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 ADUs have gone from quirky to common.
The tiny house on wheels movement continues, especially as cities are relaxing their attitudes to accommodate higher densities and move people (and their RVs) off the streets. If you want to live small but don't want to compromise, don't be surprised at the price of this THOW, $80,000. Compared to a house or most apartments, the 195 square feet can seem small; but there are tiny house residents living in 96 square feet. Enjoy the extra luxury. The price has less to do with the square footage and more to do with the build quality and features. Cabinets are maple. Counters are concrete. The main appeal may be that all of the normal appliances are available, although in tiny proportions: range, fridge, washer/dryer, heaters. The main concessions are a composting toilet instead of a regular flush unit, and a shower without a bath. The shower floor may be the best representation of the skill involved because it is inlaid wood, not just another plastic shell. You'll still have to climb a ladder to get to the loft that holds the queen bed. Duck, because there is only four foot of headroom in the bedroom. Finding a place to park it and plug it in - well, that's another issue.
· Olympia Tiny House on Wheels [THL]
· All Tiny Homes coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath