When the hustle of daily life and endless expenses seem never-ending, many people dream of moving into a smaller home to have a bigger life. This is why for some, the tiny house movement has become a way of life, adjusting to a smaller space and fewer possessions, with a goal of saving money and focusing on living a more present, stress-free life.
Today we’re going to break down the nuts and bolts of tiny house living, with a man who’s stood beside countless people as they brought their small home dreams to fruition.
With nearly two decades of live television experience and 7 regional Emmy Awards to his name, John Weisbarth brings his high energy and award winning style to every project he touches. More recently, John has shown his versatility as the host of Tiny House Nation on A&E and Netflix by helping families prepare for the extreme downsizing it takes to live in less then 500 square feet.
By the end of this class you’ll have an understanding of the financial, emotional and environmental benefits of tiny home living- and insight into the construction process.
WHAT IS A TINY HOUSE?
- An efficient house. Everything you need and nothing you don’t.
- Most on the show are on trailers, so the vast majority is between 200-300 sq. ft.
WHAT’S INVOLVED TO EVOLVE TO THIS LIFESTYLE?
- It has to be practical and comfortable to work.
- It’s about an efficient house.
- The real power is in families just downsizing to a more cost effective, efficient home with less stuff.
- You can get the advantages of tiny home living in a larger home just by being more mindful.
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN BUILDING A TINY HOUSE?
- It’s built the same way as a normal house- just on a smaller scale.
- You can expect about 3-6 months for construction.
LET’S TALK ABOUT FINANCING/INVESTMENT:
- There’s nothing in the building code that defines a tiny house. Certain lenders will help with tiny homes- but it really depends on where you live.
- It’s not going to appreciate like a traditional home (John is talking a tiny home on wheels), but you’re looking at the fact that you’re living for free, with the ability to save money. It affords you the ability to do the things you love and spend time with people.
SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO TEST IF YOU’RE UP FOR THIS LIFESTYLE:
- Map the rooms you’re spending time in- and see where you’re ending up throughout the day.
- Stay at a tiny home for any length of time.
- Examine your why.
- What is living in a tiny house going to accomplish for you?
HOW ARE UTILITIES BEING HANDLED?
- A lot of people are using space in their backyard and running utilities. It’s a win, win situation for landowners and tiny house owners. This situation really supports the affordable housing crisis.
- Everybody has that “one room”, the catch all. Confront that room and get that space back! Make it efficient.
- Just go in and START! Get rid of the 20 percent of stuff you know you don’t want- and start from there!
Watch Tiny House Nation on Netflix!