Tiny living movement has been at the frontier of off-the-grid living, exploring alternative living spaces and lifestyles. The movement has caught on in the US with more and more people deciding to downscale their living spaces and try to live a different life. Most of the tiny houses that people build or decide to buy can be sorted into two categories:
- Mobile (house-on-wheels, RV, modified campers etc.)
- Fixed (houses that have a fixed foundation, regardless of the type of materials used to construct them).
So what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each tiny house category?
When it comes to legality, tiny houses are still swimming in the rough waters, since most of the areas lack or don’t have defined regulations and zoning requirements when it comes to tiny houses. This makes living in a tiny house a challenge, since you have to be careful when planning where to locate your tiny houses for sale in florida.
When it comes to mobile tiny houses, they are in general not considered to be permanent residential building (or buildings at all), therefore not needing a permit from the authorities. The downside of them is that they are often not intended for permanent residence and can be illegal in some area, as a primary dwelling space.
Fixed tiny houses are faced with strict zoning restrictions and building codes all across the US. It is downright impossible to build such a living residence in most of the areas. Still the trend is slowly reversing as more and more areas are passing legislation making it possible to build tiny living residences.
Of course, mobile tiny houses are at an advantage here as they are intended to be moved and follow their owners wherever they go. It is very important to bear in mind that moving costs might not be cheap and often require special permits to get them on the road.
All is not lost for fixed tiny home owners. The fact that the house was planted or built on a fixed foundation is not a deal-breaker. It is possible to construct houses in such a way that they can be moved from one fixed foundation to another, making mobility possible. The cost might be a bit higher, but it is still a possibility.
Due to space restrictions, tiny homes require quite a bit of customization in order to maintain living comfort and cover all the basic needs. In this area, fixed tiny homes excel. Most of the mobile tiny homes are limited due to the floor-plan, wheelbase requirements for mobile dwellings. This makes them hard to customize.
On the other hand, fixed tiny homes can be built in a variety of shapes and different floor-plans. They can be multi storied, or they can be built using salvaged or recycled materials. Also the aesthetics of fixed tiny homes tends to be better, making them more popular among potential tiny house owners.
Both tiny home categories have their advantages but it is of key importance to know what will be the intended use of the tiny house when making that decision. Is it going to be your primary residence, a spare guest space or something to explore the US landscapes? Tiny house can fit all those roles.