The tiny house shed is an alluring prospect for anyone who wants to buy a home in these financially turbulent times. That’s because sheds are generally more affordable and much easier to build than a traditional tiny house.
But they do come with a few caveats. If you’re thinking of building a tiny house shed anytime soon, consider the following pros and cons before you head to your nearest hardware store.
Pros Of Tiny House Sheds
Pro #1: Cost
If you’re looking to cut costs while transitioning to tiny house living, then prefabricated sheds are the way to go. The average tiny house shed can cost anything from $1,000 to $30,000 on average. Compared to traditional tiny houses that can cost $50,000 to $120,000, this is a steal!
Of course, the total cost depends on whether you’re buying a turnkey shed or a simple prefab shell. The size and quality of the materials you use will also contribute to the cost but it’ll still work out cheaper than any other structure that you can construct.
Keep in mind that buying a prefab tiny house shed shell can be more expensive than building your own shed from scratch. Another factor that contributes to the cost is whether you choose to hire a professional tiny house builder to help you with the more technical aspects of the installation process.
Pro #2: Financing
A lot of pre-built shell manufacturers offer some form of financing. A lot of times this comes in the form of high-interest personal loans that are easier to get for someone who’s looking for help in financing their tiny house journey.
Pro #3: Warranty
A pre-built tiny house shed usually come with a warranty to cover some of the many unseen calamities that may happen. This includes things like natural disasters, mold damage, hail damage, etc.
Home warranty companies also offer insurance for home appliances as part of more general plans of service. But as you research, it can get confusing. Home appliance insurance is also known as home appliance warranty and home repair insurance. Appliance insurance as part of your home warranty plan is basically a service contract for appliances in your home like your dishwasher, refrigerator, cooktop, oven, and clothes washer and dryer.
Pro #4: Sustainability
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and live a simpler life, then tiny house sheds can be a great way to do that. The small space forces you to downsize and live a more minimalist lifestyle. You end up consuming less energy overall, especially if you decide to go off-grid and use solar energy, composting toilets and the like.
Cons Of Tiny House Sheds
Con #1: Quality
While there are many excellent shed manufacturers who make their structures from actual wood, most of the units available aren’t built to last and will need replacing soon. This is due to planned obsolescence where the manufacturer uses cheap and shoddy materials.
As a rule, you want to stay away from materials like particleboard, chipboard, and oriented strand board (OSB). You should also avoid sheds built with exposed non-galvanized fasteners and cheap fault shingles. These don’t do well in windy weather conditions and they’ll make it nearly impossible to travel with your tiny house.
Con #2: Moisture control and ventilation
The thing about tiny house shed living is that you still need to take baths, cook, and do all the activities that generate moisture and humidity, but all in a tighter space. This increases the risk of mold and could turn your tiny home into a serious health hazard.
The best way to control moisture in a tiny house is to use tiny-house specific vents for the bathroom and vent hoods for the kitchen, as well as dehumidifiers and fans, to ensure proper ventilation throughout the house.
All these measures add to the cost of maintaining a tiny house shed and should stay top of mind as you make your decision.
Con #3: Lack of customization
Because tiny house sheds are mostly finished structures already, there’s only so much that you can do to customize them. In most cases, you’re limited even in the color and style of the shed.
Con #4: Mobility
Sheds are also not as mobile as traditional tiny houses due to the fact that you can’t tow them. Then, you have the quality issues mentioned above, which can also affect your ability to safely haul your tiny house from place to place.
Simply put, tiny house sheds are not built for travel and they don’t have the external treatments necessary to withstand the elements while traveling. It’s also worth noting that pre-built sheds often fail to meet the dimensions required from a mobile trailer.
The Verdict On Tiny House Sheds
There are many benefits to owning a tiny house shed, one of which is the privilege of having a space that you can call your own. It’s definitely better than renting or worrying about ridiculous mortgage payments.
Not only is it cheaper, but a shed gives you an opportunity to scale down and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
With that said, living in a tiny house shed also means that you must be willing to make a few sacrifices. For one thing, tiny house sheds aren’t as mobile as regular tiny houses, and they limit you to a very small scope of design options.
At the end of the day, the quality of your tiny house shed depends on the vendor that you buy it from, the materials used, and your ability to customize it. Otherwise, tiny house sheds are an excellent investment if you know where to look.
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