The trend toward tiny homes is becoming more popular as people look to downsize and leave less of an environmental footprint. It also gives do-it-yourselfers a chance to get their hands dirty designing and building their own home. But don’t be fooled, smaller doesn’t mean easier. There are unique issues when you limit yourself to a few hundred square feet.
The most important step is the planning. Staying organized and having a focus on what the final product should look like will help every step going forward. Leaving it to a scribble on a napkin is a recipe for disaster. Make a list of the conveniences you need to have to live comfortably. Find out the details of the materials you want to use and whether it is right for your situation. Of course, make a extensive budget so you aren’t hit with any surprises halfway through the project. The more detail you put into this stage the easier the decisions will be later on.
Make a list of what you need not what you want – space is limited remember. That isn’t to say you can’t have extras, but when you pare down the home to its bare necessities you can then find places to put those added features and if it doesn’t fit you will have a better state of mind in dropping it. It is easier to add something after the fact then it is to try and squeeze something you don’t need into a place it won’t fit.
Take advantage of the blank slate. There are many tiny home designs on the web but, really, the beauty of designing your own home is to that you can make it personalized to your needs. You are given a blank canvas and your imagination, so don’t let yourself be boxed in by what others have done before you. Make it your own.
Throughout the entire process you will have to be honest with yourself. There has to be some give and take in planning a tiny home and that means some tough decisions will have to be made. Once it comes time to build, you will have to continue with that self-awareness. Know your limitations and skills. There may come things in the construction you just aren’t qualified for, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Part of the fun of this tiny home trend is the multitude of ways a small space can be set up for living. There is nothing but your imagination stopping you from making it your dream home, no matter the size.