With tiny houses becoming more and more fashionable as each day goes by, you might get the idea to have your own, whether it is for traveling only, as a holiday house or even as a full-time home.
If and when the time comes, you will find that there are lots of great manufacturers that can build the tiny house of your dreams for you, one example being Eco Tiny House, but if you feel like it should be your own DIY project, you can just as easily go ahead and build it yourself.
While buying tiny homes is the easier way to go, learning how to build a tiny house may be a greater adventure. There are even some companies that can help you.
For example, Eco Tiny House builds and sells custom-made tiny houses on wheels, but you can even choose to build your own tiny with professional guidance in their workshop or you can buy a flat-pack containing everything you need to just build your own tiny house.
First things first, though, let’s see how you can plan to build your tiny house.
Don’t skip the research part
Since tiny houses are a new and exciting concept, there is plenty to learn about the process. In order to have a place that feels like home, you must be thorough with your research before starting to build. Make sure you know the local laws and regulations regarding tiny houses, as well as the laws that apply for mobile houses, depending on whether you want a permanent tiny house on a foundation or a traveling one on wheels.
With non-mobile tiny homes, you must know everything from foundation to roofing, utility grids, taxes and you need to make sure that the plans and designs comply with them.
In case you wish to have a tiny house on wheels, there are certain regulations to keep in mind, since there are weight and size rules regarding homes that are to be moved around.
Plan your tiny house according to your needs
Although a tiny house will never fit as many things as a regular home does, you should thoroughly plan every detail so that you will have a practical place where you can get everything done and you can enjoy spending time in.
Try making your house as sustainable and green as possible, including eco-friendly choices for heating, water management, insulation, cladding and décor.
Be wise when choosing building materials, and pay attention to everything that can save you money in the long run. Choosing recycled materials for cladding and sheeting may be a good idea, and good insulation will help you save on heating. When it comes to furniture and appliances, go for multi-use items, this way you can save on your utility bills and on storage area, too.
Be as creative as possible
When it comes to tiny houses, there is no one solution that fits everyone. Consider every aspect of your life in your future tiny home and design everything in a way that is most comfortable and practical for you, so you can enjoy the time spent at home or even taking your home with you while traveling. You will learn to adjust your lifestyle to your limited space as you go.
Keep in mind that planning is essential regardless of the type of home you build and make for yourself, especially with tiny houses which require a rather different mindset and lifestyle.