Going tiny is no easy decision. It is a choice based on more than just square feet and a desire to travel the highways and byways. In fact, size and mobility have little to do with anything other than the initial step. A number of other factors come into play such as…well, factors such as the following.
HOW WELL BUILT IS THE TINY HOUSE
If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times. The integrity of a build is THE most important factor in choosing a tiny home. No one wants to live on a Tuff Shed ratchet strapped to a utility trailer from the feed ‘n seed store. Consumers deserve a tiny house that is built on a solid metal frame fabricated specifically for tiny houses. Consumers deserve a home built of solid materials that while not weighing tons, still offer supreme rigidity and structural integrity. Without these elements in place, the house is little more than a rolling ramshackle.
IS THE INTERIOR DESIGNED FOR FULL-TIME LIVING
Sure, the efficiency of a two-burner, propane range is awesome, but if those two burners are situated right up against the wall, with no vent hood or counter space for working, they can be more of a liability than a blessing. Likewise with a shower that has a shower head that reaches only to the small of your back. Point is, the interior of a tiny house needs to be designed by someone who understands living in small spaces and how things should function in multiple ways.
CAN YOUR TINY HOUSE ACTUALLY BE LIVED IN
The unicorn of the tiny house movement is the picture of the sloppy tiny house; clothes strung about, dirty dishes in the sink, towels on the bathroom floor. Not everyone lives like slobs but most houses that are truly lived in have some sign of actual life. If that means a streak on the front door glass, so be it. If it means toothpaste globbed on the bowl of the sink? Great! But a tiny house is no good if it doesn’t allow the dweller to live in comfort and to actually live a life inside.
DOES YOUR BUILDER HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION
We live in a consumer-driven and reputation-driven world. We trust peer reviews more than anything. That said, if a builder has a bad reputation and does not have a history of honoring his commitments, working to supreme standards, or treating the consumer with respect, the house will come with a good case of remorse or even resentment.
ARE YOUR PRIORITIES IN THE RIGHT PLACE
Why are you going tiny? Have you really stopped to think about how you may feel waking up each morning in a home the size of most American’s bathrooms? Are you going tiny because you have really dug into the need -vs- want mentality? Are you looking to reconnect with the world around you and want less “stuff” around you to block that relationship? No matter what, you should be sure that going tiny is what you want to do, for your reasons alone.
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