What is a tiny house? - Tiny House Blog

What is a tiny house?

tiny house on wheels

Today I wanted to answer a very common question that you will hear quite often. The question is “What is a tiny house?”

Most people define a tiny house in which you use conventional building methods to construct on the scale of an RV travel trailer. The International Residential Code defines a tiny house as a dwelling with 400 square feet or less in floor area, excluding lofts. While there isn’t a set standard, a tiny house rarely exceeds 500 square feet. Beyond that size, they’re small.

A tiny house is a small, portable dwelling with a minimalistic design.

Let’s put this in perspective, the median size of a completed single-family home was 2,261 square feet, according to 2020 U.S. Census data.

The most popular tiny house of today is built on a flatbed trailer and is called a mobile tiny house or a tiny house on wheels.

Of course, there are many other options out there.

Here are a few examples:

  • Vans
  • Yurts
  • Cabins
  • Treehouses
  • Floating homes
  • Bus conversions
  • Container homes
  • RV trailers and motorhomes, etc.

Living in a tiny house includes other benefits. It’s a way to significantly reduce your financial costs, It’s also way to enjoy the comforts of home without being rooted in one place.

A tiny house is approximately 8′ x 16′ in size. Living in a tiny house promotes simple living and can give you freedom from debt. Living in a smaller home allows you have a bigger life.

Many tiny homes are built to be off-the-grid and can be self-contained, generating their own water and electricity. While many people build their own, there are many companies that build tiny homes that you can purchase.

What is your favorite type of tiny home? Will it be mobile or stationary?

tiny houses on wheels

Mobile tiny houses and an AirStream

yurt cabin

A hard-sided Yurt Cabin

old cabins

Tiny cabins in the woods

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