I recently watched a TV program on tiny houses and was reminded of the time we lived in our RV full time.
If you haven’t seen tiny houses, most are similar to trailers, many are on wheels, but they are a bit taller to accommodate sleeping quarters above the living quarters. They are usually smaller than 300 square feet. One family, however, had a main home that was about 200 square feet and then smaller, separate tiny structures, one for their teenage daughter and one for their teenage son, creating a compound type of living space.
These particular tiny houses on this program were built on the cheap. One was built for a total investment of $11,000. You could spend $40,000 or more which could get you a pretty nice tiny house.
Thinking back to my younger days I’m sure some of my early apartments weren’t much bigger than these tiny houses and they were far more expensive on a monthly basis, and certainly didn’t have the tiny house efficient use of space.
But could you live this way? Could you embrace a lifestyle of less stuff, fewer luxuries, and more outdoor living all in the name of simplifying and spending less?
What many people are doing is buying a nice piece of land and then putting these tiny houses on them to live with beautiful surroundings without the high cost of building a traditional home. And from what I’ve seen it’s not just the tree huggers that are embracing this lifestyle.
Personally, I’m thrilled to see more options in the way people live today. Not everyone is embracing the idea of owning a huge home with its high maintenance costs. However, some are.
I also enjoy watching a program called Insane Pools. Last night’s show profiled a professional golfer and his wife who were building a monstrous house in Florida who contracted the Insane Pool guys to build them a backyard paradise. I’m just guessing here but I’ll bet the pool area alone cost $500,000 or more, and the house, millions, for a young couple expecting their first child.
I truly love that people can live any way they want to, and if the money is there and they want to spend it to build a huge home with a resort-type pool in the backyard, God bless them.
With a tiny home, you better be able to get along well because there is no place to hide. With a monstrous mansion, you could go weeks without even seeing each other. Hmmm, maybe I just stumbled upon a good reason for a monstrous home. For people with huge incomes and large amounts of assets, I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to live in separate areas of the house rather than getting a divorce. (I say this with tongue in cheek, but there may just be a shred of truth here.)
In any event, most of America is not prepared for retirement and the tiny house trend might just take off. When we first moved to New Mexico we stayed in a nice RV park that had many long-term/permanent residents living in various types of motorhomes and trailers. I thought at the time if someone didn’t have a lot of money this could be a viable option for retiring comfortably without spending a lot. The downside of the RV park is your neighbors are about 5-10 feet away.
At least with a tiny house, you can buy a piece of property and live with a little more privacy, at least in places that will allow it.
So what do you think? Could you embrace the tiny house way of living? And if not, why not? I’m curious to hear your opinion. Share your thoughts below.