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A Tiny House On Wheels - What Advantages Does It Offer?

May 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 215

These houses are definitely growing in popularity, but what exactly are they and why are people embracing them? It can be summed up like this; they're one solution to the housing market collapse and a desire to get back to a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle.

Since the 1970's the average house size has steadily increased to over 2400 square feet, doubling since the 1950's. The trend is now going in the opposite direction. People are giving up their large houses in suburbia to move back into smaller, more affordable abodes closer to community activities.

One such group of people, collectively known as the "Tiny House Movement", are opting for much smaller homes. They're choosing to build and live in houses whose foundations are on cargo trailers. Most are under 160 square feet.

Now it's true that not everyone can live in a tiny house on wheels. But, if you're someone who can, the advantages are many. Here are some of the major ones:

Housing Cost. For the price of a mid range automobile you could buy your own well built tiny home. The current price of a new tiny house can run anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on your particular needs. Building it yourself and using reclaimed materials are two options to drastically reduce the price.

Savings on Energy Costs. Energy costs are constantly climbing with no end in sight. The cost of heating and cooling a tiny house is infinitesimal compared to a "regular" house. With solar energy systems, LED lighting, and propane fireplaces costs can be held to only a few dollar a month.

Quality. Custom built tiny houses are built with a level of craftsmanship you just don't find in the new home market these days. These houses are well framed and insulated to withstand highway travel and be extremely energy efficient. In a house where every square inch counts attention is paid to the little details.

Greatly Reduced Property Taxes. Let's face it, property taxes only know one direction, and it ain't down. Municipalities are broke and they're looking to squeeze more revenue out of anywhere they can, property taxes included. In a tiny house on wheels you can ruin the tax man's day. And if that doesn't make you want to river dance nothing will!

More Financial Freedom. The average person spends a great deal of time and money paying for and maintaining their house. A tiny home owner doesn't have that burden. And that translates to much more free time and money to do the things they enjoy. In other words, freedom.

Enjoy a Clutter-Free Life. Living in a home the size of some peoples' walk-in closet is definitely not for a person who is, to put it gingerly, a "slob." (And we know who we are) And we can probably rule out the "pack rat." But hey, that's what storage buildings are for.

However, what living in a tiny house will do is teach you how to pare down your things to just what you truly need and use. And that is what it's all about. Living a simpler, more sustainable, and better quality of life that's not measured by how much "stuff" you have.

That is the essence of the Tiny House Movement. If you find the thought of this appealing and can live in a small space you may just be a "tiny houser." But don't feel bad, there are worse things to be. Like the guy who insists on writing a check in the "10 items or less" checkout lane at the Piggly Wiggly.

Want even more advantages of building a tiny house on wheels? Then scurry over to Jeff's website. But hurry, it closes in an hour. Just kidding! Find out more about tiny houses and browse over two dozen quality tiny house plans. News, videos, articles, books, guides, tiny house builders, and links to more great stuff!

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