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10 Surprising Reasons Why Critics Don’t Like Tiny Houses

10 Surprising Reasons Why Critics Don’t Like Tiny Houses

Many happy individuals and families have praised the tiny house movement. Still, there are many reasons why critics don’t like tiny houses.

In the U.S., tiny houses have been all the rage in recent years. People from all walks of life seem to be interested in the idea of downsizing. 

For them, their needs can fit in an area that measures less than 400 square feet. 

However, does the tiny house living really work for everyone? 

As your reliable source of tiny house information, we don’t just talk about the rainbows and unicorns of owning and living in a tiny house. We will also shed light on critics’ statements about tiny houses. 

In this article, we listed some surprising reasons why critics don’t like tiny houses. 

Why critics don’t like tiny houses

They are not always right, but critics don’t base their opinions on pointless things. Again, we are a tiny house blog—but that doesn’t mean we advocate for the movement blindly. 

The Tiny House movement has its advantages, yes—but our normal and our good is not the same for other people.   

1. The semi-false promises of cheap cost of living. 

why critics don't like tiny houses - tiny house with no roof
Does living in a tiny house like this really reduce your monthly living expenses?

When people think of tiny houses, a lower cost of living instantly comes to their mind. The thought of living with no debt, no mortgage, and cheap insurance is too sexy to pass by.  

We don’t disagree, though—living in a tiny house does allow you to pay way smaller utility bills, compared to living in a bigger house. However, what about the other expenses that will add to the monthly cost of living?  

The truth is that the cost of living in a tiny house can potentially balloon bigger because of the hidden costs. 

You may have already paid off the construction or the prefab model, but you will still spend on the following as you reside in your small abode: 

  • Home improvements and upgrades
  • Insurance plans 
  • Zoning applications and permits
  • Traveling expenses
  • Parking spots 
  • Service fees and maintenance for your SUV/truck, which tows your tiny house.
  • And many more factors, which we will expand later.

This is why tiny houses don’t get the approval of most critics. The movement itself has a semi-false promise of a cheaper cost of living when in reality, some people might have to spend a little more than a small amount. 

2. Not the most ideal space for pregnancy.

This might not sound too surprising—pregnancy, after all, is a scary and overwhelming journey. So, living in a tiny house (with wheels, lord!) might sound like stepping on your own toe with thorny soles. 

Yes, you can make many preparations and adjustments to make your SO or wife comfortable, but what if it comes as a surprise? Making those changes in your tiny home will be even harder. 

Case in point: this couple eventually abandoned their tiny house when they became pregnant. Sadly, they came to the realization that their space was too tiny for the girl’s growing belly, and their living expenses were also increasing. Worst of all, they encountered unexpected health challenges. 

Because of those and a couple of other risks, it’s unsurprising why critics don’t like tiny houses. It’s also why housing and building authorities scrutinize the safety of tiny houses on wheels. 

That is why if you’re planning to start a family, you might want to think twice before you buy that plan or build that tiny abode. 

3. Raising a kid is difficult. 

why critics don't like tiny houses - a kid sleeping on a white bed
Raising a kid in an unsuitable environment is NOT a walk in the park.

Yes, this is the ugly truth— just because kids are small doesn’t mean their needs are the same size, too. Raising a kid is a humongous challenge on its own already—but doing it in a tiny house would be brutal. 

In our blog post about raising a kid in a tiny house, we mentioned that parents should consider the ethics of the act itself. That’s because every child has different needs because every child is unique. As their parent, you should be able to cover their changing needs in the various stages of their life—this is the ethical thing to do. 

California Department of Education (CDE) reports that the first eighteen months after birth is a critical stage in a child’s development. They learn how to make sense of the world—and they do it in such an overwhelming sense for the parent because they will taste, climb, and grasp everything. 

As a result, it’s only imperative that a child’s environment is comfortable and safe. Being in a limited space, your challenges in securing an ideal surrounding might increase. 

Add that to your existing problems and you might fail in achieving your goal in providing a good environment for them. 

Therefore, even though living in a tiny house may help you save expenses, you should reflect more if you are emotionally, psychologically ready to raise a child. Remember: they depend on you, only you. 

4. Structural safety concerns.

Shrewd, hungry thieves can find many ways to break into a home. That means not all houses are 100% safe, including tiny houses. However, tiny houses especially become risky when storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes are thrown into the mix of living hazards. 

Safety could easily be a deal-breaker for tiny house owners, especially if they live in nearby states where hurricanes are most common. Those calamities are also why tiny houses are strictly monitored in Florida, despite the state having RV parks. In other words, it’s not a tiny house-friendly state.

Can tiny houses on foundations and on wheels withstand external elements like storms? They can. The only thing is, you have to spend time and money on ensuring they are secure. 

Not only will you have to consider the structure’s endurance during the storm, but also the debris, electrical, and water damage after all that ruckus. You also have to check if the foundation, the windows, and roof panels are still in one piece. 

Apart from those, you also have to be sure that moisture doesn’t stay for too long in your restricted living space. Otherwise, you’ll be sneezing and sniffling from mold and mildew in no time.

Considering how “easy” it is for a tiny house to be unsafe if the homeowners are lazy and neglectful, it’s no wonder why critics don’t like tiny houses. 

5. The high cost of building one.

why critics don't like tiny houses - mobile house
You will still spend money to achieve financial freedom. Ironic, isn’t it?

Now, this might surprise a lot of people, especially those who just knew about the movement: tiny houses don’t cost a tiny amount

Don’t let the idea of downsizing prevent you from considering the additional expenses you might have in this journey. 

How much can a tiny house cost?

  • Excluding the hidden costs after constructing one, building a tiny house might cost you up to $30,000 alone. 
  • The median price of buying one might also cost more than $55,000. 
  • Ryan Fitzgerald of Raleigh Realty also recommends setting aside $65,000 for building a tiny house. 
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which can be considered tiny houses, might also cost you up to $200,000. 

What elements affect those prices? Well, there’s plenty—materials, the builder, the building permit, and the location. If you buy a prefab model, you might also pay for a hefty shipping fee. 

Buying only a kit or the blueprint and then building it on your own will allow you to save a lot of labor cost, obviously. However, you are risking that peace of mind from knowing your house is built by licensed experts. 

This is why most critics refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of tiny houses. They say that people become blinded by the inexpensive lifestyle—when in truth, they will still need to spend a considerable amount of money before tasting that financial freedom. 

6. Inevitable isolation.

You’re a human, not an island—you don’t always have to deal with things by yourself all the time. However, in living in a tiny house, you might find yourself in that situation frequently. 

It might be challenging for you to find your tribe, a.k.a. people who also live in tiny houses. Why? Well, for one, some states are just beginning to build tiny house villages and communities, which means only a few of them exist in a state. 

Another barrier is parking spots. In the U.S., it’s already hard for large vehicles like trucks to find a decent parking area. Imagine finding spots for a whole house on wheels! 

Besides that, some parking spots will also cost you $300 to $600 every month. Nevertheless, it’s still way cheaper than apartment rent, which could go as high as $1216.

The point here is you will jump through several hoops before you settle in a place where you can be around like-minded individuals. Therefore, isolation, when you’re living in a tiny house, is inevitable. 

Being human beings, we need socializing as it affects our overall health. Even the quality and the number of our social relationships are factors in the longevity of our lives. It has also been proven that socializing has a positive effect on relieving work stress

For those reasons, it’s understandable why critics don’t like tiny houses. People may benefit from the low cost of living in one, but some are not really mentally equipped to handle the drawbacks that come with it—one of them being isolation.  

7. Poor-performing resale value.

why critics don't like tiny houses - resale value of tiny houses are poor
Tiny house loses its value pretty quickly.

You might want to think twice if you’re buying a tiny house as an investment. Tiny houses, especially those on wheels, don’t do well in the resale value department. 

There are many reasons for this. First of all, tiny houses don’t maintain almost all the critical factors that boost resale value.

Location, usable space, age, and condition—most tiny houses just can’t compete with regular houses when it comes to those. You have to deal with the irregularity and unavailability of tiny house communities, plus the constant maintaining and upgrading of the house.

The market of tiny house buyers is also not that big and active. Remember the legal hoops you have to jump through to own and live in a tiny house? Yes, that also discourages people from buying into this trend. 

This is why critics don’t give this movement a chance, especially those who are long-term thinkers. 

8. Sanitation issues. 

Let’s talk about what most of you are really curious about… How does sanitation work in tiny houses? Do tiny houses have toilets? Where does the waste go? The questions can go on and on. 

Critics specifically scrutinize sanitation in tiny houses. It’s understandable, though—a tiny space that’s not well-maintained will easily become a breeding ground for bacteria. 

Moreover, apparently, the waste can be an issue to the local waste and sewage authorities, since the homeowners often use composting toilets. 

It can also be challenging for plumbing professionals to install a waste system that has different specs than the average toilet, but it still has to cater to the local building code.

Tiny houses do have bathrooms with functioning toilets and showers. The toilets, in particular, are specially designed for tiny houses on foundations and for RVs. 

For example, the water-only toilet is hooked up to a sewer permanently, so you can flush the waste and urine using water only. Meanwhile, a power-only toilet disposes of waste in trash, which will be picked up. 

RVs can also have toilets that use both water and power to dispose of waste, which will then go into black water tanks. 

As for the smell, the key is proper ventilation to induce proper indoor airflow—just like in regular-sized houses.

The myth of poor sanitation with tiny houses does not ring true all the time. It all depends on the owner. So, the critics don’t get a point on this one, even though their concern is valid. 

9. There are many fakes in the industry. 

woodworkers building a tiny house
You have to hire the legit builders and craftsmen even though you’re building a tiny house.

Even builders and suppliers of tiny house models and plans have weighed in on this. In every industry, there are two evils: the greater ones and the lesser ones. 

The greater ones? Those who pretend to be authorities and entice people to buy into this movement using promos and low prices. 

People who unfortunately fall for it are those who are starving for a downsized life. 

Remember, this is a living space of which they are taking advantage—a place where people stay for years. It’s simply not fair for the scammers to use this for their own benefit, without thinking about the impact on those gullible people’s lives. 

This is why even though tiny house advocates have increased in number, their critics in the government and property sectors still exist… They are still pushing against the movement. 

10. Too many legal hoops and obstacles. 

Finally, tiny houses get the disdain from critics because getting one right now is simply complicated. 

Sure, the movement is spreading around the world, but one can’t deny that buying a tiny house is still a major event in a person’s life, even though the house is tiny. 

Here’s the thing about building or even buying a regular house: it’s not that easy. Sure, you can hire a realtor or an appraiser to take care of things for you. However, it will still be a parade of exhaustion and financial setbacks. Did you know that buying a house is one of the most stressful events in life?

Now, imagine getting a property that’s not yet recognized in your state, which market is not too big yet. Indeed, the stress that comes with buying a tiny house will be, ironically, bigger.

This is why critics don’t simply have confidence in tiny houses—one has to buckle up and toughen up before they achieve that downsized, mobile life.  

More about tiny house critics 

The not-so-surprising reasons why critics don’t like tiny houses

why critics don't like tiny houses - little house on the prairie
Tiny houses still don’t attract some people because of simple reasons like space and sanitation.

Restricted common area

In a tiny house, every inch of the floor space and wall space matters. Tiny houses measure under 400 square feet; that’s why any allowance in your common area should only function for mobility and traffic. 

It will just come out as a waste if you give yourself the luxury of allocating spaces for coffee tables, throw pillows, etc. Your guests will have to understand why your common area is small. 

Not enough space for recreation

When you’re not working, what do you do? Read a book, play video games, or paint or draw—or perhaps all of these? You might have difficulty doing recreational activities in a tiny house, especially if you live with a younger kid. 

Just like what we said, the floor space in a tiny house is crucial. You might have to make many adjustments to create a nook for recreational activities. For instance, you might have to make cleanups more frequent to free up space constantly.

Complicated for throwing a party

Do you like throwing gatherings in your home? Sure, it’s not impossible in a tiny house, but it will be more challenging. It might also take more time to prepare. Just think of the waste the guests will inevitably generate and the cleanup after the party. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

However, don’t lose hope that quickly. Check out our blog post on how to throw a party at your house. We listed a few tips and some recipes.

Zoning issues

The most blaring barrier to tiny house living is zoning. If you live in a state with strict zoning regulations, it might just be easier to give up and find a better and safer alternative. 

Several states in the U.S. allow tiny house living, but they still have restrictions. Tiny house living is one endeavor you should only explore when you’re ready, and you are financially equipped.

Conclusion 

As you can see, tiny house living is not a fairy tale. Don’t get the wrong ideas about this lifestyle. It requires patience, money, and time to achieve that downsized life. 

If you are dead serious about living in a tiny house, then, by all means, start your research now. Talk to the authorities and get advice from realtors. 

You’d consult a doctor when you’re sick, right? So, it’s best to converse with property experts when you’re itching to live in a tiny house.

If you have any more questions or if you disagree with our list, let us know in the comments below. We’d like to learn from you!

Related questions 

Why is tiny house living illegal? 

Tiny houses are illegal in several states, primarily because of their building and zoning codes. They might not have modified their codes, specifically, the required legal size of a dwelling.

Besides that, tiny houses are also complicated to regulate because of their safety issues from the restricted space.

Can you live in a shed in Oregon? 

It depends on the duration and if you already built the shed in your background. If it’s temporary because your main house is under construction, and if it has comfortable amenities, then it might be okay to reside in the meantime. 

In Oregon, sheds are considered accessory non-habitable structures. However, in Central Oregon, several builders are offering prefabricated sheds. Therefore, it’s possible that you might find some way to live in a shed. You have to clarify with your town’s zoning codes though if you can put a new shed in your backyard. 

What rooms do tiny houses have?

Tiny houses can have bedrooms, kitchen space, bathroom, common area, and lofts, which you can access using a roll-up ladder. The lofts can also serve as sleeping spaces if you have a guest. 

You can also put storage boxes on the loft if you’re short on storage space. RVs or tiny houses on wheels can particularly have two bedrooms, which is one master bedroom and one sleeping area with bunk beds.

What is the Tiny House Movement?

What is the Tiny House Movement?

 A tiny house, part of the Tiny House Village at the Home Show
For the past few years, the tiny house movement has become popular throughout the world due to the benefits that come with it.

Tiny houses are of increasing popularity every passing day. It has become famous in a lot of countries and a lot of people are switching to it. But what exactly are tiny houses? What is this so-called Tiny House Movement all about? 

There is no official definition of what a tiny house is. But generally speaking, it is known as a house that is no more than 600 square feet. They can be built on foundations but are often on trailers. 

Let’s find out more about what the Tiny House Movement is all about. 

What is the Tiny House Movement?

The Tiny House Movement is an architectural and social movement that encourages living a simpler life in a smaller space. A lot of people, regardless of their work and status, have determined that living in a large house with all the expenses that come with it is not really needed. It is not connected to the happiness of the people who live in it either. 

These people have switched living in a tiny house which has drastically reduced their emotional and financial burden. And, a lot of them of DIY’ers. They are DIY’ers in the sense that they like to build their own homes which empower and gives them a sense of fulfillment. 

Due to that, the Tiny House Movement has become more popular. More companies have capitalized on selling pre-built and customized tiny houses too.

Why People Are Going Tiny

Little house in the prairie.
The Tiny House Movement has encouraged a lot of people to live a simpler lifestyle with the limited space that tiny houses offers.

Over the past few years, a lot of people have turned living in a tiny house. Their individual circumstances might be different from one another, but their reasons for switching int tiny house living is due to the following:

1. Financial Benefits 

Living in a tiny house is more cost-effective. The first financial benefit of living in a tiny house is that the initial cost of building one is not expensive. Besides, you can build your own tiny house at a cost that is lower than buying a car. 

Tiny houses are in no way different than conventional homes. This means that they last as long as conventional houses do. They might come cheaper, but tiny houses can provide shelter for decades. 

The savings don’t stop once the tiny home is built. Due to their size, maintaining it is easier and less expensive too. The utility cost is less as well. 

Additional savings can also be accumulated with reduced property taxes or rent. Tiny houses are not considered as an improvement to land since they are not permanent. This means that they don’t add value to the land in as much as they don’t have any expense to the property taxes. 

Lastly, living in a tiny house keeps you away from shopping which ends in buying unnecessary stuff. With your limited space, you will surely think twice before buying something you don’t really need but want.

2. Simplification 

If you aim to simplify your life, then moving into a tiny house is not really necessary. You can make use of different ways to simplify it now. You don’t actually have to wait for weeks or months, or even years. This is true, but there is something with tiny houses that would force you to live a simpler life. 

Living in a tiny house means that you will be owning less. Fewer staff means less mess. You don’t have to upgrade and maintain the space that you have every waking day.

Once you have started with the process, you won’t even notice it. You will just consider it a part of your daily routine. 

When you live in a tiny house, you will be forced to live a simple life. You can’t indulge in too many home luxuries since you need to consider the space that you have. You will learn to say no to things that don’t really matter. 

The financial reason is the primary reason why a lot of people switch to a tiny house. And the simplicity of life when living in a tiny house keeps them in it.

3. Environmental Benefits 

As mentioned above, the amount of electricity and other utilities that you use is lesser when living in a tiny house. Aside from saving money, little did you know, you are saving the environment too. 

You are protecting it from the negative effects of the things that we regularly use in the household. In fact, there are tiny homeowners who went as far as not using any utilities at all. 

In addition, since you are consuming less than living in a full-sized house do, the waste that you have which goes into the landfills is lesser too. So, you are helping preserve the environment where we live in your own little ways. Ways that you are not even noticing you’re doing in the first place. 

Challenges of Going Tiny

Mobile tiny house. Great for outdoor experiences and wildlife. Lots of mobility and pure adventure. No need for special authorizations, only a decent car to pull this tiny house and off you go.
Tiny houses comes with a lot of benefits and challenges that you have to deal with.

Just like anything else, the tiny house movement also comes with challenges. You should overcome these challenges before you decide to join the tiny house movement. 

1. Where to Park your Tiny House

Most probably, the biggest and hardest challenge for people who want to switch to tiny house living is finding a place where they can legally park their home. Codes and laws differ from one place to another. They can’t just simply pull in and declare that they are living the property for their tiny house. 

Most countries will not allow you to live in a vehicle for more than 30 days. This is because they consider tiny houses an RV. 

To find out more about the state by state regulations when it comes to tiny houses, check out our STATE-BY-STATE TINY HOME REGULATIONS EXPLAINED FOR BEGINNERS.

2. Financing and Insurance 

Financing and insurance are another set of challenges that you have to face when transitioning into a tiny house. These companies greatly rely on the exact values of the things that they finance and insure. But with tiny houses, those values are not clear or reliable most of the time. 

For example, you built your own tiny house but unfortunately, you did it the wrong way. So, there is a possibility that your tiny house could be worthless. But thankfully, there are a good number of financing and insurance companies already who are willing to take the risk because of the increasing demand for tiny houses.

Who’s Joining the Tiny House Movement?

Anyone can reap the benefits of living in a tiny house but the primary dwellers of tiny homes are made out of two groups – younger individuals or couples and those who are retiring. 

1. Younger People

Younger people are interested in moving into tiny houses since they are very flexible and can make lifestyle changes faster. They can easily move into tiny houses since they do not have other things to consider aside from themselves. 

They also live a busy lifestyle that they do not have a lot of time to get a lot of things. So, minimalism works easier and faster for them.

2. Retirees 

Due to your desires, bills don’t simply change regardless of your age. To be able to pay all those bills, you could either reduce your cost of living t a level you can sustain or have enough savings to support yourself. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not have enough money saved for them once they get old. 

But with tiny houses, retirees can lessen the bills that they are paying. The biggest reason why this group does not go with tiny houses at times is due to the uncertainty of a permanent living location. Sure enough, you don’t want to be told that you have to find a new place to stay right after retiring.

Conclusion

The Tiny House Movement has been circulating around the globe for years. But, it still has remained a mystery to a lot of people. We hope that this article has helped you figure out what the tiny house movement is all about.

Related Questions

How much does a Tiny House cost?
An average tiny house cost around $20,000 – $30,000. If you are on a tight budget and are willing to recover materials from dumps, Craig’s List, and the like and you already have the tools needed, you can build your own tiny house for as low as $3000. But if you have the budget and you want to use top-shelf materials in building your tiny house, you will spend around $50,000.

Aren’t they dangerous?
Generally speaking, tiny houses are safe. Tiny houses adhere to or even exceeds most of the building codes. Most tiny houses are built on trailers. This means that they can handle more stress and pressure than traditional houses. They are even safer than traditional houses. In times of serious danger, you can simply hitch your house into your car and drive away. Tiny houses are also made out of high-quality materials and are constructed even better.

Are Tiny Houses legal?
It depends. There are states which allow tiny houses in as much as there are states that do not legalize tiny houses. What you can do is to find out if the place where you plan to build your tiny house legally acknowledge tiny houses. This will save you from any legal problem soon.

The Top Hacks in Maximizing the Space in Your Tiny House

The Top Hacks in Maximizing the Space in Your Tiny House

Mobile tiny house. Great for outdoor experiences and wildlife.  Lots of mobility and pure adventure.
Tiny houses offer a limited space which can be very challenging to deal with.

So, you are living in a mini house – a structure that is not more than 500 square feet. This means that you have very little space to work with. How will you organize your life with the limited space that you have?

It sounds impossible but definitely, you can do something to stay organized with the little space you call your own. Who says you need a full-sized house anyway? 

Tips and Tricks in Maximizing the Space in a Tiny House

Here are some of the things that you can do to maximize the space in your tiny house:

1. Keep Your Storage Areas Open

One little secret to make your kitchen appear larger than its original size is to keep your storage areas open. There’s nothing complicated here. Simply unscrew your cabinet doors. 

Doing so draws the focus upwards, directing it to your dishwares and kitchenwares. Keeping your storage areas open gives the room the impression that there is still enough room even when in reality, there’s none. Also, the color of your dishware will add a pop of color to your tiny house. This makes the room look wider too. 

2. Use Room Dividers Instead of Walls

Walls break the already small space that you have thus, your tiny house will ever look smaller. Try using room dividers instead. 

Room dividers work as well as having walls to divide your space. It still gives off the traditional house feeling without taking up too much space. It also eliminates the need to cut off the little space that you have which makes the room appear crowded. 

If you do not want room dividers, give curtains or glass panels a try. 

3. Install Retractable Pantry Drawers

Don’t have enough space to put all your kitchenware? No worries! Retractable drawers are the solution to your lack of counter space problem. 

Retractable drawers are a good choice in storing small appliances or cutleries. With these crafty and hidden storage drawers, keeping your things out has never been easier and convenient. 

4. Try Under Stair Storage 

With the little space that you have, it is very important that you maximize all the available spaces. And, this includes the space under the stairs. 

You can maximize the space under your stairs by installing built-in drawers or roll-out carts. These ideas sound good since the space under the stairs is tall and deep. So, if you still have a lot of stuff to keep, most especially when they are big for regular drawers, give the space under the stairs a try. 

Small wooden cabin house in the evening. Exterior design.
The limited space in a tiny house could be very challenging most especially when you are just new to it.

5. Make an Organization Board

Sure enough, you have a lot of clutter with you. Don’t let it build. If you do not have enough space to put your mail and other clutter, try making a DIY organization board instead. 

You can choose whatever design or pattern you wish as long as it serves its purpose. And that is to keep helping you keep your mail and other stuff organized. You can also use this organization board to hang your daily reminders or display your pictures and the pictures of the people you love.

6. Use a Clothes Separator 

Small drawers? Don’t fret about it. Clothes separators can keep your clothes organized and compact even with the small drawers that you have. Clothes separators are not just for undergarments. They are also best for shirts and shorts to help you maximize the space of your drawers. How? Simply roll your clothes and put them in there. 

This is a good option if you have a lot of clothes that you just can’t simply let go. With this, you can store and still use them when needed. 

7. Use Your Door as a Storage 

If you think you have already used all the space that you have, then you are wrong. The spaces in your tiny house are still underutilized. There is still a lot of space you haven’t used, and that includes your doors. 

Yes, your doors serve a purpose too when living in a tiny house. They aren’t just there to keep your tiny house closed and secure. They can also be used to store your things, be it your jewelry, clothes, scarves, and so much more. 

You just have to bring out the creativity in you and a little DIY will do. You can install curtain panels where you can hang your stuff. 

8. Install a Hidden Power Strip

Whether you are living in a mansion or a tiny house, regardless of the space you have, hanging wires are surely not your thing. They don’t look attractive at all. 

Instead of having them hanging around, you can put a power strip inside your bedside drawer where you can charge and hide your electronic devices. 

This also helps you organize your electronics so that you can easily find them all in one place. This is a very sneaky way to keep your wires organized as well. 

9. Make a Storage Under Your Bed

Double purpose beds are things of today. Just like almost any furniture that you have in your tiny house, your bed can be used as storage too. 

Besides, you can store a lot of things underneath your bed given the size of it. Ideally, you can use it to store your clothes so that you can easily access them. Or, you can put your valuable things there. 

Basically, you can put anything in there. If you do not have the budget to make storages fixed underneath your bed, you can use some cheap bookshelves to organize your stuff. 

Off Grid Tiny House on Wheels in Forest Clearing surrounded by Flowers
Living in a tiny house is amazing despite the limited space that it has to offer.

10. Make a DIY Space Rack

If the kitchen is your heaven, then, sure enough, you have a lot of spices and other cooking stuff. This means that you will need a lot of space to store them. 

But since you are living in a tiny house, how will you do it? Well, you just have to figure out how to get the most out of your pantry. This includes using up every ounce of the wall space that you have. 

Since your space is very narrow, you can attire little wire baskets into the wall and store your spices in there. As simple as that, you already have a spice rack.

11. Make a Magnetic Make-Up Organizer 

If you are one of the girls who love makeup so much, then a magnetic makeup organizer is a must-have when you are living in a tiny house. A magnetic makeup organizer saves the drawer and counter space in your bathroom. 

Basically, with just small magnet strips, you can hang almost every beauty supply in there – makeup, make up brushes, blenders, cups, and so much more. That’s how powerful vertical spaces are. 

12. Make a Breakfast Bar

If you do not have enough space for a dining room table, a breakfast bar will do most especially when your tiny house has a window with a good view. A breakfast bar is more space-saving and is actually cheaper. 

Plus, a good view will make things even better. You can relax while eating which is simply the best.

13. Use a Gallery Tray Table

Instead of the traditional living room table, using a gallery tray table is way better due to a lot of reasons. It can be used as a storage and a tray as well which you can use when serving food items. 

These gallery tray tables are movable so you can use them in doing a wide range of household chores. You can use them to organize your magazines, serve food, and you can even eat there. They can easily be moved so in case you need a bigger space, you can simply put them in the corner.

Conclusion 

Who says you don’t have a lot of space with your tiny house? Your tiny house has a lot of space to offer. You just have to figure it out and learn to organize it well to maximize everything in there.

Related Questions 

Is it okay to install a bathtub in a tiny house?

Yes, you can install a bathtub in a tiny house. To be more particular, you can install a three-fourths tub. The tub may be tinier but this is definitely a little piece of heaven and luxury in your tiny house bathroom. Besides, installing a bathtub in your tiny house will make it easier to bathe the kids in case you have one. 

What paint color will make my tiny house look wider and better?

Generally speaking, the color white makes a room look brighter, bigger, and better. So, you can paint your tiny house white and accentuate it with some white decors. If you really want to get the most out of it, paint it all white not just to trick the eye but to make it trendier and fresher as well.

What appliances can I have in my tiny house?

You can have a little of everything. You might be living in a tiny house but definitely, you can still have your tv, ref, stove, and oven with you. You just have to learn how to maximize the spaces that you have so that your tiny house will not look overcrowded with all the appliances that you have.

A Tiny House Can Have Slide Outs. Here’s How

A Tiny House Can Have Slide Outs. Here’s How

There’s only so much space to go around in a tiny home. For this reason, some manufacturers thought of adding slide outs to a mobile tiny home. And it worked! 

When done right, slide outs can increase the floor space of a tiny home by a few dozen square feet. In some cases, it may double your tiny home real estate, depending on its design. This feature allows the tiny mobile home to have additional space when needed while keeping its street-legal size. 

The idea of adding slide outs is nothing new. The first ones to popularize this concept are, you guessed it, recreational vehicles (RVs). Although similar, the construction of slide outs for RVs and tiny homes also has a slight difference.

In this post, we will discuss more how a tiny home can have slide outs. Let’s get started.

Can a Tiny House Have Slide Outs?

You can integrate slide outs into a small home. However, it’s an arduous process that requires diverse skills in engineering design, carpentry, electrical installation, welding, and more. 

Because it’s a complex project, most people choose to hire professionals to do the work, instead of doing it themselves. However, the additional materials and amount of labor involved also make a slide out retrofitting or installation quite expensive. 

Slideouts can be installed in a variety of ways. 

It can be integrated on the sides of the tiny home, in the front and the back. Multi-floored tiny homes can also have it on any floors, provided that it doesn’t compromise its structural integrity. 

Initial Steps to Take When Adding a Slide Out

  1. Design a slide out rig that won’t structurally weaken your tiny home. You can consult a structural engineer to point you where to weld support beams. Choose a method to insulate the walls of your slide out. 
  2. After this, decide how to seal the “joints” so moisture won’t enter your home. Sealing the joints also prevent cooled or heated air from escaping. 
  3. Determine what the added space will be used for. Will it be used to accommodate furniture, a large appliance? Or will it be used for a particular part of the house such as a bedroom?
  4. Buy a motor and gearing mechanism with positive locks. Pick a drive system that is watertight sealed. Decide whether to use a manual rocker switch or drive electronics for your slide out panel.  
  5. Choose which one to use – a hydraulic drive assembly or a gearing or rack system. Plan where the actuation system will be mounted and if it needs to be welded into the chassis. 
  6. Pick the orientation of the glide system between a floor-mounted and a side-mounted. You may need a unique mechanism if you choose to install a ramp system. 
  7. If you have furniture currently inside your tiny home, take it out temporarily. Remove any components that sit underneath your vehicle, such as the fuel tank. 

Things You Need to Install a Slide Out

  • Awning
  • Carpentry toolkit
  • Composite wall panels
  • Drive and actuating assembly
  • Electrical toolbox
  • Metal tubing
  • Plumbing toolkit
  • Windows in frames

Best Examples of Tiny Homes with Slide Outs

Tiny home manufacturers recognized the value of slide outs to their customers. As such, several companies have offered tiny home on wheels (THOWs) that are equipped with a slide out features. 

Below are some of the best examples of THOWs with slide outs:

1. The Aurora

The Aurora is a 26-feet long mobile small house developed by Canadian design firm Zero Squared. At a push of a button, it transforms from an 8.5-feet wide mobile home to a 15-feet wide dwelling when parked. 

The Aurora’s floor space measures 374-square feet when its slide outs are expanded. The vast amount of space allowed the designers of the unit to incorporate an urban apartment layout. The floor space is enough to accommodate a queen Murphy bed on the main floor.

The house also features a full-size couch and a built-in entertainment center. It also has its own kitchen complete with a 30-inch stainless refrigerator and stainless steel range with exhaust hood.

To regulate the desired temperature, the manufacturers installed R-26 wall insulation using structural insulated panels. Meanwhile, they use R42 insulation in the tiny home’s roof. A 50-amp hookup powers the house, but it can also go off-grid by using solar panels.

2. The Sawtooth Toy Hauler

Tiny Idahomes built this 34-feet long tiny home with a 6-feet wide slide out in a bedroom located on the gooseneck of the trailer. The custom-built Sawtooth Toy Hauler is 8.5-feet wide and 13.5-feet tall. It seats on a 34-inch fifth-wheel trailer that can be pulled by a full-size SUV or pickup truck.

Because of its humongous floor space, it can accommodate a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Its manufacturer also installed a 6-gallon propane tank for its water heater. 

The rear end of the tiny home also has a fold-down ramp door for extra storage space. It can fit an all-terrain vehicle or a buggy while still keeping plenty of livable space. Moreover, the gooseneck bedroom can easily fit a queen-size bed. 

Its manufacturer also offers a wide variety of additional features and customization. This includes making the unit completely off the grid. 

3. Double Slide Outs Tiny Home

This tiny home can transform into a spacious living area matched with a beautiful interior at the touch of a button. Created by Mint Tiny Homes, this 36-feet long stationary small house has two slide outs.

The house’s exterior is made of board-and-batten siding paired with a metal roof. It has two doors, one leading to the main floor bedroom and the other into the living room. 

The first slide out adds space into the downstairs bedroom. The extension brings in an extra room around the bed and places to put, say, a closet. Meanwhile, the second slide outstretches the living room space. 

Its manufacturer also loaded it with amenities such as a gas cooktop with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and a breakfast bar. The bathroom has a tile shower wand has a solid surface counter. Above it is a small loft that you can access via a ladder. 

4. Jamboree

This 250-square-feet Jamboree tiny home is another offering from Tiny Idahomes. It was first introduced during the 2016 Tiny House Jamboree, which was held in Colorado Springs. The house features, among other things, three slide outs. 

It’s been certified by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and was deemed road-worthy. Among its many amenities is a living room that has a built-in sofa bed and a dining room for two persons. 

The main floor bedroom has built-in cabinets and storage shelves. It also has two large windows that provide excellent ventilation. Furthermore, its kitchen features Corian countertops, a refrigerator, mahogany cabinets, and a 22-inch gas range. 

Going into the exterior of the house, it is a mixture of the modern and country-style layout. Furthermore, it’s equipped with 55 gallons and 38-gallon holding tanks. It connects to the grid through a 30-Amp cord.  

5. Ray McCue’s Tiny Home

Ray McCue, a 57-year-old engineer, designed a tiny home for his retirement. The house features an innovative gable slide out, which has numerous purposes.

The largest slide outs serve as his entertainment center and office, while another turns into a dining room table. Meanwhile, the couch also turns into a full-sized bed using sliding mechanisms. Not to mention, a smaller slide out serves as storage for his barbecue and solar batteries. 

It took Ray, roughly two years to design and another year to build his tiny home. He also sold his house so he could afford a few extra luxuries into his tiny retirement home. But, according to him, everything was worth it.

His tiny modern home now has amenities such as a spa shower with jet system, two-basin kitchen sink, and a 4- burner stove and oven. The house also has a loft for storage and can be used as a sleeping area. 

Pros and Cons of Adding Slide Outs in a Tiny Home

Tiny homes don’t necessarily need to have slide outs. But having them added to your house solves a lot of problems related to living in a house. However, installing a slide out in a tiny home is an arduous process, especially if you do it yourself. 

Below are the advantages and disadvantages of adding slide outs in your small house:

Pros

  • Provides additional living space where you can add a lot of stuff or amenities
  • The added space can also transform into a functional room or walkway
  • Slide outs can also be used to store things such as solar batteries and even a bicycle
  • It also eases some pain points when your tiny home transitions from mobile to fixed and vice versa  

Cons

  • Requires a lot of funding, especially if you want it added to a complete tiny home unit
  • Insulating a slide out is very difficult. Filling the gap between the exterior wall and slide out requires the services of an expert builder.
  • Water can also penetrate the gaps of a slide out if not done properly
  • Some slide out mechanisms are prone from breaking and requires constant maintenance

Overall, slide outs offer a lot of opportunities to the homeowner, especially in terms of living space. However, it also poses some serious problems when not done right. Hence, you need to measure the pros and cons before you install them. 

Deciding on Which Part of the House Should Have Slide Out

You can install a slide out virtually on any part of the house that has walls. You can install a slide out on the front, rear, or sides of your unit. Deciding where to put it is usually tricky and there are several things you need to consider first.  

Planning where to put the slide outs also entail careful planning. It all starts with what part of the house do you feel need additional space. Is it the living room, the bedroom, or perhaps you want a storage space?

If you plan to build a slide out over an already completed tiny home unit, you first need to consult a structural engineer. They can tell you whether it is plausible to implement your idea or if the plan will compromise the unit’s structural integrity.

Slide outs are usually placed next to the walls of the tiny home. However, you need to add support beams and other building components to make it more stable. Be sure that the added materials and the total weight of the home won’t exceed the current limit of the trailer it’s on.

Hiring a Professional or Doing It Yourself

You can hire a professional to add a slide out, or you can treat it like a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project. However, there are pros and cons to each route. 

Hiring a professional slide out installer or retrofitter is more expensive than making it a DIY project. However, their craftsmanship and the end product is likely much better than what you could produce. 

Moreover, if you hire the right team for the job, it would only take a jiffy to finish the project. 

On the flip side, doing the project yourself can be quite cheaper, especially since you won’t have to pay for labor. However, some of the installations can be quite complex; it would take you longer to finish. 

Some projects also require specific knowledge which can’t be learned by merely watching tutorial videos online. If you DIY the installation, you need to pack a lot of patience during the trial and error phase.

Installing the Slide Out Before or After the Tiny Home is Built

Ideally, you want to install the slide outs before your tiny home is fully built. Doing so will allow you to carefully plan the floor design and where things will be placed ahead of time. This procedure will also ensure structural integrity and compliance with the building code. 

Slide outs can be quite tricky to add in a tiny home. Unlike RVs, most mobile small homes do not have a unibody chassis or frame. Instead, it follows the design perspective of a typical house—albeit with thinner walls and lighter materials.

However, if you already have the tiny home fully furnished, you can still add slide outs. Very few tiny home owners have tried this because of its labor-intensive. 

The challenging part about this procedure is removing most of what’s inside your tiny home. Furthermore, you might also need to disassemble several places in your small home, including its walls. 

Hence, if you want a tiny home integrated with slide outs, make sure you add them during the construction of the unit and not after. 

Conclusion

Limited space is one of the main challenges that persist in tiny homes. For people who want additional living space, adding a slide out is the optimal choice. It might be quite expensive, but the comfort it brings is rewarding. 

Related Questions

Is slide out legal to have in a Tiny Home?

Yes, they are. But you also have to abide by precise measurements prescribed by the building code and the road user’s law. For example, a tiny home on wheels must not exceed 8.5-feet in width for it to be road-worthy.

If your tiny home is going to be built on a foundation, it must comply with the jurisdiction’s building codes. 

Is it Expensive to Install Slide Outs?

Yes, it’s costly. Hiring a professional will cost you around $4,000 to $8,000 depending on the materials used and labor fees. If you plan to do it yourself, it will cost you anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500. 

If you want more bang for your buck, the best route is to buy a tiny home installed with slide out from a manufacturer. This move will save you tons of time and money compared to adding the slide out to a complete tiny home. 

How Long does it Take to Add a Slide Out?

It depends on the complexity of the project and the mechanisms to be used. A professional installer can finish it in a month or two. However, doing it by yourself may take several months to even a year, depending on your schedule. 

Should Tiny Homes Have a Foundation or Stay on Wheels?

Should Tiny Homes Have a Foundation or Stay on Wheels?

Should tiny homes have a foundation or stay on wheels?

Living in a tiny home, while it sounds appealing, is no picnic. The challenges that come with the tiny house lifestyle are not meant to be easy. And if you’re thinking about joining the tiny house movement, then you’re into something BIG. 

There are many things to consider. One is whether to build your tiny house over a foundation or on wheels. And so, the question arises: should tiny homes have a foundation or stay on wheels?

Regardless of where you want to build your tiny home — be it on a foundation or wheels — each option has advantages over the other. And of course, it’s fair to say that each also has its disadvantages. 

You might be wondering which of the options is best. Well, you’re on the right blog post. Read further as we dissect the upsides, downsides, and other whatnots of both tiny houses on a foundation and wheels. 

To Roll Or Not To Roll?

The tiny house movement has gained broad exposure in the media. And no doubt, the TV shows and magazines have expertly drawn many to join the campaign. 

The primary goal of the tiny house movement is to inspire people to live simply in tiny homes to promote financial prudence and conservationist living. 

Some, though, join the tiny house campaign because of the fringe benefit that comes with it, like the mobility that tiny house on wheels offers. This is a big deal, especially for those who are always driven by their wanderlust — their pursuit to roam the world and saunter different places. 

The concept of living in a tiny home is, nonetheless, dreamy. But it’s not as appealing as many think. As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of factors to consider. One is to decide whether to have your home built on an affixed spot or wheels. 

To help you get through this dilemma, allow us to enumerate the advantages and disadvantages of both options. 

tiny home on a foundation
A tiny home built on a foundation has a lot of advantages

Why Your Tiny House Should Have A Foundation

When you hear the word “tiny house,” the first thing that probably pops out of your mind is one that has been built on a trailer. True, a tiny house on wheels is an excellent solution for those who are fond of traveling, but it’s not for everyone. 

Some people love to live in a home with a backyard they can garden in. This led us to a new tiny house concept that has captivated those who fancy residing in a traditional home while living a tiny lifestyle. 

There’s really no reason for you to put your tiny home on wheels, unless if you want to take it on the road. Building your tiny house over a foundation comes with a lot of benefits, including:

Living in Your Own Land

Building a tiny house on foundation means buying a piece of land you can construct it in. You may rent a piece of land, but it’s a risky option you don’t want to take. 

There might come a time when the landowner will decide to sell the land or use it personally. In this kind of situation, you may lose your tiny house. And so, that’s the reason why buying a piece of land is a better option. 

This shouldn’t be so hard since there are a lot of great deals you can find. Some cities even sell small vacant lots at no more than $1,000. 

Building your tiny house in your own land means you don’t have to stress yourself in finding parking lots or campgrounds, which, often, is tricky. 

Applying for Loan? No Worries!

Most banks don’t lend money to someone who plans to build a home on wheels. This is because tiny houses on wheels tend to depreciate in value and deteriorate as time goes by. 

Banks, in general, are more willing to invest in the construction of houses that they can resell if the lendee isn’t able to pay back the loan. 

Plus, houses that are always on the move are harder to foreclose. 

Land Value Appreciates

The reason why properties appreciate is plain and simple: it’s because of the limited supply. Because after all, no one is producing any more land… that is, earth!

This factor is essential, especially if you’re constructing a temporary home. Unlike tiny houses on wheels that depreciate over the years, homes built in an affixed spot are an investment. 

Think about it: even a run-down house still holds some value because of the land.

Forasmuch as the foundation is in good condition, people will want to purchase your property. 

Less Maintenance

Unlike tiny houses on wheels, a tiny home perfectly perched in a permanent spot is less likely to experience wear and tear. 

Houses on wheels require regular attention, specifically the wheels and the trailer. Let’s not forget the sidings that need to withstand all the rocks and gravel that kick up while you’re driving.

Your home built on a foundation will experience none of these. The only areas that will need regular checkups will be the surrounding of your property, such as trimming your bushes or mowing your lawn. 

Need a Basement? Check!

A basement is a necessity for tiny houses. It gives you extra storage or living space. 

A basement is only possible for tiny houses built on a foundation as it requires excavation.

Utility Hookups Are Doable 

People living in tiny houses on wheels often stress themselves when it comes to plumbing and electricity.

This is true, especially for those who want to live off-the-grid. Off-grid living requires the dwellers to come up with alternatives. This means using solar power, water tanks, and compost toilets. 

Houses built on a foundation, however, allows you to hook up to the grid so that you can have conventional electricity and plumbing. Your toilet can be tied up to a septic tank system or sewer. And most importantly, you have the option to connect to the WiFi. 

The Disadvantages of Tiny Houses on Foundation

Now that we’ve discussed all the good things about tiny houses on foundation, it’s time to talk about the downside… the things that will perhaps give you a second thought. 

Buying a Property Can Be Pricey

Buying a piece of land may cost an arm and a leg. True, you can find great deals, but because of the high demand, it can be difficult and tricky. 

The price of the property will vary depending on your location. 

Some tiny house dwellers choose to join the tiny house movement to cut down expenses and live a simple life. 

If buying a piece of land is not a viable option for you, then a tiny house on wheels might be the best choice. 

Repairs and Maintenance Are Costly

True, tiny permanent houses may not require as much maintenance as a tiny house on wheels does, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t ever need to be maintained and repaired. 

Your tiny house, though built in an affixed property, is never exempted from harsh weather conditions and other non-weather related damages. 

A petite home on a foundation is just as exposed as a mobile house. Kids may punch holes inside the house, a storm may break some parts of your home and cause a leak, the water heater could break down, or the electric system may not be updated. 

Plumbing repairs can also add up to the expenses. More so if you hire help. 

If you rent a home, you can simply call your landlord and have them take care of the issues. But when you own your place, you need to shell out cash from your pocket.

While homeowner’s insurance can be a solution, it doesn’t always cover routine maintenance, sewer backups, mold, or termites. 

If you plan to have your tiny house built on a foundation, you must keep a substantial cash reserve to cover maintenance costs. 

Adding a Basement or Crawlspace Requires More $$$

Because of the limited space, you might think of adding a basement or crawlspace to get an extra room for storage. 

While this is doable, it’s worth noting that adding a basement can be just as expensive as building the house itself. 

Excavation is needed. You will also need to mimic the shape of your home. Hiring professionals is a good choice. It will save you time and ensure your basement meets the standard quality. But then again, it will require you to spend big. 

No Mobility

Because your home is permanently affixed in one spot, there’s obviously no way for you to bring your house on the road. 

If traveling isn’t that much of your liking, then this should not be a big deal. 

But let’s not forget how mobile houses can move from one place to another. When a disaster strikes, a tiny house on wheels can be easily transported to a safer place. 

a tiny house on wheels
A tiny house on wheels has features that a stationary home can’t offer

Why You Should Live in a Tiny House on Wheels

Now let’s talk about how great tiny houses on wheels (THOW) are. There sure are a lot of upsides in dwelling in a THOW, but the most prevalent is probably its ability to travel with your house. 

If you own a truck or an SUV, you can easily tow your tiny home to places — for sightseeing, visiting family and friends living afar, or living in various places for extended periods. 

And if your job requires you to move to another place? You can easily take your tiny house with you. Isn’t that lovely?

Movability for Your Tiny House

Just imagine how relaxing it is to sleep in the very comfort of your home after a long trip. No need to book hotels. No need to set up a campsite. Just go straight up to your bed. You can sleep tight with all your belongings. 

Promotes Sustainable Living

Living in a THOW means transitioning to an off-grid lifestyle. Sounds intimidating? No. An off-grid lifestyle actually promotes sustainable living. 

You will be relying on solar panels for power and use a composting toilet to conserve water. Your primary source of fresh water will be water tanks, or better yet, streams (if you’re living near a water source). 

More Affordable Than A Stationary Tiny House

You do not need to buy a piece of land for your tiny house on wheels. That alone saves you A LOT of money. 

Most people cannot afford to buy a property without taking out a land mortgage – a debt that can go as long as 30 years!

Tiny Houses on Wheels Are Not Always Subject to a Building Code

Yeah, that’s right. Tiny houses on wheels are not, in most locations, subject to building code. Why, you ask? It’s because they’re not constitutionally considered a structure. 

The Disadvantages of Tiny Houses on Wheels 

While there are lots of good things to say about THOWs, there are still some drawbacks that need to be discussed. It’s vital to take these disadvantages into deep consideration before embarking a THOW living. 

Transporting Your Tiny House Isn’t That Easy

Transporting your tiny house may sound easy and swift, but it is actually not as easy as many make it sound. 

It’s not just about hooking up a tiny trailer to make a quick trip. No. You will have to disconnect utilities, and several features (interior and exterior) need to be secured to ensure safe transport. 

Some places also require special travel permits depending on the size of your tiny house. 

Yes, there are LOTS of things to do before you can transport your tiny house on wheels, something that turns off many people.

Tiny Houses on Wheels Relatively Breaks The Law

As mentioned already, a THOW can help you fly under the radar and skip building codes. This, for some people, is breaking the law and an act of civil disobedience. 

Your Stay Is Always Temporary

In most places, THOWs are considered an RV. You can even camp in an RV, but your stay is limited. 

Moreover, some law requires any RV used for camping to be certified by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. This means you will have to build your tiny house to the RVIA standards. It will then be inspected for compliance. 

While you’re able to go around building codes, you may still be stepping into a more complicated set of standards that need to be followed.

Your Tiny Home on Wheels Can Experience More Wear and Tear

Because you will always be traveling with your mobile home, it’s fair to expect that it will be more susceptible to wear and tear. 

The vibrations due to rough roads can cause damage to your home. Let’s not forget how they can still be exposed to harsh weather conditions. 

Maintenance Can Be Costly

Maintaining your trailer house means regularly checking and changing your tires. 

The overall health of your THOW must be maintained. This is not just the house itself but also the entire trailer; the framework, bearings, tires, lug nuts, hitch, and lightings. 

Final Takeaway

After going through the pros and cons of tiny stationary houses and on wheels, it’s time to recap the question:

Should tiny homes have a foundation or stay on wheels?

Both options have advantages and disadvantages. Regardless, both choices allow you to live a minimalist, sustainable lifestyle. 

Related Questions

Which is better? A tiny house on a foundation or on wheels?

There’s no better than the other as both have advantages. The best choice will depend on your preference and budget. 

Do tiny homes appreciate in value?

Unfortunately, tiny homes depreciate like cars and RVs. This is the reason why most banks aren’t willing to invest in tiny houses. Small houses, however, have a better resale value than tiny homes. 

How much does it cost to live in a tiny house?

The cost of living in a tiny house can go anywhere from $10,000 to $180,000. It can even go higher than that, depending on how luxurious you want your tiny house to be.