Mr Jay Shafer is the responsible genius that came up with the idea of small houses! His company, known as Tumbleweed, is part of the small house movement. In 2002, he founded the Small House Society in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2003, he was commissioned by Gregory Paul Johnson to build The Mobile Hermitage, which became one of Tumbleweed's first commercially sold homes.
When did small houses begin to bloom?
It turns out that during the catrina hurricane disaster in 2005, Marianne Cusato developed 308 square meters of cottage designs for the homeless victims and the small house movements bloomed.
You want one? What to do next?
Identify the square foot you need. Visit local prefab buildings to get the feeling of what is your minimum requirement or rent a small house for a week-end to make an assessment and experience your practical living in a small house. Then start brainstorming and planning the setup and storage needs. Slowly, but surely you begin to form your image of the inside of your little house.
A factory building of 320 square feet is enough to make it comfortable and the transition from large to small is very easy. Some also include all appliances and plumbing systems. All you have to do is pay for the building (about $ 35K), plus taxes and transport. Another option is to contact a builder of your choice.
You must also examine the state's laws and requirements for these small houses. A good resource for information is through The American Tiny House Association.
There are several different resources and websites that sell plans, workshops, existing properties for sale or even rental. So these little homes are here to stay long and a definite solution for not paying the mortgage for 30 or 40 years.
Get creative inside single-family homes
Imagine yourself inside a small house and exactly what you expect to feel and be comfortable. Let us renew our thoughts right now … Be sure to have enough kitchen cabinets, maybe a launching table, a small selection of ovens, enough disk space for cooking, a small sink, closets for your bedroom and where you would squeeze in your washing machine / dryer combo, oh … and don't forget your bathroom products. Want a loft or same floor bedroom? If you have a loft, how do you want your stairs? Do you have storage under or in your stairs? In terms of your living room, go into creative equipment to save space with a small sofa with drawers or underlay, perhaps a drip table to eat or work with a laptop and continue working on all your ideas by drawing them. With all your ideas, you prepare a layout drawing and include measurements.
There are many ideas out there for small-scale furniture that saves floor space. Beds with storage boxes, corner desks, floating desks, drop leaf folding tables, storage trunks, Murphy beds, bed that slides out or up and down from the ceiling some many many more. The truth is that, whether inside a small house or not, this is also good evacuation-saving ideas for small apartments, small rooms, sun rooms, dormitories, guest houses, urban areas and even studios. Many innovative and creative ideas come to life every day from different sources and all because of their need. Very well said by Plato "necessity is modern for invention".
Last but not least – A reality check
I recently read an article "Dear People Living in Small Homes – Medium" by Lauren Modery where she wrote this article on Tiny Houses and brought up some raw realities to live in a small house that was not so good, but the truth is it depends on how much square meter you buy your small house, it can be tailored to be very comfortable and efficient. You will enjoy many good experiences as being able to take off when you want to travel, enjoy mortgage life, pay very low tools and get billed for smaller property taxes. Without a doubt a great blessing!
But in the end everything will plan ahead wisely by staying within your budget and ensuring that your expectations are met.