Quality vs Quantity – Tiny House vs Traditional Home

Why go Tiny?

You and I are creatures of habit, are we not?

We like our certainty, to stay within our comfort zones and to live the way we’ve always known how to live.  But what if you could have more?  What if you could live better?  Would it be worth getting out of your comfort zone, changing your ways?

Don’t answer that… yet.  

Just suspend your disbelief for a moment and consider the following ideas as ideas for someone else you may know who’s open-minded, adventurous, free-spirited, not willing to settle, tired of not having all they want, or some other way of being along those lines if you’re not… yet.

Let’s first start with some facts and definitions:

  • The average American house is probably around 2300 square feet.
  • The average Tiny House is probably between 150 and 400 square feet.

Where I live (in Huntsville, AL) you can get a brand new home for as low as $55/sf on the low-end or as much as $200/sf on the higher end.  Alabama is much more inexpensive than most areas of the country, so for comparison sake, these numbers are probably even lower than most people would experience, but I want to make a fair comparison.

So, at $55/sf you’re looking at a 2300 sf home at $126,500 and at $200/sf $460,000 (though houses at that price per sf are usually much larger as well, so probably closer to $700,000 or more).

elm 18 exteriorNow compare that to a Tiny House, which overall would be much cheaper – even fully-loaded with the latest technology, most efficient appliances, windows, insulation, etc and really cool designs and one-of-a-kind features.

A prime example is a Tumbleweed Tiny House company, one of the more popular, bigger and more established Tiny House Builders/Manufacturers, who will build for you a 160sf (24-foot long) Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) from scratch, which you can get with lots of options for 70,000 to $80,000 (that size starts at $66,000).

So if you calculate the cost per square foot of a Tumbleweed Tiny Home , even just using the base model of the 24-foot THOW we discussed above, we get $412.50 per square foot (keep in mind there are many Tiny House builders and manufacturers out there, with prices for a custom-built tiny house ranging from around $30,000 to $70,000 or more, and sizes as small as you can imagine to upwards of usually 400sf, if on wheels).

Quality vs Quantity

So what you end up with is a much higher quality, more functional, custom-designed luxury home for substantially less money than even the cheapest 2300 sf traditional house.  You pay much more per square foot for a much higher quality house, making every space you’re paying for count versus spending almost twice as much for the cheapest of the cheap quality traditional homes.

So I’ll leave you with this thought:

How does it feel to be paying so much more each month in housing costs for so much less?

When it comes to square footage and heated and cooled space, more is sometimes less

What do you think?  Did I piss you off?  I bet I ruffled some feathers with this post!  Share below, I’d love to hear what you think.  I appreciate you!

– Hans Schoff

englewood co view of mts

 

(Above, my view today of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains while blogging here in Denver, CO)

PS> Have you seen our facebook page for the New American Dream Project?  We’re using Tiny Houses to help people create Freedom in their lives, in numerous ways.  Come visit our page and say hi!  And don’t forget to LIKE the page so you can stay in the loop and watch the project progress – it’s exciting!  

 

What is a Tiny House? Tiny Home Living Defined

What is a Tiny House?  

If you have yet to get caught up in the Tiny House movement and want to know what all the fuss is about, let me share with you in the following videos what exactly the Tiny House movement and Tiny Home Living is all about.

If you prefer graphics and stats, you can click here to see this cool infographic about the Tiny House movement, but first let me introduce you to what is a Tiny House and share with you a little bit about my story and why the Tiny House movement has really moved me…

Tiny Home Living Defined – What is a Tiny House?

So now that you know what is a Tiny House, let me share with you some of the many advantages of Tiny Home Living and what it can help you do away with, which can reduce your monthly costs significantly freeing up more money for other more important things…

Tiny Home Living – how the Tiny House Movement can help you cut costs & increase your disposable income

But does Tiny Home Living mean that I would have to cut back, settle and live less?

On the contrary!  The Tiny House movement is all about creating more freedom in your life, more possibilities, more opportunities, more mobility and a higher quality of life, NOT less!  Here’s what I mean…

What is a Tiny House?  Mobility, Convenience and Freedom

More on the Tiny House Movement – Is Tiny Home Living for you?

Do you think tiny home living is for you?  It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure.

So let me share with you my tiny house plan – what I’m going to do to join and become part of this exciting tiny house movement, what it means to me and the impact on my life it will have…

My Tiny House Plan for freedom and a higher quality of life

So now what do you think?

Do you GET IT?

If not, let me know in the comments down below so I can try to fill in any remaining gaps.

Maybe its for you, maybe it’s not.  Maybe its for you just not right now.  Maybe you know someone who this would be GREAT for (share this with them if you do!).

Either way, whatever way, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this cool trend (not a fad – it’s here to stay!).

I appreciate you and look forward to reading your comments down below!

– Hans Schoff

Hans mobile office

(That’s me in my mobile office, blogging while I travel across the country.  Gotta love getting paid to explore 🙂  You can too, just click here to learn more.)

Why the Tiny House Movement – Infographic Facts and Figures

Is the tiny house movement really a movement or just a fad?

I’ve been swept up in the Tiny house movement since I first REALLY looked into.

If you’re not familiar with tiny home living or the tiny house movement, or perhaps if you’ve prejudged it like I had, I encourage you to take a closer look and really try to get a feel and understanding of just what it’s really about.

(If you prefer video, check out my short 4-part video series on tiny home living I created in this blog post here: What is a Tiny House? Tiny Home Living Defined)

The Tiny House Infographic below was from 2013 (the 2015 survey is underway now!).

The bottom line is, the Tiny House movement and Tiny Home Living is a big deal.

Check out the stats, facts, figures and images below to learn more about the people who make up the Tiny Home Community (it may surprise you)…

Tiny Houses Infographic

 Did any of those Tiny Home Community facts or figures surprise or shock you?  Let me know in the comments below!

I appreciate you!

– Hans Schoff

Hans mobile office

(Blogging away while on the road – I love getting paid to share my thoughts and ideas when they come to me during my travels 🙂   How would you like to get paid when you travel?  Click here to learn how you can)

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