I have a (tiny) dream

I can’t remember exactly how, but I stumbled upon the picture above recently. It’s an Escape Homes mobile home. Actually, it’s technically an RV. It’s only around 37sqm (400sqft), but has every luxury you could imagine. The basic model costs only 80K US, and can be upgraded to include things like underfloor heating, stone countertops and vaulted ceilings.

Instantly, I wanted to have one. I have become, it seems, the latest convert to the Tiny House Movement.

There are SO many benefits to living small in this way. These are the main ones for me:

1. You can be completely mobile. You can literally pick up your house and go wherever you like, so long as you like a place with plumbing and electricity. While there are tiny homers who prefer to live off-grid, that’s not the kind of lifestyle this city slicker is after.

2. You simply cannot accumulate clutter. While these homes have plenty of clever storage spaces, you’re not going to be featured on an episode of Hoarders anytime soon.

3. You can own your own home within a couple of years. Or at least, a heck of a lot quicker than you can with a traditional mortgage. Imagine all the hundreds of thousands people spend on homes. And I appreciate big, spacious homes – I do. But the idea of being completely tied to one spot for decades, and shelling out large portions of my wage for all of that time…it’s not what I want to do with my life.

http://www.escapehomes.us/#!visual-tour/cmzn

Escape Homes bathroom upgrade

As quickly as I realised this what exactly what I wanted to save towards, the problems became clear as well.

The biggest one of all is that there are so few places to actually park these things. This has been lamented in many of the blogs I’ve been reading recently. Traditional trailer parks don’t mix well with the types of people who are interested in small homes: educated, young, optimistic primary property owners. Trailer parks might be fine, but they have bad reputations.

There are one or two places opening up that are sympathetic to the cause. Spur, Texas has been declared the world’s first Tiny Home town. The Timber House Country Inn Resort in Canada is opening its doors to pre-fab home owners, tiny homers and RV home-makers. The Napoleon Complex (can we all just take a moment to appreciate how clever that name is) is planning on opening in 2015, and bills itself as “Co-housing for the Anti-Social”. And there’s a great proposal by Andy R. Thompson here, which also outlines the reasons it would a great success.

Still, places are few and far between. I don’t even know what kind of jobs there are in Spur, Texas – but it doesn’t sound like the kind of place desperate for an Internal Communications specialist. In some of the forums, I’ve heard of people finding elderly couples with large plots of land and who need some assistance with things like mowing and gardening. They park their RVs there in exchange for helping with chores. But those sorts of agreements are going to be hard to come across, and also set both parties up for co-dependency – which seems contrary to the Tiny Home Movement mindset to me. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s a nice symbiosis.

Photo Credit: Sustain MiniHome

Sustain MiniHome via Inhabitat.com

Sustain in Canada have the most amazing mobile tiny homes I have ever seen. Featuring rooftop gardens, storage space for Africa, generously-sized creative floorplans and plenty of deck and loft space, they would be an absolute dream to live in. My dream.

Once again, the problem is only where to put them.

I think the world is working on this. It has several years while I first ween myself off spending and then start pulling the money together to buy one.

Come on, developers, jump on the tiny bandwagon!

Header Image Photo Credit: thewhitestdogalive via Compfight cc

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About colonizethemoon

36 years old. Reformed smoker. Unreformed drinker. Antisocial neighbour. Sometime shower-singer. Speaker of appalling German. On a quest to become a grown up. In all the good ways and none of the bad. Originally from Sydney (via Wales, Spain, and Newcastle, NSW) now living and working in god's country - aka Munich, Germany.

Posted on July 27, 2014, in My Purse is Closed, Preparation, What's this blog about? and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. A friend of mine is renting a house on a lake. The owner wants desperately to tear it down and build a new house. He is unable to do so because he cannot get a permit to change the overall size of the house.
    I think he is rather short sighted. While the current house is not large, it has more than enough space… and the view from the back (and quite large) window is amazing. I guess, he is just thinking about the resale dollar value.
    If I could afford that view, I wouldn’t need a particularly large house.

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    • That’s exactly how I feel. There could be a lot more use made of the real estate there is if everyone wanted to live small. But I also totally understand that most people don’t. And I get why. I really hope your friend gets to keep his house.

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  2. Love your cheeky style of writing and that you are sharing the “downbudgeting” process. We have been living small (home and budget) for over 28 years now. If you need any sage advice or guidance along the way from a poor and lowly middle aged man, with a wealth of experience in not being wealthy but living rich, let me know. I am doing a post about you today on our blog – hope that’s OK! 😉 You’ll get it since you follow us ~ YAY!

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  3. I love the idea of Tiny House communities or camp-ground type lots where people can come and go as they please. There’s lots of room for community development in respect to Tiny House living. Now the world just needs to catch up!

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    • totally agree Emily! And one thing I especially like about what you said is “come and go as they please.” I had a look at a LOT of co-housing places online (none of them for tiny houses, but just to check out the general concept). Most put a huge emphasis on companionship and togetherness and making a “family”. I have no problems whatsoever watering the neighbour’s plants while they’re on holidays, but it’s a whole different plate of tamales if someone’s knocking on my door asking me to fold 100 napkins for Dorothy’s 65th, or telling me it’s my turn to cook the communal chilli. That’s why the “antisocial” part of the Napoleon Complex proposal really appeals.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Your (tiny) dream looks amazing and it’s such a great idea to have the amount of space that suits your lifestyle. There ought to be more of them.

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  5. Your tiny dream is also the tiny dream of mine and hubby (when we can retire in approx 5 yrs.) I have been slowly preparing for the day. We are lucky to be invited to plant ourselves and a lovely retreat cabin on the property my sister in law has in Montana. She also has invited my brother to bring his small style of living and join all of us. He is currently a long haul truck driver happy in a sleeper cab with his two chihuahuas but wanting a bit more space as a permanent home.

    The plan is to play, as my sister in law calls it, and grow some food, plant more trees, build some rock walls, and enjoy the splendor of nature and family. And care for one another as needed.

    Some say we can’t possibly be happy in 400 sq feet. But when we inquire about the space in their own homes where they spend the most time, it is usually in about 300 sq feet.

    I encourage you and support you in thought and mutual dream!

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    • Oh this sounds like a dream come true! I would LOVE to be living near to my sister and her husband and their baby girl. They have a huge house and an enormous block of land, so it would probably be feasible (although not sure how my BIL would feel about me camping out in the yard!), except they’re in the wrong country – and smack bang in the middle of suburbia.
      Your situation sounds absolutely ideal!! Can’t wait to read about how it all pans out 🙂 I’ll be tuned in!!
      **Just realised I can’t follow you – unless there is a blog hidden from your gravatar? But hope to chat here in the comments then, if that’s the case. And thanks for coming and reading!** 😀

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