One of the biggest challenges when moving house is deciding on the location. Though there are plenty of plus and minus points to living in both urban and rural areas, it can be hard to decide on exactly where you want to be for the next few months or years of your life. Moving house is expensive, and it can cause upset in other areas of your life too – there’s good reason why it is often named as one of the most stressful events in a person’s lifetime – so it’s not something to be undertaken lightly. For this reason, most people put a lot of thought into where they’re moving to before they begin the process.
But what if your house could move with you, rather than you moving to where your new house is? We’ve already spoken about transporting your brick-and-mortar house and rebuilding it in a different location, but there is another way. And we don’t mean living in a tent! Tiny homes have been gaining momentum as a viable alternative lifeway across the globe for the past decade or more. They can be anything from a converted shipping container to a custom-built tiny house on wheels, but more and more people are turning to them as an option. They are different to caravans and motorhomes – though these dwellings can also fall under the tiny home heading – and yet can be moved around fairly easily with just a vehicle and a trailer.
Let’s dig into the reasons behind why tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and how you could get involved for yourself.
So, What’s It Really Like?
Although it can sound like an unbelievably positive choice at first, with little to no drawbacks, the reality of tiny house living is that it has ups and downs like anything else. In order to prepare yourself, one good idea is to read the blogs and watch the videos of people who have already experienced building and living in a tiny home, to get a feel for the challenges and opportunities presented by this lifestyle. You might even find yourself wanting to blog or vlog about the whole experience yourself.
With widening access to both WiFi and 5G internet connections across the planet, it’s not even necessary to sacrifice much in order to live in a tiny home. Entertainment options like brain training with puzzles, playing some fun games via Pokerstars Casino, and listening to Internet radio can all make a tiny house feel more like a home. With such fast internet connections available, it’s also now possible to work from home easily, leaving you with more time to enjoy your living environment.
Entertaining guests can still be practical and enjoyable, by utilising hidden seating options and making the most of outdoor space. In fact, living in a tiny home can improve your connection to nature and boost your workout routine, or reawaken your creativity whilst bringing you closer to your neighbours.
Why Go Tiny Though?
For many people, moving house means an upgrade to a more spacious and well-furnished home. Starter homes are often smaller and have idiosyncrasies like a second bedroom that’s more like a walk-in cupboard, or an attic space that hasn’t yet been converted. When people move on up the property ladder, they tend to want more bedrooms, more bathrooms, larger square footage and even a garden. Why sacrifice this for a glorified box on wheels? Well, there are plenty of good reasons why.
Tiny houses are cheaper to buy and to run due to their petite size; they have less environmental impact as they use up less building materials and run on a lower amount of energy; and they give owners much more opportunity to live in unusual locations, like in the middle of a forest or at the bottom of somebody’s garden. They can be a lot more convenient in lots of ways, and above all, they’re fun! When purchasing a custom-built tiny home, you can even include lots of fun features like reading nooks, net hammocks and more. They can be fully personalised to your individual taste at a fraction of the cost it takes to renovate a standard house.
How Do You Make the Leap?
There are plenty of different opportunities available when downsizing to a tiny home. You may join an existing community living together on a piece of land, or you might move into a property belonging to someone else, like a shepherd’s hut, traveller’s caravan or summerhouse. Alternatively, you could have a tiny home custom built to your exact specifications, down to the square footage and the colour of the exterior cladding. Tiny homes are really what you make of them.
Many people are upcycling empty plots of land, in both urban and rural settings, by building tiny homes on them using shipping containers, old buses or horse trailers. This attitude of reduce, reuse, recycle is particularly poignant when space is at a high premium and you can’t afford to hold on to anything that can’t prove its usefulness. However, if you can access a suitable piece of land and obtain planning permission for a dwelling, then the world is your oyster. There is no one way to develop a tiny home – you simply have to access your own imagination and hash out a way to make your own dreams come true.