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22 November 2017

A Tiny Homes guide for would be hobbits

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by James Parton - 4 Comments
A Tiny Homes guide for would be hobbits

If you have been thinking of living in a tiny house then we hope you’ve done your homework. While there are many things to be applauded and emulated about living in a tiny home it’s not for everybody. There is a lot of change and it may not be as easy as most people think.

The first thing you have to get used to is space. Whether you’re doing this alone or with someone else, you need to say goodbye to space. All the time you won’t have any space. If you want to

Next you have to say goodbye to your appliances. Most Tiny Homes won’t have a dishwasher, a refrigerator, washing machine, or a drier. Also, no microwave, TV, Personal Computer, or other big gadgets. In some cases no Internet. If you haven’t run for the nearest gadget in your house then you may be able to survive in a tiny home.

Aside from giving things up there are other things that you need to pay special attention to.

Price

Building a Tiny Home from scratch can be cheap or it can get expensive. Some companies who sell tiny home building kits can be pricey. On the other hand if you build it yourself and make a mistake, fixing that mistake can make it more expensive too.

Safety and Security

If you live in an unsafe neighborhood you may need to include some security features to your home. If you live in a place where nature unleashes her fury make sure your tiny home is not going to be blown away or flooded, or destroyed.

Repairs and Maintenance

Some tiny homes may not be as easy to repair if you build it yourself or if you purchased a building kit from a company. You might end up having to hire the company to fix or maintain your house and that can be expensive.

Zoning Laws

Before you shell out any money for your tiny home check the Zoning laws where you plan to build your home. Some areas have a minimum space requirement for homes.

We are not trying to scare anyone but it’s important to understand the realities of a tiny home. We hope we’ve helped inform some possible Tiny Home owners out there.

James Parton

James Parton

Born and raised in Portland, James is a gentlemen with diverse interests from the great outdoors, to design. He's a freelance journalist and editor-at-large here at Jaribo.

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4 Comments

  1. Edward Mullins says:

    They look cute and all but nope. Big NOPE for me.

  2. Claire Taylor says:

    I think I’m mildly claustrophobic. I don’t have all out panic attacks but being in small confined spaces make me nervous so I don’t think I could do this either.

  3. Vincent Perry says:

    Have a friend that is doing this and so far they are not having a difficult time adjusting to the tiny house and minimalist lifestyle.

  4. Kevin Lammer says:

    My brother spent a lot of money to get his tiny house built. Hope he’s happy with it.

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