The Tiny House Movement is a conscious decision by millennials and other concerned occupants of planet earth to live with less, spend less, and leave a smaller footprint. The structures are living abodes that are fully functional -- and quite comfortable -- yet under 500 square feet. In fact, many tiny houses are often under 200 square feet and mobile. When you own a home so small, why not take it with you?
1. Trailer - A utility trailer makes a perfect foundation for a tiny house. At just eight feet wide, they are sized to travel on any highway behind your tow vehicle, provided they meet the height and weight restrictions of 13 feet 6 inches and 7,000 to 10,000 pounds, depending on the axle rating. Simply park it like any other RV in the evening at a campground or at the home of a like-minded friend.
2. Used Semi Truck - A used semi truck for sale can easily be converted into a tiny home on wheels. In fact, the previous driver has likely spent many a night sleeping inside it. Making a used semi truck a full-time home requires modifying the interior to suit the new owner's lifestyle and should net about 450 square feet of usable living space in the process, which is 'living large' by tiny house standards.
3. Bus - School bus conversions have been occurring since the 1960's and are only gaining steam with the rise of the Tiny House Movement. The difference is that modern bus dwellers are now creating spaces that are not only mobile, but downright luxurious. Conversions are also fairly easy once the seats are removed.
4. 5th Wheel Trailer - Using a 5th wheel system to pull a commercially-built recreational trailer is nothing new. Using it to pull a tiny home of one's own design and construction is. A 5th wheel, or gooseneck hitch, is another way to go tiny and mobile. The design of the hitch allows for a lower center of gravity, more headroom, and easier towing, which is great for those with little over-the-road experience.
5. Bicycle - For micro living that you can move with pedal power, think small -- really small. Lovers of all things small know that it is possible to build a tiny house on top of a bicycle or tricycle. While not exactly sized for a family, these micro abodes certainly cover the basic needs of the occupant (and rider). The designs can range from sleek and modern to retro gypsy wagon.
6. Set of Wheels - The easiest and simplest way to make a home mobile is to put it up on two sets of wheels, and that's exactly what one generous person recently did for a homeless grandmother. He built her a small house and simply added wheels so she could push it to another location every 48 hours per city ordinance.
7. Classic Teardrop - The current trend towards smaller, mobile homes would not have been possible without the honeymoon plans of one Louis Rogers. His original design for the teardrop trailer -- designed for his honeymoon -- was featured in a magazine in 1939. It was so popular that Americans built or bought them for over 20 years in order to take to the open road and explore the country. In fact, the classic teardrop has a cult following even to this day.
Whether you want to downsize and join the Tiny House Movement, or just prefer to appreciate it from afar, everyone agrees that the McMansion is dead and smaller footprints are here to stay. Living tiny is better for the earth and your wallet.