We’ve all heard of downsizing, but some individuals decide to take it one step further with tiny house living. Tiny house living is a more simplified way of living that consists of buying or building a house with only the essential parts that you need to live. So what qualifies as a tiny house? Generally, a tiny house is less than 400 sq ft.

When thinking about converting to tiny house living, there are a few factors to take into consideration, some positive some negative. This article outlines 5 things to know about tiny house living before you make a commitment.

The cost of tiny house living

The most important factor to take note of is the price of tiny house living. For many people, the cost of tiny house living is extremely appealing as it is considerably cheaper than buying a house. The average cost of buying a tiny house ranges from £35,000-£60,000. Alternatively, you can build your own tiny house for around £12,000-£15,000. For some, that’s the cost of a house deposit alone.

You’ve then got the cost of running a tiny house, which is naturally a lot cheaper than a house. For all your bills, you’re looking at around £300-£600 a month. The cost of running a tiny house is considerably cheaper than most households.

Design your house carefully

When downsizing, it’s important to remember that imagining your space and actually living in it are two completely separate entities and with a tiny house, it can be easy to get on top of each other. Tiny house living isn’t designed for those who like their own space, so bear this in mind if you are planning on transitioning to tiny house living.

With a tiny house, there is no room for clutter or unnecessary items, you need to ensure you have a huge de-clutter before moving into a tiny house. You also need to think about where your furniture is going to go to make the most out of the space you have. If you are struggling with this, enlist the help of a tiny house expert.

Tiny houses are great if you move a lot

Are you someone who moves a lot for work? Or do you love to travel? If so, a tiny house is perfect for you. Although tiny houses don’t come with wheels, tiny houses can often be easily towed from one location to the other, making them great for those who travel frequently.

Although you may be thinking a motorhome may be an easier shortcut to having a home you can easily move, a tiny house is more practical and gives you more space.

You’ll need to double up on your storage space

When it comes to tiny house living, storage is everything. As you won’t have a lot of space to fill with big shelving units or storage boxes, you’ll need to think outside the box when it comes to storage. For example, you can implement stairs that double up as drawers.

This kind of thinking will ensure that you are making the most out of the space that you have to avoid your tiny house being cluttered.

Decide where you are going to live

Although your new home will be small, you won’t be able to live anywhere you like. Firstly, you need to research local laws to ensure that you can put your tiny house where you would like it to go. Once you have determined the area you would like to live in, you need to pinpoint where in that area you are going to live.

There are a few routes to go down when it comes to this, the most obvious being to buy your own plot of land. Although, this is easier said than done and not everyone has the budget for this. If you are fortunate enough to accumulate your own plot of land, then you need to make sure you also have planning permission to be able to build your tiny house on that plot of land.

Another route to go down is to contact park home sites. Although in most cases, owners would often sell you a plot of land with a park home already built, you may find one that will be willing to just sell you the land itself. You could also go down the route of renting a plot of land, this would be beneficial if you move around a lot.

In summary

In summary, tiny house living can be a great way of life for some people, if done properly. It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of tiny house living to make sure it’s right for you and your family before making a commitment.