When it comes to Tiny Houses, they come in all shapes and sizes. Even the definition of a Tiny House isn’t all that definitive. People who live in tiny houses live in areas that are urban to the most remote areas of the earth and everything in between. Diversity of what Tiny is, is in itself, part of what makes it so fascinating to me. As people take these ideals we share in the Tiny House Movement and manifest itself in so many forms, we find creative ways to live in small homes.
This richness of various forms allows us to rethink traditional housing in so many great ways. I have toyed with building a Tiny Home a la Jay Schaffer, which I would venture is one of the most popular approaches today. The other option I have considered is a prefab shed. Today I was able to go see a model that I have been toying with the idea of purchasing and putting in the middle of a plot of land.
There are issues with this approach of course. Like all other Tiny Home making this legal and to code is rather difficult by its nature of being Tiny. One big advantage of the prefab shed option is that these structures will almost always pass code, are easily able to obtain building permits, if you even need one! Of course officially this would have to be just a shed. It gets a bit more complicated when you are not placing the shed behind a primary dwelling. This is where I find myself.
When I was talking with the sales person at the shed store, she told me that they have had several customers live in these sheds. They call these buildings “sheds” loosely, with models up to 1000+ square feet.
Why a shed though? Well like I mentioned the ease of getting them legitimized of course helps. Second they are cheap! The model I show here is 192 Square Feet. Included are the windows, doors, installations, taxes, anchoring, site leveling and delivery all for the price of $4,200! Figure adding in permits, running power, insulation and drywall (doing the work myself of course) I am looking at a sweet house for around six grand. You could then deck it out with Ikea swag for another $500 and have a really really nice place! The only drawback is there is no loft for a bed, so you have to deal with that, Murphy bed?
The other advantage to these houses is that you can move them! Not as easily as a house on a trailer, but it’s possible. The other advantage I see with this is that they offer payment plans of $70 a month, makes it pretty affordable, considering I have friends that pay over $1500 a month in rent.