Could you live in a tiny house?

16 thoughts on “Could you live in a tiny house?”

  1. Steve,

    I love the concept. I’m not sure if I could do 100 square feet, but I think I’d feel pretty comfortable in 400 or so. I spend 99% of my time in the same small spaces in my 900 square-foot apartment: the bed, the couch, the dining room table. It’s not like these things need a lot of space between them.

    However, I’m wondering why this lifestyle couldn’t be just as easily done with an RV for less money? Seems like you might be paying for design here? If you really wanted to live cheaply with a small space, I’d think a used RV would be the way to go. You’d be just as mobile, if not more so.

    Best regards!

    1. My parents lived in an RV for 12 years before finally buying a house. I think the advantage of a tiny house is you can build it yourself if you’re a DIY-er, and you may be able to get a little more for your money. Some of those upgraded fixtures I’ve seen in tiny homes would significantly up the price in RVs.

      That said, RVs would be even easier to move, literally at a moment’s notice. 🙂

  2. I like these small houses. Living in one would force me to live a little more outside. 🙂 And, in fact, we only need a shelter at night and when the weather is bad. I would probably find them a little too small during winter times here in Quebec though.

    Cheers

  3. My partner and I have considered it. Sometimes we feel like we’re already in a tiny home, because a minority of the sq. ft. in our small apt. get used for the majority of our daily lives. We probably would need close to 300-400 to be able to function the way we want.

    1. It probably would take some getting used to, but I’m sure once you start living in that kind of space for a while, things will get easier and easier to handle. It’s actually quite amazing how creative and efficient you can get – when you feel like you need to.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Yes, of course! My wife and I have been living in a 5th wheel RV for almost 2 years and we love it. The key is how much of a great use of space these (and tiny homes) implement.

    EVERY person we’ve invited over to our house for a party/dinner has really enjoyed it and they always talk about how surprisingly spacious it is. We have an open floor plan and the ceiling is pretty high (it doesn’t feel like you have to squat all over our house) and there is storage everywhere! If you can maximize space properly unlike most homes which waste it, it’s incredibly easy to live in a tiny home.

    We use 100% of our house every day and we wouldn’t have it any other. It is also one of the key factors that allow us to live off of ~18K/year ;).

    1. That’s awesome, Joe! As you know, the wife and I will be moving into an RV full time in another year or so. If you’d have any interest in letting me do a story on you guys and how you effectively use space, give me a shout on my Contact page.

    1. Absolutely! I’m looking forward to the day where “cleaning the house” is a 15-minute chore, not a couple of hours. Our RV won’t take long to clean…at least on the inside! 🙂

  6. I don’t think I could live in a tiny home now that we have kids, but maybe before that. I love the innovative design and efficiency of the tiny homes. Very fun to look at, but not for me at this stage of life. We do camp with our kids but that’s as close as we’ll get any time soon.

    1. I agree, some of the storage and design features of small/tiny homes that I’ve seen are downright amazing. It’s impressive what some people manage to organize and keep into relatively tiny spaces.

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