Tiny House
Photo by Hari Berzins
Weigh the positive and negative aspects of tiny house living.


It is possible to build a comfortable shelter quickly and affordably to begin living mortgage-free.

Starting with a tiny house is good building practice for larger projects.

It easy to find building materials on Craigslist since only small quantities are needed.

Because of the close quarters, we’ve learned to communicate in a way that gets to the heart of what we need.

Not needing to pay a mortgage frees up the time to do the work of homesteading.

Living tiny while slowly building a main house allows for the time to find and include salvaged materials.

The lessons learned while living tiny will inform the design and efficiency of any future builds.


No room for solitude.

Not much privacy.

Noise. You can build cabinets and get rid of stuff to make it work physically, but noise is noise, and with two young kids in 168 square feet it gets pretty noisy.

Trying to cook a big meal is tricky. We store baking pans in the oven, so when we use the oven, the baking pans have to go somewhere. Usually, they go in the shower.

Having houseguests is a difficult proposition. When someone is sleeping on the couch, I have to use the shower for my office.

This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Winter 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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