10 Shocking Things No One Tells You About Living in a Tiny House
While browsing Pinterest you may come across a dozen gleaming tiny homes that have you seriously considering packing up your stuff and moving into one of your own. Well, before you do anything, consider these facts about living the tiny house life.
While one of the benefits of a tiny house is having increased mobility, an obstacle with owning a tiny house is a lack of permanent address. Unless you register your home on a proper property, you won't have a real postal address. So while you might be able to describe to a pizza deliverer how to get to your home by using surrounding landmarks, you can't shop online or even receive mail at your home.
Another issue with a tiny house is clutter. Despite the immaculately organized tiny house designs found on Pinterest, a tiny house is just as likely to get cluttered as a traditional home. In fact, it might actually seem cluttered faster if just one item gets out of place.
Unlike a traditional home that has multiple rooms for tenants to wander off into alone, there just isn't enough space for that in a tiny house. As you'll see in the video above, you'll need to learn to compromise on basic things like which TV show to watch and what meal to have for dinner due to tight confinements.
Since there's not even a enough room for a family to do multiple activities, you can also forget about inviting friends and guests over. Even if you never considered yourselves ones to host dinner parties, your move into a tiny home will result in visits of only one or two guests at a time in the house. There is also a restriction on availability for guests to sleep over. So unless you can host a party outdoors and invite your guests to camp in tents, you won't be able to host a lot of company.
When moving into a tiny house, one of the greatest challenges is downsizing. Even though downsizing can be a positive thing, in the case of a tiny home it also means that you have to get rid of some sentimental and valued pieces.
Before building a tiny house, you need to consider city permits. Even though a tiny home is similar to an RV, cities are still in the process of figuring out how to zone them. Some claim that they need to be attached to a foundation and connected to utilities which makes the house seem more like a guest house.
Additionally, in order to be classified as a tiny house, it needs to be less than 500 sq. ft. While obtaining the size may not be difficult, you may face legal trouble since many states have minimum home size requirements that tiny houses don't meet.
Since regular sized appliances are typically too big for a tiny house, the home owner must look for custom sized appliances. This creates higher costs and can lead to additional frustration since retail availability of accessories for tiny houses is incredibly low.
In addition to higher costs and frustration, custom appliances also cause living restrictions. While you can traditionally have a kitchen sink, that is typically the only full sized object in your kitchen. Most people only use mini fridges and a stove top with no oven. So this poses multiple challenges for those that like to cook meals.