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.