It seems every time a new builder hits the tiny house scene the ceiling price of a 300 or so square foot home sky rockets. Then comes the inevitable conversation about how much a tiny house is really worth and how they are becoming too “big business” or mainstream. The truth I try to bring to the table is tiny houses are one of the few commodities that operate off of absolute value (as defined by The Labour Theory of Value).
Labor, says the Labour Theory of Value, is the basis of value. The value of a commodity is determined by the amount of socially necessary labor contained in it or by the amount of socially necessary labor-time spent in producing it from start to finish. Add to this a cost of materials (trailer foundation, framing lumber, nails, house wrap, etc) and you have the reason for increasing costs. All of this, of course, to say that a tiny house is an investment like any other. And depending on the size and style of house as well as a tool bag full of other things, it can be an expensive one. So to protect your investment and to be sure you are ready for the transition to tiny the following three exercises are ones that will help you test the tiny. Continue reading