Why I Wanted to Go Tiny- Common Questions Answered

A question I continue to get asked is- “Why a tiny house?”

This question is usually followed with- “Why not just get a camper?”

Which in turn is followed by this- “I mean wouldn’t it be cheaper?”

Those are great questions actually, and I enjoy being able to answer them and afterwards they understand why I wanted a tiny house. Today I’m going to break those questions down for you.

The answer to the first question is this- I wanted my own space.¬†Plain and simple. I wanted my own space for me and that’s about it actually. It was actually thanks to my Mum that I started looking into tiny houses.

You see, my Mum and Dad are the best parents ever. They understood that as I was getting older that I wanted my own space for my own things and for it to just be me. They were perfectly fine with that! However, they did not want me to rent an apartment. My parents wanted me to work towards something that would be mine, and not me giving money to someone else every single month.

This is what made the tiny house the perfect solution! The building I have is on a rent to own plan. So yes I am making monthly payments on it, but in a few years it’ll be paid off and all mine.

With a tiny home I get the space I want and it’ll eventually be completely paid for. I think that’s great and a pretty good answer to the first question.

Well not everyone thinks so. This is when I go to the ‘Plan B Answer.’

“Well I’m a tiny person so it’s not like I need a lot of space.”

This is my answer to the second question- I lived in a camper for a few months and learned a lot. The main thing I learned was that I didn’t really want to get a camper for a tiny home. Now I have nothing against campers at all, but for me and for the vision I wanted and the things I like, a camper just wouldn’t work out for me.

You can make a tiny house out of a camper, I know of a couple that does! I think it just depends on the person and what they would like.

Now we come to the third question. Wouldn’t a camper be cheaper?

Well I mean I guess it could be, but that would be if I got a camper and left it as is. Knowing me there would have been a lot of alterations I would’ve wanted done before I felt the camper would be ready. This would’ve started adding up to the price of the camper.

Both the tiny house and a camper are investments. For me I wanted more of a cottage look so the tiny house was the right fit for me. I’m still so happy with my choice too, even when I would look at showers and want to croak at some of their price tags, ha ha. Side note- I *finally* picked out my shower!

Every person who goes tiny has their own opinions and reasons why they decided to go tiny with what they chose. To me that’s what is so great about going tiny- the options are endless!

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Cottage Update- Lighting

“So what are you going to do for lighting?”

That’s a question that usually comes up when I’m describing what I plan on doing with The Cottage. When this was all just dreaming and planning I really didn’t have any idea whatsoever on the lighting I wanted. I would usually respond with an “I’m looking around still” or a “I haven’t really thought of that yet.”

Now I actually have plans for lighting and it’s all thanks to my Mum and her wonderful ideas.

My Mum was at a local resale shop and came across this flush-mount light.

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My Mum found some antique glass shades from my grandparents old house. All I need to do is purchase some bases for them!

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This is my favorite out of the three shades. I’m thinking this one might go in the kitchen near the sink.

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I think this shade would be best for the bathroom.

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This one is most likely going to go near the couch in the living room.

Now to find one or two small light fixtures and I can check lighting off the list!

Cottage Update- Insulation

I believe it is high time for a new update on the tiny house! After I finished the flooring, we moved on to the fire breaks and the insulation. When the insulation was put up it started looking more like a house, and less like a shell.

Here are some before and after photos of the progress:

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This is the wall to your left when you walk into the kitchen area of the house.

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This is the wall after the insulation was put up. As you can see there are two types of insulation, but I can assure you it all made you itch the same!

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The opposite end of the house.

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This is part of the bathroom area.

Not only is all the insulation put up in the downstairs part, but there is also a bit of paneling put up as well!

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Everything is slowly, but surely coming together! I promise I shall get a lot better at updating you all!