Owning a home can be at times, a chore. You find that you have to pay bills that you didn’t realize you had; that you have to maintain parts of the house you never use and that redecorating it when you want to can be a nightmare.
You may always have mixed feelings about the size of your house and want something that is a bit smaller. Somewhere that gives you the kind of intimacy that you have always craved.
You might want something called a tiny house. Tiny houses have recently become more and more popular in America in recent years and more people have decided to live in them.
They give them the ability to have a home that isn’t constantly needing to be repaired and that they can find peace and comfort in.
You might have many questions about tiny houses. How big are tiny houses? What states are tiny houses allowed in? How much do tiny houses cost?
This piece will set out the facts for you so that you know whether you want to buy a tiny house or not.
How Big Are Tiny Houses?
Let’s address the first question which is raised about tiny houses – how big are they? Many people ask this question first because, given the name for them, they are curious about what kind of size they actually are.
Are tiny houses really tiny, so tiny someone couldn’t live in them or are they able to accommodate many people?
Tiny houses are generally designated as being houses smaller than 600 square feet though the average tiny house in the United States is somewhere around 225 square feet.
This may sound particularly small but given that the average tiny house is 87% cheaper than the price of the average typical home, this is something that you might want to consider.
Whilst you might think that you aren’t getting a lot of space for the amount of money you’re paying out, you are of course saving money that you would otherwise be spending on buying the house.
You’ll also be cutting down on your electricity bills because you won’t have to spend so much heating or lighting your new tiny home.
In Which States Are Tiny Homes Allowed?
This may seem like a strange point but – which states are tiny homes allowed? You’d presume that they are allowed across the United States.
However, due to planning restrictions tiny homes are in fact only allowed in certain states.
The states that allow tiny houses number about twenty-six in total and include California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Texas. So, if you are thinking of buying a tiny house it is worth looking into whether your state even allows the construction and sale of tiny houses.
Equally important is whether the state you are living in has certain restriction on tiny houses.
Even states that are friendly to and allow tiny houses to be built will have different restrictions regards the size of the property, the amount the property costs and how long the property can remain where it is.
This is why doing your research first is vitally important when you are looking to buy a tiny house and you might need to see whether you can actually get one where you live and or whether you might have to jump through several legal hoops to get them.
How Much Do Tiny Houses Cost?
Now that we’ve discussed what size tiny houses are and which states tiny houses are built, let’s look at how much a tiny house cost.
As mentioned earlier the average tiny house costs about 87% less than the average home. This equates to about $52,000. You can even find tiny homes cheaper than this, sometimes in the region of $30,000 to $40,000 depending on the area that you live in.
As mentioned above, the size of the tiny house also ensures that you will be certain to not pay as much for your gas or electricity as you would with a larger home.
Often, tiny houses are also linked up to renewable energy sources.
This is because tiny houses, unlike normal size houses, can cut down your carbon emissions dramatically.
Traditional houses not only take up a great deal of space but also have a tendency to emit much higher negative energy footprints, but they not only need more energy to heat but they are also more likely to let more energy seep out and effect the atmosphere.
Tiny houses that are linked to renewable energy sources not only don’t have the problem of needing a lot of heating because they are smaller, but they also ensure that energy doesn’t leak out of your home.
This is because tiny house is often better constructed than regular sized houses and less likely to have had some of the dodgy building work that many normal houses suffer from.
Why Having A Tiny House Is Good For You?
This piece has explained how much tiny houses cost, how big they are and which states they are allowed in. The tiny house experience is of course hard to capture if you don’t live in one yourself.
It is much warmer, comforting and in many ways freeing than a normal size house. Rather than feel constricted by a home that can eat up your money and make you feel as if you are no longer in control, a tiny house can allow you to spend your money how you want to.
Tiny houses also make the world a better place by not needing the same amount of infrastructure, energy or repairs that larger homes need.
This is why a tiny house is something you should seriously consider purchasing in the future.
Tiny houses are here to stay, and they are likely to become more and more of a recognizable aspect of American life.
They point the way forward to a future in which the planet’s well being really is put first and we all live much more sustainable lives. It’s a future we can only hope comes as quickly as possible.