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.
You Can't Just Park Your House Anywhere
You cannot simply park your tiny house wherever you want. There are all kinds of rules and regulations about where you can be, how long you can be there, building parameters, and more. For example, if you want to live the camping life, you can only stay in state and national parks for two weeks, and then cannot return for 21 days. That's a lot of bouncing around.
But can't you just buy a plot of land? Yes, but you're still subject to building codes. A lot of tiny homes are too small to be considered habitable developments, and thus are frequently fined.
You Have To Haul Water
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.
The Bank Probably Won't Help You
Banks are not chomping at the bit to give out loans for tiny houses; they believe they don't have good resale value. You basically need to be able to finance your tiny house on your own, or dive into a deep pool of credit card debt. And if you're the typical tiny house buyer (i.e., a millennial), you probably already have all the debt you're willing to carry.
It Really Is Tiny
The typical tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet; on average, the livable space of a pull-behind tiny house is 120 square feet. Compare that to the size of the average American home, which measures 2,600 square feet. That's a lot of compression.