Can Families Live in Tiny Homes – a Growing Movement in Minimalist Living

Tiny homes are a preferred choice in homeownership among single Canadians and couples seeking to rid themselves of their mortgage in favour of minimalist living. That said, where do families fit in – well, the answer’s rather interesting.

Tiny homes have not traditionally been marketed to families predominantly because of the size. It was assumed there was never a lot of interest expressed on behalf of families to make the switch to a tiny home. Admittedly, the lack of space and perceived lack of privacy are common barriers that will prevent some parents from even considering the possibility.

In the last few years however, we’ve seen things begin to change. Instead of seeking big homes to raise kids in, some parents are in fact choosing to go the tiny home route. Many see minimalist living as a way to save money, to minimize their environmental footprint, and to have a safe place to live temporarily while saving up enough to upgrade into something larger.

Defined as a living space measuring less than 400 square feet, there are families today with two or three children living in tiny homes this size. For these parents, the advantages are well understood – more money in their pocket and more time spent together as a family. For other parents, it’s also been a great way to lead simpler lives while going debt-free.

A tiny home doesn’t require the same utilities nor does it come with a mortgage however we won’t lie – there are some challenges. There is diminished privacy, making it difficult for some members of the family who like to be isolated from others. There’s the initial upfront costs, of course. There’s also a need to have land or to have a place to install one’s tiny home.

The tiny home movement is growing. As tiny houses become increasingly normal for full-sized families to use, life in less than 400 square feet has never been more possible. Imagine a tiny home in a creative design where every inch of space is maximized. For families already living in tiny homes, the benefits more than outweigh any perceived difficulties.

Steps to owning your own family tiny home

  • Step 1 – Inquire about any local regulations and bylaws which apply to temporary homes. Every municipality comes with its own rules that need to be followed. At this stage, you’ll also want to research where you hope to install your tiny home.
  • Step 2 – Connect with a tiny home builder to help decide on things like the budget you’re working with, the features you want included in your tiny home, and size. They may also be able to help in finding a location to set up your tiny home.
  • Step 3 – While you’re getting your tiny home built, there are a lot of decisions for a family to make before moving in. You’ll have to decide what belongings you hope to sell or store, contact your utilities companies once you have a definite move-in date, and ensure you’ve budgeted appropriately for the initial move-in and setup.

Contact Freestyle Spaces today to connect with a tiny home builder who can help in building the perfect living space for you and your family. For families who want more time together, tiny living is a great option and the cost savings are sizeable! Please feel encouraged to reach out today and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Trends in Tiny Home Design

As a tiny home builder, we sometimes see customers struggling to decide what elements they want where and what to incorporate into their personalized small, minimalist space.

Though the advantages of living in a tiny home are well understood, after you decide you want a tiny home, a homeowner needs to decide what residential home elements they want included. If you’re at a loss for what you want to ask for, here are the top 5 trends in tiny home building. Each of these make clever use of available space and are customized to preference.

High-tech elevator bed

A loft bedroom is a huge component to almost every tiny home. In the last couple years, the ‘elevator bed’ has grown in popularity. Imagine a lift system to bring your bed down to the ground for sleep and then, to elevate it to the ceiling when you’re done. At the push of a button, this might be a great space-saving solution removing the need for ladders or stairs.

Rooftop deck

A great way to make your tiny home standout is to add a rooftop deck. These spaces can be used for entertaining friends and family, to give yourself space to have a small garden, or for stargazing. In terms of resale value, this can also add more value compared to the average tiny home – something worth considering if you’re planning to upgrade down the road.

Sliding barn door

A sliding barn door is handy, takes up little space, and adds privacy to a space that is not always so. If you’re living with another person, a sliding barn door is a key design element that can be used to create some separation. If the rustic, vintage look of a barn door doesn’t grab you, there are other minimalist door materials to consider in this role.

Floor-to-ceiling windows

Floor-to-ceiling windows we associate a lot with offices and condo developments – not tiny homes. That said, floor-to-ceiling windows allow for a great deal of sunlight and helps to really open up a space. For homeowners that want to have a dedicated area of their tiny home to read, work, or relax during daytime hours, an abundance of natural light is never a bad thing.

Secret storage options

Secret storage is some of the most creative components of tiny home spaces and it’s all to maximize the available space. Hidden storage spots can exist almost anywhere – staircases, underneath seats, in the walls, or underneath the floor. Creating a tiny home design, it’s important to evaluate the nooks and crannies of a to-be tiny home, identifying where secret storage can exist.

Live simply and inexpensive with a tiny home. You may choose to incorporate some of these trends into your tiny home design or may go without any and walk your own path. The great thing about tiny homes is that no two are completely the same. Each one comes with its own mix of clever functionality, thoughtful features, and customized aesthetics. Choose your must-have features today and use Freestyle Spaces to build your tiny home to the highest quality in craftsmanship.