Tiny houses are intriguing. They can make you think and wonder if you would could live that type of lifestyle, then you wonder how is living in that house any different from others? To begin with, space is scaled down, meaning there is less room to fill with things. It brings to mind minimalism. Less room= less stuff= simpler life. In general, tiny houses use less energy, tend to be made with more earth friendly materials, require less maintenance, and have a smaller environmental footprint.
There are a variety of ways to achieve living in a tiny house in Austin, TX. The are prebuilt homes, tiny house communities, you can purchase a home and put it on purchased land, or purchase land and have a house built on it to your personal specifications. You can even buy building plans from various companies and have them build it or you can build it.
You can use a tiny home for variety of reasons. For example: A getaway home, a home in the the country, a guest home, a mother-in-law suite, nanny's quarters, home-office, workshop/studio, or even a home for your maid. You can live off grid in a tiny home and slash your utility bills. Tiny homes are benefiting from current advances in energy efficiency, insulation, and green construction methods.
Tiny houses in Austin, Texas can be built to travel like an RV, on wheels or, built without wheels. Tiny houses are conducive to simpler, almost minimalistic living. This encourages intentional living.
However, if you think you will feel crowded or if you get cabin fever easily, a standard size place might be your best option. Most people looking into buying and living in a tiny house are not young families still growing or newlyweds needing room for their future families. The people that are honestly considering this lifestyle are singles downsizing after realizing they no longer need the same space as when they were younger and still growing. I'm sure there are couples seeking the same, to downsize themselves from constant home and yard maintenance and unending mortgage payments. To live simpler lives hopefully.
I feel that the trend of tiny homes in Austin will continue for a good while. My husband bought his materials for about $6000 and built his own tiny house on a utility trailer base so it is mobile. He has lived in it for the last five years, since building it. He lives alone, next door to some of our family, and has easy access to our grandkids for the sheer enjoyment of them. He has ample rooom and he lives an uncluttered solitary life and could not be happier. He has all the mod cons and is very capable should maintenance be needed.
Tiny homes do not limit lifestyles, he's had no unexpected expenses, and it's not been a risky investment because it has become his castle. You don't face many risks if you build sustainably and efficiently including insulating properly. Finally, why would you build a real tiny house except to live in it? Worrying about resale is a bridge you have not come to yet.