Does size matter? It does when it comes to the growing real-estate trend of “micro homes.”
In a consumption-based society where “more is more,” there’s a surprising movement gathering steam. An increasing number of Americans are downsizing their homes and moving into “tiny houses,” which range from 65 to 400 square feet, according to the blog Tiny House Talk.
The benefits of living in a tiny house are almost too many to count. Monthly bills start to look like chump change. The homes are cozy and easy to manage, not to mention better for the environment. And the size limitation forces tenants to unclutter their life — getting rid of unwanted stuff and embracing a sense of minimalism and purpose.
For me the most important benefit I can convey you will experience living tiny is FREEDOM! Freedom from the financial burden of a high mortgage or rent every month. Freedom from having to invest in a stressful job to maintain a mortgage or rent. Freedom that comes from low or no overhead. Needing less money to have the security of a sound home without the expense.
Choice:You will have more choices. You get to choose how you spend your waking hours. Will that be investing in someone else’s business, company or investing in you? You choose how many hours of the day you work, the hours you spend with loved ones, the hours spent on doing things that make you feel good. The things that feed you, physically, soulfully, mentally….whole.
Comfort: What do we really need to be comfortable?
A well built, well insulated structure to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You got it! The 2×4 wall framing can be insulated with R13 fiberglass or their are many more green options such as wool. I’ve even thought of re-purposing plastic grocery bags.
A functional kitchen with a full size sink, stove/oven, refrigerator. You got it! This tiny is designed for a tiny but full kitchen.
A functional bathroom. You got it! The bathroom is 3’3″ x 7’11” designed for a shower, sink and toilet of your choice and a box out for a fan above the window.
A good nights sleep. You got it! There are two lofts to accommodate sleeping quarters with options for a bed on the main floor such as a murphy bed, futon, a Japanese bedroll or a sectional.
Ease of mind. Knowing you are safe, secure and you own it. No huge bills dictating what you HAVE to do to exist. You got it!
Low maintenance. If you have ever been a home owner, you know there is no end to repairs and upkeep on a traditional house. In this well-built micro-home, yes there will eventually be some upkeep but so little of it. 🙂 Pun intended. You got it! The steel roof should last a lifetime. I am confident of the structural integrity. I made it a priority when I built it. The trailer frame is beefy with a load weight capacity of 10,000lbs. The windows and door are new and energy efficient.
Mobility. You got it! When life throws you the unexpected curve ball, or if you have that itch and by choice you want to move, you can take your home with you. No starting over from scratch No hassles scrambling to find a new home. Ease of choice, ease of change.
The Man. That’s what we used to call the establishment. I don’t know about you, but I have been discouraged and yes even upset at times trying to live by all the restrictions, high cost of living and rules (I won’t mention where). How does a person breathe? How does a person attempt to live a life focused on personal choice, family and self development, which in my view is what makes a person a well rounded conscientious citizen. Well, at the risk of offending, I say here’s to The Man.
Happy. Be happy. Isn’t that and love what makes life worth waking up everyday and feel the sun on our faces whether its sunny or cloudy? To feel the fire that fuels us. What’s important to you? When you break it down, what do you really need to be HAPPY?