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10 Big Questions About Tiny Houses


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What Are the Biggest Drawbacks of Living in a Tiny House?
As you can see, the kitchen space is very cramped in tiny houses. Tomas Quinones Used Under Creative Commons CC By -SA 2.0 License
As you can see, the kitchen space is very cramped in tiny houses. Tomas Quinones Used Under Creative Commons CC By -SA 2.0 License

Remember what we said about increased intimacy? That goes both ways. We all need some alone time, too. Finding it can be nearly impossible in pint-sized quarters. And if you have kids, will there be enough room for their friends to come over and play? Can you ever host sleepovers? One couple sold their tiny house, located in a rural area, because it was too isolated from the nearest town (when storage space is limited you're even more reliant on being near supplies). Plus the area lost its internet service [source: Willett].

Where to park your tiny home can be a huge hassle. Maybe the building and zoning ordinances in your favored city prohibit tiny homes. Often, municipal officials aren't even sure what the regulations are in this regard, as tiny homes are such a novel concept. There have been cases of people having to give up a tiny house as the city wouldn't allow them to keep it. Another factor is mobility. As you get older (or have a health challenge) it may be harder to climb the stairs to the loft where your bed is [source: LaVoie].

Perhaps the biggest negative to tiny-home living comes in the court of public opinion. Lots of people will think you're plain weird if you choose to live in a tiny house.


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