“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” - Socrates
Minimalism revolves around the idea of living with less. For many minimalists, this philosophy sparks them to get rid of excess belongings and living life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions. This lifestyle allows you to live connected to nature while keeping your environmental footprint at a minimum without becoming overburdened by debt.
So, how do you simplify? The Tiny House movement.
Occupants of tiny homes have the means to escape from consumer-driven mindsets. Many agree that the affordability of constantly striving to acquire more things has simply disappeared.
Achieving this lifestyle is simple:
- Build a 400 SF home,
- Use the highest quality materials,
- Make the order-to-occupancy process as efficient as possible.
The concept is not only simple but also expandable, therefore making it customizable. The main module is expandable via stacking or placing an adjacent unit for a connecting hallway or breezeway. Whether you are a young professional or a retiree looking for a passive way to earn money by renting your tiny home on Airbnb, there are a variety of options based on your particular living circumstance, access to wealth and relative stage of your life. Your tiny home instantly functions as a vacation rental and revenue generator. Airbnb profiles can be created, organized, and managed for you while supplying you with monthly revenue potential. Renting out your tiny home is an effective way to make an alternative income.
Trends Found in Young Professionals (18-38 Years)
Many young professionals are consistently looking for a way to better integrate nature into their lifestyles. The ever-increasing condo market feels claustrophobic and drastically overpriced. Lacking in overall perceived value and quality, it’s important to note that the developers are not necessarily the bad guys. Property is expensive and it’s not inexpensive to develop on the mountainous terrain, rivers, and other such obstacles nature seems to throw our way. The average condo price is continuing to fall from its 2018 high of over $700,000 but with average salaries not keeping pace, many are turning towards the downsized simplicity offered by minimalism without compromise. Tiny Homes offers their owners minimalistic living without compromise. With an average budget price of $160k, you can stay ahead of the equity curve, especially with a prime location.
Many young investors have decided to use their tiny homes as vacation rental homes, especially if they travel frequently for work or leisure. Be sure that the company that sells you the tiny home is invested in keeping up the long term maintenance and management of the unit if needed. These companies allow for the proceeds from AirBnB listings to go directly back to the owners.
With a tiny home that’s move-in ready in as little as eight weeks of production, anyone interested should plan to submit deposits in early and engage with inhouse designers to have the tiny home of your dreams delivered to a property that’s uniquely yours.
Location, Location, Location- Benefits of Living on the Land
As an example, think of a couple that live in their 3,000 square foot home year-round with their children and grandchildren visiting often. Both are semi-retired and moderately busy. Expenses, like taxes, always seem to go up and they’ve been thinking about building and increasing the value of their property for quite some time. Hiring a local contractor and developing the property is always an option but the cost and time involvement is something to consider. As parents, they understand that conventional ownership is challenging for the upcoming generation but by simply adding a module or two to their existing property the grandparents, children and grandchildren can spend more time together. Beyond that, there is no need for these units to sit empty when guests are elsewhere. Renting the unit gives the couple an alternative income and a routine that makes sense for their lifestyle.
Expandable, Outdoor Living
When it comes to tiny homes, developments come in all shapes and sizes due to their mobility and quick production time. Consider the following double stacked unit: each suite is self contained with separate entrances and personal facilities. Alternatively, a heated stair module can expand the base unit giving one family or small group of occupants a space that’s closer to 1,000 square feet. Conceptually living environments exist as more than just space. The lifestyle that comes with it is more connected with nature and defined by how we interact with our surroundings.
Possibilities for Recreational Development
When considering the possibilities for recreational development, these units can be barged into location from a shoreline making the placement possibilities in remote locations nearly endless. Professional recreational development requires a certain degree of planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation properties. Considerations for staff, volunteers or visitors must function within a well run structure of administration. The alternative isn’t the collapse of the economy or the end of the world but simplicity is often complicated. Developing with the mindset of minimalism is always a good place to start.
Functioning for the Community
Tiny homes are built strong enough for commercial, civic, and institutional application. Quality is immediately apparent with these structures, and could be used for a variety of industries. Public land trusts are mandated to protect lands for people, ensuring healthy livable communities for generations to come. These structures are built to sustain!
Urban parks were once considered both the pride and responsibility of taxpayers. Once a park is in the public domain, it’s weight is to be carried on the shoulders of that city’s government. It’s important to ensure that the life cycle of a building doesn’t stop at the next election cycle. The wastefulness of disposable buildings using poor materials and charging horrendous prices for something of mediocre quality is a failure of our resources. We can always do better.
A Vacation Home On Property
One of the original intentions for creating tiny homes was for them to function as vacation properties due to the innovative materials used to build them. Many tiny homes feature forward-facing glass facades that function as curtain walls, which are an architect’s favorite way to maximize glass versus non transparent surfaces. Paired with a beautiful location, perhaps next to a body of water, this integrated chassis and a company that supports your purchase with on demand transportation and placement services is the best way to create the perfect vacation home. The experience of purchasing and locating your new home can be completely handled by an inhouse design team. By balancing rural properties and destination properties with the possibilities for coach houses and metro solutions for affordable housing, they produce a consistency that gives consumers confidence in their homes.
Staircases featuring frameless railings are typically reserved for luxury housing. Quality materials such as thicker glass that acts as a guard in lieu of a conventional framed railing allows for less obstructed views. If you have the ideal location, an integrated deck and frameless upgrade is a must-have for your home. Beyond that, entrances of some homes seamlessly blend the placement of copper panels into a copper clad door.
The focus on raw materials gives the units a refreshing level of simplicity that is hard to resist. The quality and structural integrity of these tiny homes is unmatched by anything else on the market.
You may consider exterior stairs to access an additional floor or rental unit, or heated interior stair well to expand a single family dwelling. It can be easy to imagine a retreat with twelve of these double stacked units facing each other, offering visitors a genuine integrated experience and exodus from the chaos that contaminates much of our day-to-day. Sounds incredible? Many are realizing that the tiny home dream is a dream worth living.
Other Upgrades: Roof, Deck and a Dual Heating System
Tiny homes offer plenty of opportunities for various upgrades. Corner to corner, post to post, these tiny structures have an extremely high retained value. If you own a car, you know that it’s resale value is but it depreciates rapidly. Houses have more equity and are based on the differential between the depreciation of the building and the increasing property value. These homes are designed for long-term quality and give their owners substantial relocatable equity on the property of their choosing as a result. When you’re looking to finalize your order for your dream home, certain considerations must be discussed and agreed upon.
In terms of roofing, these homes come with a back-up redundancy detection system. If the roof’s moisture protection is compromised, the occupant will be alerted. As many of us know, early detection is the best prevention and this upgrade is ideal if you are in a remote location without access to trusted local contractors.
In terms of the deck, or decks if you own multiple units, quality should be your top priority. Having a deck that, from a construction and quality standpoint, features materials and engineering that are approved by the CSA, leads to a home being registered (and inspected) by a third party entity. Regulating quality and ensuring top standards is a byproduct of excellent, professional engineers and regulating authorities that function for your peace of mind. The attachment methodology is seamless and the decks are always upgradeable after purchasing. These options give buyers flexibility for upgrades, repairs, and expansions when their budget and access to capital changes.
Heating and cooling are the next big obstacles to consider. Do you want to opt for geothermal or baseboard heating? Electric baseboard heating is less expensive but isn’t necessarily the most efficient option. Sensible budgeting is only a partial strategy, sitting down with your designer and discussing air flow, quality and access to power are all important conversations to have when making an educated decision.
Historically, fuel type and energy source and the prevailing determinants for heating a space. In most parts of the country, natural gas is the most popular space-heating fuel but electrical sources are also worth considering. Efficiency, overall cost, and consideration of systems involving geothermal technology are also available. Geothermal technology allows for inexpensive heating costs in the long-run and allows consumers to live with the smallest carbon footprint currently available.
Floating Foundations for High Risk Areas or Underutilized Real Estate.
The Arctic Upgrade package is a specifically designed upgrade for cold climates. Featuring triple-glazed windows and increased insulation, this package allows for your tiny home to stand up to any challenging environment.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hofmann