TINY HOME FAQS
What is a tiny home? Tiny homes are fully functioning small homes typically less than 400 square feet. They can be built on travel trailers or traditional foundations.
What is the “tiny house movement”? The small house movement is the architectural and social cause that advocates living more simply in small homes (with an emphasis on houses less than 1,000 square feet). People in this movement are downsizing and simplifying the space that they live in, in contrast to the typical American home, which is around 2,600 square feet. The average tiny home is usually under 400 square feet. Many conscious people are making this choice because of environmental concerns, financial strains, and the innate desire to live free. For most Americans, up to half of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads, which translates to 15 years of working in an average life time. Rather than living pay check to pay check, the tiny home movement is suggesting an alternative lifestyle which is achieved by living in smaller spaces and by owning less stuff!
How much does one cost? The cost of a tiny home can vary between $15,000 and $80,000 depending on factors like the quality of building materials and whether you build it yourself or purchase it pre-made. In contrast, the average sales price of a new single-family home in 2013 was $324,500! (US Census)
Why live in a tiny home?
- Opportunity to live mortgage-free
- Cheaper utilities costs
- Less environmental impact
- Live consciously; buy only what you need and will use often
- Downsize and get rid of clutter
- Less housework and maintenance
- More disposable income to pursue other hobbies or passions
Who lives in tiny homes? Tiny homes and the tiny lifestyle is appealing to many types of people including single people, young couples, small families, downsizers, retirees, and children returning home. Tiny homes can be also used as guesthouses, in-law suites, or home offices.
Where can I buy one? WeeCasa can connect consumers with the best builders and experts in the industry. WeeCasa allows folks to “try before you buy” and rent casas for an evening or longer.
Where can I put a tiny home? Check your city’s zoning regulations. Some RV parks or campgrounds allow tiny homes. Also, our friends at Try It Tiny have options for land sharing and parking availability.