Building a Tiny House with a Tiny Carbon Footprint


Building tiny houses has been a movement in the country since 2016. But with more people looking for their permanent homes and being priced out of communities where there are decent properties, there’s more reason to not just buy what’s available and build what fits for you.

The coronavirus pandemic put into the spotlight something that most people have always felt: an apartment is a place to exist, not to live. Without space where people can walk and having to cramp everywhere, a lot of renters have certainly felt a major side effect of the lockdown. More than that, when renters were threatened with homelessness during the height of the pandemic, a lot of them would certainly not feel at home anymore in a tiny space in the city.

All this just emphasized the importance of having your own place. This lockdown, socially distant phenomenon is something we may only experience once in a lifetime, but you can’t deny that even without it, it’s a lot nicer to have a place to call your own. It’s something to consider, despite the rising median price of properties and a large group of millennials committing to rent forever.

A Tiny House That’s Built to Last

Most people perceive any small like it’s a cabin somewhere for vacation, a tree house for the kids, or a trailer converted into a home. But, in New Zealand and Australia, there are individuals, couples, and families who’ve made a life out of an actual tiny house. It has everything, a living room, kitchen, bedroom, dining room, and leftover space for entertainment. Some of these tiny houses even have yard space, to boot. These are good examples to follow, and with the abundance of land available, there’s already plenty that can get you started.

You don’t even have to think about the short-term in building a tiny house. Putting all essentials in a small space is very much possible through creative interior design. Your WiFi signal won’t ever be lacking, too, which is a tremendous positive for people who like to stay connected all the time. As for energy, hooking up a few solar panels in your tiny roof won’t be as big of an investment as those living in a house with large roof coverage. With a capable residential solar battery or two, there will be enough power to last a cold day in Salt Lake City or a warm one in Miami.

A further bonus is the smaller upkeep of a regular house. A smaller house will always be easier to maintain, something most homeowners would’ve loved when they first got their first house.

A Plan to Work on Now

Now that everyone is stuck inside trying to do work, studying, or socializing from home, it’s obvious that a lot of people have time to burn now. If your apartment is something you can’t envision staying in any longer, it’s the perfect time to come up with a plan for a tiny house. Start sourcing materials, people who can help you, and that tiny piece of land that will be your forever place.

You have to be ready to do a lot of the things yourself, as it’s a way for you to save money. There’s not a lot of builders versed in constructing tiny houses, so you can expect to pick up a few tools and building a few things yourself.

It’s never too late to dream for a tiny house, as many people actually wanting to move to a smaller space later in their lives. Mother Nature will thank you too for saving most of her space for actual living and caretaking of the land around you and not just existing and expending as much as you can.


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