Episode 140

Drawbacks of Tiny House Living

We all know how much Emily loves living in a small space but are there any drawbacks to tiny house living?

In this conversation, we are exploring some of the issues Emily discovered after they made the move to their tiny home.

Just to be clear, Emily is now as much in love with her tiny home as she was in previous episodes. Maybe even more so since she is currently living in a camper. Moving back to her tiny house will feel like living in a palace.

Some of the drawbacks of tiny house living we touched on:

  • It is difficult to exercise at home – not enough space to stretch out your arms fully.
  • There is a learning curve to maneuvering in the kitchen when there is more than one person and knives involved.
  • The water tank needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If it is installed with limited access, that can be difficult.
  • A tiny house can get messy and dirty very quickly – on the bright side: pick up and clean up is fast too.
  • Parking legally is an issue in many areas.
  • Starting plants indoors is almost impossible.
  • If you have hobbies which require lots of materials, storage needs to be well thought out.
  • The number one question Emily gets: What about privacy and being intimate when you have kids…

Drawbacks of Tiny House

Emily feels that she and her husband prepared themselves quite thoroughly before making the move. But there are things she would do differently now if they were to build another house. For example, she would install gutters on her home.

They technically would make the house wider that the regulations for being on the road allow, but she doubts that it would be an issue. Alternatively, the gutters could be installed in a way that they can be removed for transport.

She highly recommends spending some time in a tiny home before making a decision to move into one. Not everyone likes to live in a small space. Also, staying in one for a bit will give some clarity about what works for a person and what does not.

Luckily, there are more and more tiny house festivals where one has a chance to look at different homes and talk to the people who live in them. And renting one for a mini vacation is also a good way to get a feel for what life would be like.

Emily feels that the most difficult part of going small is to let go of items we have an emotional attachment to.

Overall, Emily has no doubt in her mind that the benefits far outway the drawbacks of tiny house living.

 

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