Welcome to Tiny Homes, an idea that is more popular with minimalists than with neighborhood associations and zoning boards. We'll point out the fun parts. You'll have to check out the logistics and legalities - but this one's so tiny, maybe no one will notice.
When the square footage drops into the double digits, you know it's truly a tiny home. How about 98 square feet? If they dropped the price a few hundred dollars, then the price would only be four digits, but for now they are asking $10,500. When it gets that tiny, design makes a big difference. Instead of a loft, the bed slides out from under a raised living room. The toilet slides out from a tight closet. The shower sits in a barrel rather than a tub. Heat, as usual for the smaller tinies, comes from a marine heater because boat design has a lot in common with designing tiny houses on wheels. There's a sink and a fridge, but you may have to provide the rest. And then you can rest because there's only so much a person can do to 98 square feet. Buy a few appliances. Hook up water and power. Make sure the toilet works. And then settle in to a tiny house, possibly with a zero mortgage - as long as you can find a place to park it where the authorities don't mind.
· 98 sq ft ArlingtonTiny [THL]
· All Tiny Homes coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath