Anonymous: Am I the only Tiny House enthusiast put off by the ridiculously high prices and constant pimping of weekend seminars, plans, how-to's, etc.? This "community" has many greedy hands trying to make a bundle of bucks off the rest of us.
What do you think family?
While I agree with your distaste for price gouging, I am glad that the seminars, tutorials (book and DVD), and plans exist. I would feel lost if I didn’t have these to give me more information about building a tiny home.
Some prices for tiny houses are high (ahem Tumbleweed) but there some out there that are trying to make things affordable like Tennessee Tiny Homes. You have to take into account all the labor and design that go into these houses. I can vouch for that since we built our own tiny house. You are paying a premium for all the work to be done for you. And skilled labor and craftsmanship isn’t cheap. If you want cheap you will have to build it yourself.
As far as all the how to’s and guides, I think they have a right to charge for them. Again it takes a lot of time and hard work putting a guide together. Plus you are sharing information that probably came from a lot of experience and mistakes that they learned from. There are a lot of great sources out there that are free or low cost if you look for them. Don’t be afraid to ask people for advice as well.
I’ve been hesitant to get a urine separator because of the cost, but I finally broke down and ordered one. I am the one that empties the composting receptacle (bucket) into the composting pile. The worst part is the urine. The weight of the liquid makes it heavier and it smells. With two adults, it fills up quickly. We are using peat moss as our cover.
I think having the urine separator will help tremendously. It may eliminate the smell since the urine will go directly into a container that I can empty separately. And I won’t have to empty the bucket as often.
I will keep you updated on how it works out for us. I can’t wait for it to get here.
Hi all! Not much going on as far as tiny house progress. We have been trying to save money for a car so we haven’t finished the house. But hopefully it will be all done some time next year.
I am already thinking about the future. I hope that by the time I am 30 (in five years) I will own a more traditional home, but still small (around 1000 sq. ft.). The plan has always been to build the tiny house so we could save money for a down payment.
Many people have built their tiny house knowing they would live there for the rest of their life (or most of it). But everyone has their different reasons. If I knew I would be staying here all my life, I probably would have invested a lot more money into it.
The tiny life has been good to us. Since we don’t pay rent or a mortgage, we are able to work full time as wedding photographers. And as our business grows we can put back money for our new home.
I am looking forward to having different rooms we can go into. Haha!
1. Most cities are “complaint driven enforcement” meaning if your neighbors don’t say anything, they don’t
seek you out.
2. In 2012 and 2013 most cities started cutting back their code enforcement staff and they’d rather leave you alone.
3. If you maintain an address at a traditional home, its hard for them to prove you live in the tiny house.
4. They won’t say it, but they think tiny houses are awe-
some and the wave of the future.
5. Most campgrounds limit your stay to 14-21 days, but if
you have two campgrounds in town you can alternate
until one of them likes you enough to invite you to stay.
Private campgrounds are more willing to do this.