Is A Tiny House For You

Dated: 07/20/2015

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I'm a little bit obsessed with the tiny house movement. (pun acknowledged) If you haven't been exposed to this idea yet, it's basically the idea of simplifying your life and possessions and occupying a home that is only a few hundred square feet. 

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Many of these homes are built on flat-bed trailers and are sort of de factor motor homes, though many folks just set them up somewhere long term. To make the concept really work for you, you do need a place to park the thing. So either a tiny piece of land you own or lease, or I guess a Walmart parking lot until the manager comes out to tell you to move. But with access to a spot (and hopefully permission) you can live the simple life for a fraction of the cost of a traditional home. 

Not all tiny homes must be mobile or built on a moving foundation. The idea is popular in architectural circles where efficiency is the guiding value. People look for ways to make the best use of space in a variety of creative applications.This article from SLATE shows some very inventive designs, and I covet nearly all of them. 

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When I think about what it is that draws me to the tiny house, I think it's two main things. First, I love the idea of having a place for everything and everything in it's place. No room for a certain knick-knack - it's gone. Don't need it anyway. The second thing is the idea of perfect quiet. I may not have mentioned but in my vision of tiny house tranquility there are no children. No crying, no constant questions, no endless yammering. (You know what I'm talking about, Jean-Paul Sartre!)  Just pure quiet. For now, it would only work as a temporary escape, but if I could fit one on my property and go hide out there for a few hours a day, my productivity would skyrocket!

Is a tiny house for you? 

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Gavin McCaleb

Gavin has lived in Boise for over 20 years. In 2003 he got his start in real estate as an investor and since then he has personally bought and sold over 100 houses. He got licensed in 2009 and is now....

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