Living Small: 6 Tips for Building Your Own Tiny House

The tiny
house craze is in full swing. Are you ready to downsize? Don’t miss these six
essential tips for building your own tiny house.

Did you know that stats say, 55% of tiny house owners have more
savings than the average person in the US?

Couple this with the
fact that the average age of first time home buyers is 31, and you
have yourself a pretty strong argument for building your own tiny house!

Not only will you
probably save more money than your peers, but you will also own your own home,
much sooner than might be possible if you purchased a traditional house.

If you already own a
home, going tiny has just as many perks. You can squash debt, or earn a passive
income from the rental of your house.

These advantages make building
a DIY tiny house a no-brainer for many.

But what isn’t such a
no-brainer are some of the tiny house building best practices. To avoid
building pitfalls, we have put together a list of the top 6 tiny house building
tips.

Read on to find out what
these are, and get smart about your build!

1. Think Carefully About How Many Times the Tiny House Will Move
and Where It Will Go

The first thing to work
out when you begin to design your own tiny house is how many times it will
move and where it will go to.

The climate your tiny
house will become exposed to is a big factor when determining its design. For
example, if you and your tiny will be in areas that get a lot of snowfall, you
will want to go with a pitched roof. On the other hand, if you aren’t going to
be living tiny in the snow, then you can take advantage of gently sloped roofs
that give you more interior space.

Another example of the
value of this type of planning is if you are in a high rainfall area, you might
want to work in a porch, as this can be invaluable for coming out of the
wet. One of the top issues that some people experience with tiny houses is that
because they don’t have hallways, one can easily track in mud and dirt.

If you are planning to
travel in your tiny house, then it should be built to withstand lots of time on
the road and be convenient to live in on-the-go. You may also want to consider
smaller sizes, as larger tiny houses will be more difficult to tow on the road
and will require more fuel to pull them.

2. Think Carefully About the Size and Layout You Want 

One of the most
important decisions you need to make before you build a tiny house is what size
it is going to be.

A typical size for
a tiny house is 8 by 20 feet. But you can go bigger or smaller than
this depending on your needs, how long you want to live in it, and how many
times you will move it.

For larger tiny houses
some people opt to build on gooseneck trailers, which often allows room for
bedrooms as opposed to sleeping lofts. Other people choose to go as small as
possible and build tiny houses as compact as 8 by 12 feet.

For the layout, you must
choose one which feels right for you. To test different options, you can tape
off layouts in your home and get a feel for what it would be like moving
around in them.

Once you have settled on
the right size and layout for your needs you can go ahead and buy or commission
plans.

3. Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

Once you have plans, its
time to… plan some more!

This stage is key and
will make your build a lot easier if you do it thoroughly.

Here are some of the
different things you need to plan:

  • Where to build (indoors or under a covered area is
    optimum)
  • What tools you will need
  • What materials you will need
  • What other components you will need (e.g. toilet,
    appliances, and fittings)
  • The stages of the build (in what order everything needs
    to get done)

Bonus tip: Plan to install large appliances before the walls go
up. Not all appliances will fit through tiny house doors or windows. 

4. Be Storage Smart

When planning your tiny
it is crucial to be storage smart. Once you live in it, you will be thankful
for every storage space you planned into the design.

You can incorporate
smart storage into the following areas:

  • Under settees and benches
  • Within stairs
  • Under floors
  • Over the V in the front of your trailer (with either
    inside or outside access)
  • Overhead

Overhead storage is
often the least obvious, so be sure to think vertical when it comes to planning
your layout and storage.

5. Source Your Materials, Supplies, and Components Before You
Start

The next hot tip on how
to build a tiny house is to source everything you need before you start. In a
tiny house, almost everything is built-in, so it’s important to build for and
around things rather than trying to fit stuff like appliances in later.

Also, having everything
on hand when you need it will cut down on delays in the build.

Another bonus tip for
tiny house building is to try and get the best materials where possible. If
your tiny is going on the road, even for a short stretch, it needs to be able
to stand up to travel—something that a normal house wouldn’t.

Because of this, you
would be wise to invest in quality materials, like the best screws and timber.
Also, be sure to stock up on top shelf glue for a project like this, such as
Loctite’s range of products.

You Are Now Armed with Some of the Top Tips for Building Your Own
Tiny House!

Building your own tiny
house can seem like a daunting task.

But now that you’re
armed with these top tips you are already paving the way for a successful
build.

Wanna know another way
to set yourself up for success? Keep tabs on our blog for fresh DIY related
content!

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