The exciting prospect of being a minimalist and transforming into the green future is a dream come true for many. People looking to cut costs when it comes to house rent or increase financial freedom find themselves moving to smaller spaces. It is a worldwide movement that is growing bigger with each passing day.
However, there is the very real risk of going in blindely and messing things up.
For those looking to downsize, here are some things to know beforehand:
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Multifunctional furniture is a lifesaver
A smaller space means fewer furniture pieces by default. In tiny spaces, furniture should be custom-made to provide more than one function. We are talking of chairs that turn into beds and tables that contain storage units. Choose furniture that is easy to lift and move around. It is best to do it yourself. This gives you the flexibility and might even save you money.
A small space will force the owner to develop some organisation skills as such spaces tend to get very messy. With things littered on the floor or kept on the table or couch, there may be trouble finding space to move around. The tiny house should have enough storage units that can be locked away and hidden in plain sight.
Research on a building plan
For those planning on moving to a smaller space, it is essential to do research on how the tiny house should be built. This saves on the building material and time it takes to come up with an accommodating space. Also research on how and where to connect the house utilities such as water, sewage and power.
While moving in with someone you love may bring a spark in the relationship, it can really push your buttons. Having to share a small space with someone else means constant bumping into each other. You will have to adjust your patience and tolerance levels to accommodate theirs. People living in a tiny house may be forced to address their issues without having a place to walk away to. Communication might, after all, be the key to this kind of living.
It is important to understand the reason you want to build a tiny house. While many may think that building a tiny house is cheap, it is daunting to know that it comes with costs of its own. Most features in the tiny house are furniture that needs to be custom made to suit the house. Many states require the tiny house to be attached to the amenities provided by the city. This includes water and sewage facilities, as well as electricity. This together with the permits needed to set up the building at a certain location could cost quite a fortune. Knowing the reason behind building a tiny house could give a clear picture of how the house should look like and what it can accommodate.
Be mindful of time spent
Having a tiny house means there isn’t much to do indoors. A lot of activities done by families will be outdoors and this will always depend on the climate. Choosing a place with a good climatic condition to set up a tiny house is very important. Set up the house in a location that allows you to spend more time outside enjoying the scenery.
Always remember that not everything will go as planned. There will be a lot of challenges encountered in adapting to the tiny house lifestyle. Whether everything is worth it will be an individual dertermination.