What I want, what I'm getting, and How I'll make it work.
Some time ago, I mentioned that I was given the go ahead to have a tiny home/shed in the back yard of the house that I’m staying in which is my family’s.
Now what I want is a mobile structure that I’ll be able to move whenever I am able to strike out on my own again. I would double as a mobile art studio and a temporary structure to live in full time for whatever land I can get until a permanent house is built. So for that, I wanted a vardo which I can’t actually afford. Next best thing would have been a t@da travel trailer or a t@b. T@da has a bit more room, but both are able to be towed by smaller vehicles. But those are also expensive.
And those of you who’ve been here for a while know that I’ve been thinking of a shed. So guess what I’m going with.
That’s right, the shed. I looked at the requirements for my area, and as long as they’re met, it looks like I won’t need any sort of permit which is pretty cool and saves a bit of time.
From there, I just have to think about what to get. My mom is all like get the big one (Home Depot has a large two story shed with actual stairs in it.) but I’m wondering if that might be too much. I know she’s thinking in terms of having an upstairs and a downstairs which is kind of nice, but I’m situating between a couple of rows of trees in the backyard to meet the spacing requirements and also because that just seems like the best place for it since it’s not sitting on top of the house. I mean the yard is pretty big, but I don’t want to have to make too many changes since I already have to figure out how to handle all of the ivy back there. It’s like two average sized yards and the back half is covered with poison ivy.
The actual idea I’ll be going with a shed from one of the contractors at Home Depot and fitting it out with a combination of items from ikea, craigslist, and seconds from hardware/decor stores.
The shed My thoughts are that I’ll get something about 12’x12’ or 12’x16’. I’ve been looking at the Rainbow End from Classic Manor Builders which has an 8’ side wall with a loft, or the Sierra which is the same, but has side doors instead of front doors.
My mom is however suggesting the Summer Wind which we both like, however, like I said, it’s kind of big with the smallest one being 16’ x16’.
Prices on each are as follows:
Siera/Rainbow End 12’x12’: $3,699, 12’x16’: $4,349
Summer Wind 16’x16’ $7,999
The layout & requirements
I’m actually still working on this. All I’ve worked out is what I want it to have.
Bed- I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this area and it will probably be closed in a bit for that vardo/nest feeling.
bathroom: tub is actually necessary here
kitchen with counter space, it doesn’t have to be massive, but I do need to be able to move around.
eat/work area comprised of a dinette/table/desk: as long as it’s comfortable and I can draw, I’m fine
storage: water, food, art supplies, clothing
shelves: I have a small collection of stuff that I intend to keep. I’ve started the downsizing process already as I traded a bunch of art over the summer for some of this stuff but then started thinking, how will it fit?
so i have a few question i thought you could answer. I really want a tiny house but i live in a cold place that snows A LOT. I worried about the heating and if the roof is strong enough. Also about driving it through the snow. I also was wondering where people usually park their tiny houses. And is it possible to have an electrically sufficient tiny house with solar panels, or a small wind turbine thing (if thats possible). Sorry for so many questions in one message.
Don’t allow the snow on your roof to pile up and you won’t have a collapse. The pitch of most homes will force the majority to slide off, but dormers should be scraped.
Heating is dependent on your insulation and the heater that you use. You can use a boat heater or a regular sized wood burning stove. When considering insulation try this chart (It’s for the US but it will give you a basic example) .
Tiny houses are not RVs. When you park it I wouldn’t move it unless you had to move from your city. The 8’ X 12’ weight two to two and a half tons (4,000-5,000#) and the 8’ X 28’ are seven to seven and a half tons (14,000-15,000#). If you are moving the house around frequently I would suggest calling a company. You risk destroying your transmission if you try to move it any more than that.
When you park your home you can buy your own land, rent someone elses, or park in an RV/mobile home park.
I’ve never heard of small wind turbines, but solar panels are possible in the snow. Here are some articles:
If you could live anywhere in the world with your tiny house, city codes don’t matter, and your tiny house can manifest itself in any form (tiny house on wheels, cabin, condo, small house, yurt, earth ship, etc.) where would you live, and what would your tiny house look like?
I want you all to know that I post this so that I can come visit. :3
I always think about this…but I don’t really know. My preferences lean toward cottages and vardos. So I’ll say a cottage near a lake or a river (preferably) and with a lot of space for gardening. Country wise, I don’t know, France, Canada, or even the Southern US for warm weather.
I’d have the majority of the space dedicated to the bathroom and a large front room where I’d be able to work on art. I suppose something like the Tumbleweed Whidbey but with stairs instead of a ladder to give an idea.
Alternatively, a vardo inspired travel trailer so that I could do art events. Considering that I always tend to stick to one room (excluding a bathroom/kitchen) I really don’t need much provided that I don’t feel claustrophobic.
Does it seem like people are making tiny houses just for the sake of making tiny houses to sell?
Sometimes I feel like tiny houses are getting made by people just to sell. Does anyone else get that feeling? Like perhaps it’s less about having some kind of independence now and more or less about saying hey, I’m a part of this too.
I hate how tiny houses have become this whole big yuppie thing.
Dude, the idea of a tiny house is that it SHOULDN’T COST 40K to make the fucking house. The idea is that it’s cheap, and that it stays cheap.
It’s so trendy now for people with money, it makes me ill.
I love the whole tiny house movement but it is kind of funny if you think about it. Most of those little places are running between $20,000 and $30,000 and people live in them until they can afford to buy or build a modest normal house with cash. That’s cool, I identify with the desire to be outside of the world’s systems and debt free. It is the very definition of freedom!
However, I can rent a house for three years for $20K. So where is the savings? And I love the whole idea, I am totally a fan!
As a matter of fact I’m going to go visit a lady here locally and she’s going to show me her tiny house. I’m excited about it. But again… I can rent a house for THREE YEARS before I’ve spent what folks are spending on their tiny homes.
I’ve done the math here, and I’d have to be able to build one for less than $6,000 and live in it longer than two years for it to make any sense for us. Can that be done?
I don’t know. How far into a project do you get before you’re reached the point of no return and you have to spend the next $6,000 just to keep your first $6,000 from being a total loss?
A trailer could cost you half of that price. You could buy a travel trailer with a bathroom for that much money, but I don’t think a tiny house is possible unless it’s all donated/used/reclaimed/recycled.
And I’m the same way. Rent is cheap here and it will cost me more to own a tiny house for the first 5 years but after that a rental space is $2k a year.
This is precisely why I look at sheds and teardrop trailers. I always hear about “sustainability” and “economic freedom” but it still boils down to the same thing when you’re shelling out several thousand dollars for a tiny house. I do get that companies need to make a living, don’t get me wrong, but there has to be a point where someone in what has become “The Tiny House Industry” says, hey, we’ve gone past all of the tenants and reasons for these even existing.
I thought it was something other than to be more minimalist than thou with a price tag that shows it.
Well, I’ve been given the go ahead by family to have a tiny house on their property. I just need to raise the money for it as I’m still unemployed and looking post college.
My initial plan was just an art studio in a shed (likely 12’x16’), but it was also a you can do as you like sort of thing. They actually liked the idea of a tiny house as we’d been discussing the economy, tiny houses, and alternative means of living in a society where the unemployment rate of young people is pretty high.
So with that being said, I’m not really sure if I will turn it into a full fledged tiny house, but I am going with the most sensible (in terms of finances and feasibility for me) option which is as I mentioned before, a shed.
I was thinking of starting up a go fund me, but I don’t like just asking for money and I don’t know if I want to put all of my business out there. Instead, I’ll put out there that I’m taking art commissions. I’m running them at a discounted rate from what I usually charge. Initially they were just for an event that I wanted to go to next month as well as to fund a much needed new laptop, but I may extend my own deadline and add the Tiny House to it as well.
My rates are as follows for both digital and traditional “real” media art;
1 figure per drawing: $25
2 figures per drawing: $35
Because I know that paintings may be wanted, I’ll go with a flat rate for those as well.
small: $15 4”x 6” or 5”x 8”
medium: $30-$50 depending on complexity 8.5”x 11” 9”x 12”
(Painting sizes varies due to availability of paper on hand, sorry for the inconvenience.)
I accept payment via paypal and postal money orders in US funds. US shipping is free. In order to get a commission, please either note me here or e-mail me at gothicsugarart at hellokitty dot com.
I’ve got 51 positive feedback on ebay for those who need references and have been selling online off and on since 2000 as an artist.
I’m raising $ for:
Event that I would like to go to in July
Tiny house studio
shed: $6,500 -includes building, permits, and construction
solar system: still pricing
water systems: still pricing -include catchment & plumbing
bathroom fixtures: still pricing, may go with a composting toilet and just have a shower/bath
The post has a few ideas from the original blogger as well as a link to 44 storage ideas, of which quite a few are repetitive and some are just common sense. However, I liked a few of them and thought I’d share what I found.
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The Tiny House Family is currently building a larger home and they’ve written a book about their experience. An Amazon reviewer called them “sell outs” for building their new and larger home, which I believe is 1500 sq ft.
I seen it as a brilliant plan! They are able to save a half of their household income and incur no debt, while building a new home.
They said that they were planning to do that from the beginning. I definitely don’t see it as selling out since we all know that everyone has their own reasons for getting and living in a tiny house.