Have you ever dreamed of living in a tiny house?
Maybe you’ve seen HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny House Hunters where they profile individuals and families looking to downsize and start life anew in a much smaller space. And something about those houses caught your eye.
If you’ve dreamed of living a life of independence and self-sufficiency, tiny house living might be right for you. And it just might be the best option for your homestead.
If you want to learn more about tiny homes for your homestead, keep reading.
What is a tiny house?
Tiny houses are homes that are usually 100 to 400 square feet; a fraction of the size of a traditional 2,000+ square foot family home.
These simple homes come with the basic necessities such as a kitchen and appliances, living space, bathroom and usually a sleeping space. And they can be as bare or as modern as you would like.
The idea of the tiny house is to make use of every inch and to get multiple uses from every item in your house. The kitchen table is also a desk. The stairs to the loft are also storage.
Tiny houses are also mobile. Many can be transported with just a pickup truck or an SUV while larger homes might need a semi to be moved. But that option is available in almost all circumstances.
Is a tiny house right for my homestead?
If you own land without a house on it, a tiny house would make a great option. Especially if you don’t have the money to build a more traditional house right now. You can live your dreams in a tiny house without needing to take out a loan.
A tiny house, as you would expect, is also easier to build. It can be built much quicker than a larger home and a single person can do most of the work themselves without the help of another person or heavy equipment.
And a tiny house reflects the homestead lifestyle. The purpose of a tiny house is to use only what you need. To live a simpler life. To not waste anything. And to spend more time outside.
How expensive are tiny houses?
The cost of constructing a tiny house can vary greatly. Many of the tiny houses you see on HGTV cost close to $100,000 for a complete, move-in ready 300 or so square foot home. You could do that. But it doesn’t need to be that expensive.
Regardless of your budget, here is what you need to keep in mind when building your tiny house.
First, are you going to do it all yourself? Or will you be hiring labor? Do you have materials from the homestead that you can use to build the home or do you need to purchase everything new? What type of materials will you use? And will your house be on-grid or off-grid?
As with anything, the handier and more resourceful you are, the more you will save.
Tiny houses truly do come at all price levels. For some, you might just need blueprints. Others might prefer the move-in ready model. Maybe you are somewhere in between. Regardless of budget, there is likely a tiny house option for you.
How many people can live in a tiny house?
The first reaction many people have to tiny houses are something along the lines of they look awesome but it’s just not practical for a family of four, five or more. Maybe if I was single, but not now you might say.
You can live in a tiny house with kids. As with any tiny house experience, it just takes some work. And intentionality.
Toys need to be limited. Everything needs a place. And all items need to be cleaned up and put away at the end of the day.
The tiny house will bring your family closer together, if for no other reason than because you don’t have another option. But if you are on a homestead and need some space, you can always send the kids out.
After all, that’s why you live on land, right?
What if I want to live off-grid?
For many, tiny houses represent a freedom. A freedom to simply pack things up (house included) and get on the highway.
So if you want to live off-grid, a tiny house is a great option. Setting up solar panels is relatively easy because of the small size. You can also go with a composting toilet and onboard water storage.
Whether your off-grid goal relates to travel or independence, you can make it work in a tiny house.
Tiny houses as a bug out option?
But what if you have different goals? Maybe your homestead is complete, and you have no need for a tiny house. Or it just doesn’t fit your lifestyle.
We talk almost every day on this blog about what you can do to be prepared in case of a disaster, whether manmade or natural. We have bug out bags, but do you have a reliable bug out location? Should you count on just a tent? Maybe you have family or friends on the other side of town or the other side of the state. That’s great, but they might not always be the best option.
As we’ve talked about with a tiny house, you get a house with all of the basics you need to survive. At a much cheaper price. The smaller size also means you can purchase less land to put it on for when you need it.
If you are looking for a bug out location, I’d think about a tiny house because it is practical, yet relatively inexpensive.
For homesteaders, for those just needing a bug out option or those who just want to downsize, a tiny house can be a great option. It can mean independence, freedom and the chance to live the life you truly want.
Do you or have you ever lived in a tiny house? Have you ever built a tiny house? If not do you know someone who does or has? Please add your comments below…