Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of tiny houses and tiny homes. They make a great news story, but tiny houses are actually a great, liveable way downsize from a traditional house as well as offer a smaller green-footprint since it takes less of everything to maintain it. Not all tiny houses are created equal and that is why we are here to help you with your tiny house hunt!
What to look for in a Tiny House
When you start looking at tiny houses online, many retailers sell tiny house kits that you are going to have to put together yourself. These kits are a great idea especially if you are very handy and feel confident in building something to this magnitude. They are totally customizable and a great project to work on if you have the time and of course, the craftsman skills. But for most of us humans, purchasing a tiny house that is already built is the best option.
You want to make sure the floorplan is spacious for being smaller in square feet. The floorplan really dictates how the small amount is space is used and how functional your living is going to be. Here are some things to look for when you are looking into purchasing a tiny house.
Sturdy construction - This is crucial! A tiny home with 2x6 floor joists is ideal because this isn’t a shed turned into a house. This is the home that you live in full time so it must be sturdy.
Master craftsmanship - Check the quality of the cabinets, thickness of the walls, countertop materials. You’ll know if it feels flimsy or is poor quality.
Wider interior space - A wider tiny house allows you to fit full-sized furniture in the space comfortably without having everything on top of each other.
Functional floorplan - That leads to the next point of looking at the floorplan of the tiny house. You want to live in a space that is liveable, especially if you are downsizing from what you are currently living in. Just because you are going to be living in a smaller house, doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on your comfort level. Being able to have a king-sized bed in the bedroom and a normal-sized couch in the living room is important to a functional space.
Exterior materials - The outside is just as important as the interior. You want a long-lasting residential siding that is hail and termite resistant and a good metal or shingle roof to protect your tiny house from the elements. Smart panel siding looks beautiful and holds up great out in the elements.
Longstanding company - See how long the manufacturer has been in business. If they have only been building homes for a few years, they won’t have the experience that other reputable manufacturers will have. Just something to consider when making such a big financial decision.
One of the coolest parts of this tiny house movement is that so many tiny homes can be customized. You can build your own tiny house and customize almost everything in it! Once you pick out a floorplan that will work for your lifestyle, you can customize and upgrade almost all the features inside and outside to make your very own, unique tiny house.
Our tiny houses are built 4+ feet wider than most RV’s/campers and are designed with full-sized furniture-friendliness in mind so that you can personalize your tiny house to fit your lifestyle needs.
The biggest advice I can give about purchasing a tiny home is to make sure your purchase reflects your lifestyle. If you want a tiny house that can be physically moved when you want to move, make sure it is possible because that will affect your lifestyle. If you plan to purchase a tiny home for a family member, make sure it fits their daily and long-term living needs.
Those super small, modern tiny homes with upstairs lofts for sleeping look great and are very cool. And will stay cool for a couple of years. But then the coolness will fade and it won't be as much of a novelty anymore.
In five-plus years from now, are you really going to want to climb into bed every night? And in many of those tiny houses, you can’t even stand up on the bed which seems like that would affect your posture getting in and getting out of bed every day. I say that as I sit here crouched over my keyboard typing this blog, so I might not be the one to talk about posture but you get what I mean.
When you are ready to start living in your big Tiny House, start your search here!
We are proud to be back at the 2019 State Fair of Texas at Dallas' legendary Fair Park historic district.
Starting on Friday September 27 and lasting till October 20th, join Tiny House Direct as we feature two of our best-selling Tiny Homes on display, including our Tiny Hacienda model, winner of Season 8 on Tiny House Hunters as seen on HGTV. We will have tiny home specialists there to answer all of your questions about our tiny homes and tiny living as well as to do quotes on brand new tiny homes.
Located In front of the Children's Aquarium and across from the Butterfly Gardens on First Avenue inside the Fair Park grounds, we will have a State Fair special going on for the whole stretch of the fair.
We absolutely love the sights, the sounds, and the smells of the State Fair and hope you can join Tiny House Direct. We are also an un-approved Fletchers Corn Dog eating facility and can't get enough lemonade that is for sure.
The trend is Tiny. The time is Tiny. Tiny Houses are the next generation of affordable housing! We feel we make the most liveable Tiny House on the market that have functional floorplans suitable for 21st century living. Our Tiny homes are all under 399 square feet, and there are a couple of floorplans to choose from. The Tiny Hacienda(our best-seller!) has a liveable bedroom that can fit a king sized bed plus nightstands, a private bathroom, tons of built-in storage, a kitchen/dining space, and a living space fit for full sized furniture.
Going Tiny doesn’t mean giving up your personal space or the ability to have functional storage. There are some tiny houses on the market that are so small that the bed is above the kitchen area, and you have to climb up a ladder to get into bed every night. While those tiny Tiny houses look trendy online and have a very small eco footprint, they are not suitable for everyone! Our Tiny Houses are built 4+ feet wider than most RV’s/campers, and are designed with full-sized furniture-friendliness in mind so that you can personalize your Tiny House to fit your lifestyle needs.
Another great design feature with our Tiny Homes is the option to add on a covered porch! This allows your Tiny House to have an extended covered lounging area that not only adds square footage, but adds another living space outside your home. Plus the covered porch makes your house look like a home, and less like a fancy shed. Let’s be clear though, there’s nothing wrong with a fancy shed!
With less square footage that a site-built home, you have a less floor space and countertops to clean which is a huge draw to going Tiny. Many of our customers love having less house to clean and having less clutter in their home. Another huge draw in going Tiny is your Tiny House creates a much smaller eco footprint than a traditional site-built home. Whatever motivates you to go Tiny, we encourage you to check out our Tiny House models and start living Tiny today!