Tiny house as a residence? Creative out of the box tiny house use scenarios

A lot of people are currently using tiny houses as their main residence, looking to have new experiences and a different lifestyle, downsizing their material belongings and maximizing their life experiences. However, many  of us aren’t quite there yet. Downsizing your lifestyle takes a lot of time, effort and personal commitment. We are way too used to buy and accumulate stuff, sometimes useful, most of the times not that necessary. Marketers are experts in guiding us to make buying decisions based on our emotions instead of rationality. This makes it extremely hard to fit all our belonging in a reduced space such as a tiny house. However, I believe the versatility and adaptability of tiny houses, specially tiny homes on wheels, are one of their strongest pros vs traditional buildings. In this article I want to explore how you can start your tiny house journey with some of the most interesting uses for tiny houses I have come through in the last couple of years. If you know some other interesting out of the box uses please write them down in the comment section below.

Rental/ Secondary Income

Probably one of the most interesting uses for tiny houses nowadays, using as Airbnb rental units. This is a great way to get a tiny house, either if you are planning to live in one in the future, or you just want some extra source of income, tiny houses on wheels are really popular rental units. If you have a spacious property where to park your tiny house, or you live in a popular area in you town, renting a tiny house is a great way to generate some extra income in a fast way. People are constantly searching for tiny houses to rent,  tiny house searches on Airbnb have skyrocketed increasing over 900% in a couple of years. Renting your tiny house on times when you are not using it, will ensure that you recover your tiny house investment and even start receiving positive cashflow. The great thing  about this is that you will still be able to use it on free days for any of the next following uses.

Home Office/ Studio

We all need some personal work space that motivate us to think and realize our personal projects and goals. This has come even more important during the pandemic where we might sometimes struggle to find a quiet and peaceful place around the house. In this sense, a tiny house is the perfect solution for a portable office space. You can customize it to fit your particular needs. Maybe you just need some space to concentrate on office work, maybe you need to receive potential clients in your home in a more professional way, or maybe you work in a creative field such as music or art industries. Whatever your niche is, a tiny house on wheels is perfect since it has de advantages of a home office or studio, adding the benefit that it might be moved and place in any way you prefer. Also, it has the convenience that it may be used in a secondary manner as any other of the uses we are going to mention below. Price wise, it is probably a cheaper solution than to buy to build a permanent unit with foundations, not to mention faster too. You  won’t need to handle all the construction permits implied with building a traditional office space,, saving money and time too.

Camping/ Vacation Home

Building a vacation home in a remote area is quite of a challenge. From sourcing the materials to finding the right contractors and supervising the whole building process, it adds costs and time very quickly. Either if you want a permanent vacation residence in nature, or you just camping there for a few days, a tiny house on wheels is a great choice making it a great cost effective alternative to traditional building. A tiny house on wheels can be adapted with all necessary services to be used completely off grid, making it a great option to be placed in nature whit a great view, where traditional building would be way more challenging.

Homeschooling/ Playroom

With all this covid pandemic currently going through, it might be a good idea to adapt a room specifically for children education and development. Children in particular, need to have determined spaces for studying and learning in order to promote their focus and motivation and to create positive routines. Also, instead of having children toys all around the house, everything could stay in place contributing with your peace of mind. The neat thing of using a tiny house as a classroom for children, is that it can be repurposed as any of the mentioned uses below, when it is no longer necessary.

Yoga/Gym room

Yoga Is a hot topic nowadays, tons of new evidence is found about how it contributes to keep our body and mind healthy. A room dedicated specifically to our  health and peace of mind would be a great idea. Either if you do group yoga or alone, having a separate place that allows you to place some distance between you and your everyday environment will contribute for a better overall experience. If you currently struggle with consistency in your exercise or meditation routine, having a room specifically designed for that would be really beneficial.

Guest room/ Nanny room

Probably the most common use for tiny houses out there is as a guest room. Sometimes our houses aren’t well suited to receive guests for longer periods of time, or maybe we want a little more privacy for our family. Either way, a tiny house is the perfect solution. It can be made a really comfortable place to receive guest with all the amenities they need within the unit while preserving our privacy. This is especially useful for older people that don’t want to spend on expensive day care centers. Having a place where they can be completely independent but at the same time, being close to their families is a great position to be in as an elder.

I guess the point I want to get through with this small article is that tiny houses, although great to live in, are a really flexible and interesting type of construction. Any other type of construction is as versatile, being able to be adapted or used in such many ways as a tiny house on wheels. Although the concept of tiny houses of wheels might not be a new one, recent advances on transportation and energy production techniques have allowed for completely autonomous movable living units. Nobody knows for sure how the future will look like, but my guess is that we will start to see more and more people living in tiny houses, reducing the carbon footprint as well as focusing more on communities and shared spaces that allow for more human interaction. How do you think the future of living and housing will look like? Please leave some of your ideas down below

The Ultimate Stress-Free Guide for moving into a tiny house. (Step-by-Step)

We’ve all seen some YouTube videos of people living in these gorgeous tiny homes, vans, boats or any other unthinkable place, and thought ourselves: maybe I could also live in a tiny place, maybe it would be convenient to live frugally and invest more in experiences than in material stuff. However, we finished watching the videos, maybe research a bit about tiny houses, how to build one or how much they cost, and then… continue living our regular lives.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry, we’ve all being there. After all, moving out from one home to another has never being an easy task. Even in the traditional sense, it has always being a long process involving  finding the right property in the right location for a reasonable price, negotiating with the seller, going through all financing and paperwork process, packing and moving all your belongings…etc. This is usually a really hard and tedious process so people usually tend to avoid it. Even if some people may have the financial means for moving out to a  nicer place, most of them tend to avoid it or postpone it either because it is hard or because all the emotional strings attached to a home.

What to do then?

So I guess the point I want to get across here is that you really need to have a clear vision, a clear reason on why you want to make a change in your current lifestyle. This vision, although might involve some practical reasons such as stop paying rent or mortgage, living more frugally or having the ability to take your home wherever you go, it will be way more powerful if it involves a more human approach. Thinking about it from a perspective on how you really want to live your live and in what or with whom you really want to spend your time with will give you the strength to keep moving forward towards your vision. 

The reality is that among the way, some challenges will pop, most will be mental. You might think that the hardest part is finding a property where to park your tiny home or where to buy it from, however, the number one reason stopping most people to make a change is the lack of a clear intent. When you already took a clear decision, everything else falls in order. The harsh truth is…. we always got the time and money to make the things we value the most, that give us most pleasure or that we consider important. So in this sense, the first and most important step is to have a clear vision and intent.

First Steps towards buying the tiny house you always dreamed.

The next step is a little more practical.. To make a budget. What thing should you include in this budget? My recommendation on budgets is to be really precise, writing down what, where and when and how you are planning to spend in your daily life and what are the most resources you can assign to this particular endeavor. Be really honest and try to look all your current lifestyle practices. After you get a clear idea on how much are your savings or taken a personal loan and got the money in hand to buy your tiny house, the next step is…. not to buy a tiny house.

That’s right, you first need to know where are you going to place it as this may limit the size of the tiny house you are planning to get or it may involve some other restrictions. Have a quick conversation with your city housing officials on what is allowed or not, talk to other tiny house owners in your area or make a quick research online. You may be able to rent someone a small area of their property, or you may have to look for a property farther away from the city. Maybe you may need to look for a nice RV park instead and ask if they will allow you to park your tiny house. This might seem tedious, and it probably is, but it is a really important step to follow before considering any tiny home options.

Picking your first tiny House

After you have the money to purchase your tiny house and the place to park it, then comes the fun part, to hunt down for the best tiny house according to your needs. Do you need a full kitchen with a full fridge or just a compact kitchen will suffice. Do you need regular stairs to go upstairs or a simple ladder will do? Would you prefer to have 2 lofts as an extra study or sleep space? A full interior bathroom? How much storage space will you need? New and shiny tiny home or maybe a preowned one with some minor details? All these questions and more you will need to ask yourself in order to have a clear understanding on what will be your best choice for a tiny house. Please keep in mind that unless you build it yourself or hire a contractor to do so, which will be probably a bit more expensive and take a longer period of time, the perfect house doesn’t really exist. You need to maintain a flexible mind through this process and probably wouldn’t hurt if you kept a flexible mind through your life.

Finding the best option for a house will always be a daunting process and even more if this implies downsizing your belongings and your lifestyle in general. However, I truly believe that the way most people live their life currently is not sustainable in long term for our planet. As human beings we tend to lose focus on the important things of life and compensate them with other material possessions we don’t really need, hurting ourselves and others during this process. Gradually we need to downsize our lifestyles as a society and move towards more affordable human homes which contribute to focus more on our experiences with others and our overall happiness as human beings.