Tiny Houses: Yay or Nay?

tiny housesIt’s no secret that tiny houses are becoming extremely popular. They are the earth loving, money saving, minimalist’s dream.

These tiny houses can often be no bigger than 150 sq. ft. (Don’t believe me? Check out this tiny home constructed in a truck. That’s what I call a mobile home.)

With the media pining over tiny homes more and more people are starting to prefer this alternative living. But could you live in a tiny home?

The Pros of Living in a Tiny Home

There are a ton of pros that I can see right off the bat. These include:

Financial Freedom – As I’ve been perusing tiny house blogs I’ve seen several of these homes be built for less than $10,000. How awesome would it be to pay $10k and be done with your housing costs forever? Pretty awesome considering homes are typically the biggest expense for the average American.

Less Stuff – You know how you get the urge to make every home in your house look just right? Imagine only having a couple hundred square feet to decorate. You would be able to afford whatever you wanted since you’re space is so small.

Self Sufficiency – A lot of these tiny homes have no electric and if they do have electric it’s run by solar power. And my guess is that if you wanted to live in a tiny home you’d also be looking for other ways to take care of yourself – like growing your own food, building fires to keep warm, etc.

Mobility – So besides the fact that you can make your tiny home mobile you also have the ability to save a ton of money and travel when you like. You’re not tied down to huge monthly expenses. You can do what you want, when you want.

The Cons of Living in a Tiny House

Of course it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Nothing in life ever is. So what are the cons of living in a tiny home?

The Limited Space – I don’t know about you but I have two kids. There’s just no way I could live in a 200 sq. ft. home with my kids. We’re in 900 sq. ft. right now and I’m not sure that I could go any smaller. Mommy needs her space.

The Limited Space – Did I mention how hard it would be to live in a tiny home with kids? And what about sleepovers? Yikes.

Final Thoughts

The tiny homes that are being built now a days are very intricate. It blows my mind how builders and homeowners are able to put so much function in such a little space.

Being that I’m a tad bit Closter phobic I don’t think tiny house living is for me. But I can definitely see enormous benefits for the homeowners.

What about you? Could you live in a tiny home? Have any desire to do so?


  1. says

    I can see living in a small home if I knew kids weren’t an issue. It seems like it wouldn’t be fair to the kids to make them sacrifice some of their privacy. I don’t think anybody has to live in a mansion to be comfortable, but ity bity mitt not be right either.