Looking to move into a new home? Maybe you're considering jumping on the tiny house trend. They sound so appealing: you could simplify your life and really focus on the important things, like disposing of your fecal matter. You read that right. And that's just one of the reasons why tiny houses are hell. They're a lot of work, they don't come with great Internet options, and they are actually super tiny.
What's really behind this awful tiny house trend? Money, of course. Would anyone consider a tiny house if they cost as much as a traditional home? Of course not! The biggest appeal by far is the price tag. But here's the thing: they're pricier than you think. Sure, you could buy a shed from Home Depot and throw it on the back of the trailer, but that'll still cost a few grand, and you won't have a toilet.
Living in a tiny house would be the worst. From limited water to questionable security, here are all the reasons why tiny houses are terrible.
Tiny house living means exploring the wide variety of creative options for disposing of your dumps. All of them are much more hands-on than traditional plumbing, and none of them are pretty.
You could spring for a more affordable composting option, but that means you have to actively compost your own poop. You could get a low-flush toilet, which requires emptying. Or, you buy a more expensive incinerating toilet. Believe it or not, the incinerating toilet doesn't smell like chocolate chip cookies when it's roasting your turds.
Sure, you can have a shower in your tiny house, but the options are, as with everything, limited. Let's assume you have the water part taken care of, which is a big assumption because that alone is no easy task. You either have a shower too small to turn around in, or your entire bathroom is a shower, introducing a whole new slew of moisture issues.
Thinking of an outdoor shower? You'd better be comfortable with public nudity.
Tiny homes require a lot of money, and banks think they don't have much resale value. In other words, you're going to sink a huge chunk of your savings into that mobile closet. You better hope you love it.
The other issue is a more traditional sense of security. Your home is always with you no matter where you go, full of your personal belongings. It's like permanent camping, but all your stuff is there. Plus, your entire home can be stolen.
Assuming you want a mobile tiny house, you basically have two options for water. If you decide to go sans plumbing, then you'll have to haul water regularly in jugs and buckets, and store it where you need it (in the sink or shower, for instance).
You could also use a tank and pump, which would more closely simulate traditional home living. But, you still have to fill the system when it empties, so you're back to hauling water again.