Happy Labor Day Weekend all,
As summer comes to an end and we celebrate all the workers’ and their contributions to their respective countries, it gives me pause to think about what that meant yesteryear and what it means today. Unfortunately, I see a lot of people trying to cram a lot of fun into a three-day weekend before they head back to 12 hour work days. In the United States, so many people are living to work, while most other countries are working to live. Do we really need to have that big house with all of those rooms? What is really important? How much space do we really need.
As a residential drafter, I have worked with companies that design new construction with track homes and larger custom homes. When I went out on my own and started The Chipman Group, I decided to focus on remodeling, renovations, and additions. Now with the tiny home movement, I feel I have found my true calling. I want to design tiny homes for people to be able to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce their debt and gain their independence so that they can learn to work to live.
There are small homes and tiny homes. Small homes are considered to be between 400 sq. ft. and 1,000 sq. ft. Tiny homes are considered to be any home under 400 sq. ft. The average home in the U.S. today is 2,687 sq. ft. People are conditioned to think they cannot possibly live in a small space. I don’t believe this is true. I think you need to evaluate what is important to you and what you really need, not want. Tiny home plans are so creative and have so many bells and whistles, you can have everything you need.
I do not believe tiny home living is a fad. It is certainly a lifestyle. There will definitely be an adjustment period. If designed right, with your needs put first, I believe it can be an easy transition. So many companies are now designing products for tiny homes and there are also RV size appliances that make for all the comforts of a larger home. With a main floor master and two lofts, you will have enough room to move about and not be on top of each other. Another concern for people is having enough storage. Again, creativity comes into play here. With storage built into the stairs, under the built-in sofa and under the floor and beds, there are many options to find places for everything you want to keep.
This leads to the question, how much “stuff” do you really need? Living tiny helps you to take stock of your life and what is important. It is very freeing to remove “stuff” from your life and have the freedom to work less and enjoy more. This also keeps you from buying more “stuff”. Tiny living is financially beneficial on many levels.
Personally, I have decided that tiny living is for me. Not only personally but professionally. My business partner and I are opening a tiny home resort in the southern part of Belize. I cannot wait to move there and start living tiny. We have planned a resort with 2 owner tiny homes and 8 tiny homes for guests. We want to offer people a place to vacation and get a feel for tiny living so that they can see if it is for them. Of course, I still want to have a home in the states for when I have things to do there. I will have a tiny home there as well. I am fully embracing the tiny home lifestyle and can’t wait to tell you more.
‘Til next time!