CountryLiving recently featured a summary of 70 Tiny Houses That Maximize Function and Style. These are relatively affordable with most, if not all, less than $100k and some less than $40k. As has been seen before, quality does not have to be a trade-off, as these small domiciles are well-equipped and sometimes completely self-contained.
A few that sparked this author’s interest include:
- The Tiny House Village – although a vacation spot, it is not too difficult to imagine this sort of mini-town concept being brought to urban areas to create a village-like atmosphere in a traditional suburban or urban environment. In Washington DC, a group, Boneyard Studios, created a tiny home community in an alley that couldn’t otherwise be developed.
- Salvage Texas is creating a village of upcycled tiny homes. Not to far from Austin or San Antonio, this looks like a different kind of tourist destination.
- Tumbleweed Houses, the manufacturer behind the homes at the aforementioned Tiny House Village, has a page showing the financing of such homes with down payments of less than $13k and payments starting at $447. With this level of affordability, it opens up scenarios where a homeowner might lease the rental space to a tenant who actually owns the tiny home.
- This 192 square foot house on wheels even features a combination washer/dryer.
- At approximately $36,000, this self-contained (yes, solar panels, batteries and composting toilets), Nugget from Modern Tiny Living packs a lot into only 102 square feet. This unit is half the cost of what the City of San Jose’s tiny home project for housing homeless.
And another from an Austin-based company that is looking at providing low-cost (sub $10k), high-quality housing to developing countries by using 3D printing of concrete to create the shell of a home in 24 hours.