Keen to Join the Tiny House Movement? Which Style Best Suits Your Needs

by | Aug 11, 2018 | Living Small | 2 comments

tiny house movementNothing sounds more freeing than getting rid of all the extra stuff you own to live in a tiny house in the middle of nowhere.

But really, the idea that people actually do this is absolutely breathtaking. What better way to live a life of minimalism and focus on the things that matter most?

Enter the tiny house movement.

The tiny house movement is the result of people choosing to downsize, simplify, and embrace the freedom that comes with it. Whether it’s living off grid in a tiny house in the woods or moving from place to place in a tiny home on wheels; this new way of living has captured the hearts and minds of people across the world.

Are you convinced yet?

Like people, tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes. With so many customisable styles to choose from, how do you decide which one best suits your lifestyle? Let’s take a look at some popular styles of tiny houses, as well as some of the features that make each one unique.

Tiny House on Wheels

If you have the heart of a nomad, this could be the perfect tiny house for you. Built securely on top of a trailer, this tiny home can contain all the comforts of a standard home in a tiny space. How exciting would it be to wake up in a new place each day? Just remember that you’ll need to consider local regulations when it comes to residing full-time in your tiny house on wheels.

Tiny House on Foundations

Built like a ‘typical’ home on a piece of land, these houses give you more architectural design freedom because you’re not limited to the size of a trailer. You can also practice self-sustainable activities like gardening when living in a permanent location. Keep in mind, you want to be sure that you don’t need to move your home in the future!

Let’s get more specific.

The tiny house movement is growing, changing and becoming even more innovative. Tiny homes are popping up in the form of everything from shipping containers to garden sheds. With the tiny house definition steadily broadening, it’s no wonder some people find it difficult to figure out which style is best for them.

The Tumbleweed Tiny House

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company builds customisable tiny houses kitted with everything you would need to hit the ground running. If you’re architecturally challenged, want to avoid the stress of roadworthy assurance and you’re willing to pay for a professional build (yes please), then this is the perfect choice. Spacious with built-in lofts, their tiny houses are equally suited to families with young kids and digital nomad couples looking for a work space with a view!

The Sustainable Arched Cabin

The best kind of DIY is affordable DIY. With its galvanised steel roof that extends all the way into the ground, this tiny house is designed with simplicity and sustainability in mind. Not to mention the fact that you can purchase a kit with all the pieces for between $1000 and $5000 USD; which in tiny house terms is bit of a tiny steal.

The Takeaway

Whether you’re a minimalist homeowner looking to live off-grid or a university student needing affordable living, there’s a style of tiny house out there for everyone.

A tiny house on wheels is ideal for a life of mobility, while a tiny house on a foundation would make it easier if you’re interested in living off the land (having a green thumb would help, too).

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you choose the style that works for you.

A US citizen living in South Africa, Molli is a lover of travel, surfing and tiny houses. One day she hopes to live in a tiny house—not just write about them. Read more of her missives at The Tiny House Society.

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  1. Eric

    Nice piece but only covers some of the tiny possibilities. Of course, there’s also yurts, hobbit homes, treehouses, pod homes, container homes, skoolies and converted vans that all generally fall into the category of “tiny homes” these days. The possibilities seem pretty limitless.

    • Ang

      Exactly Eric…the possibilities are indeed endless. We’d have to do a tiny living series to cover all the options! 🙂



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