When you think about buying a home, you probably don’t envision a house that’s 120 square feet. In fact, the average person probably imagines a house that is many times that size. But for some, owning (and oftentimes building) a tiny home is an ideal way to live. While there’s no statistic that details how many people live in tiny homes today, it’s obvious the number (and interest) is growing, considering the uptick in home decor shows and travel programs featuring the tiny-home trend (not to mention interest in other unique homes for sale!). Here, two tiny-home dwellers share the lessons they’ve learned about living in a seriously small pad.
You can save some serious cash
For Laura LaVoie and her partner, Matt, building and living in a tiny home was more about downsizing their life and expenses than anything else. “It was all about the financial opportunities,” says LaVoie, who documents the couple’s life in a tiny home on her blog, Life in 120 Square Feet. “We had been living in a 2,700-square-foot home in Atlanta, GA, that, at the time, seemed like a great idea. We were both in our late 20s when we bought it, we had good corporate jobs, and we thought it was the next logical step. But we quickly realized that owning a large home with a mortgage made us feel trapped. With a tiny home, I could pay down my debts and have the freedom to quit my job and work for myself.”
Likewise, downsizing finances and expenses was one of the biggest reasons Jenna Spesard and her then-partner moved into a tiny home. “We had an overwhelming amount of debt, belongings, and no money to pursue our dreams,” she says. So in 2013, the couple quit their stable jobs, took a leap of faith, and built what they call their “tiny house on wheels.” Spesard blogs about her tiny home experience on Tiny House Giant Journey.
You can travel anytime and (almost) anywhere
Spesard is based in Oregon and says living in a tiny home has been a life-changing experience. It has allowed her to pursue her passion: travel. Together, she and her partner (who are no longer together) traveled more than 25,000 miles with their tiny home, and “we visited more than 30 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces with our tiny house in tow,” she says. “We even put our tiny abode on a ferry from Alaska to Washington!”