Downsizing can help make you healthier, happier, and wealthier. Downsizing means less financial responsibility and fewer belongings. This allows you to focus on things that really matter. Sometimes downsizing also means more traveling and experiences.
In today’s society, that seems to constantly demand we consume more, scaling down can reduce both the physical and mental clutter in your life, which can improve your mental health.
One of the best ways to downsize is to ditch your traditional home in favor of a “tiny house.” Tiny house living offers cost savings, freedom, and simplicity. And you can build one yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the top tiny house kits of 2022.
Generally speaking, a tiny house is a dwelling between 100-400 square feet. The “larger” homes might top out around 500 square feet. If it is larger than that, it is not considered a “tiny home.”
Tiny homes can come from old school buses, shipping containers, small barns, and even old boats. New homes can be built from recycled materials or kits with brand new materials. A tiny home can be mobile or built on a slab as a permanent dwelling, and often features eco-friendly options.
Living in a tiny home can be incredibly beneficial for your finances.
The upfront cost savings of a tiny home versus a traditional home is substantial. The average cost of a tiny home is around $23,000 (though some can be built yourself for as little as $8,000). Compare that to the average cost of a traditional home at $275,000, and it’s easy to see why living tiny can save you money in a big way.
There are other, less obvious, ways that a tiny home can save you money as well.
Utilities are simply going to be less in such a small space. It takes much less gas and electricity to heat 400 square feet than it does 1400 square feet. The cost savings per month for small houses really add up in the long run. A lot of tiny homeowners will negotiate land space to put their home on without buying it. This works especially well for the mobile type of homes.
Taxes and insurance are much lower for tiny homes as compared to traditional homes as well, saving the tiny homeowner money.
Finally, just the lifestyle of the tiny home can help you save money. With limited space, tiny homeowners become very aware of what possessions they have, and will often buy less.
Aside from cost savings, there are some other very important advantages of tiny home living to consider. For tiny homes that are mobile, there is a lot of extra freedom with the home. It can literally move with you as your life changes.
Tiny homes also have a smaller carbon footprint. Their small size means fewer utilities and energy use. Some are equipped for living off the grid entirely, with features like solar panels, wood stoves, and composting toilets.
One of the biggest draws of the tiny house for many is the idea of simple living. With such limited space, tiny homeowners pare down their possessions to only the essentials and most beloved. And the additional cash saved from the home is then spent on experiences, rather than things.
The modern small house is also an eco-friendly choice. Because they require less energy, they save resources. Also, many companies work to provide kits that are either made with renewable and low-carbon parts or use recycled components. The small carbon footprint is attractive to many tiny homeowners.
Mini house owners often report feeling like they have better control over their life in general, as compared to traditional homeowners and renters.
The cheapest tiny home kits are, by nature, often the smallest of the lot. These are kits that build homes that may be as small as 100 square feet. Their price tag is small too, with many coming in under $10,000. While these kits are perfectly suited for extreme tiny home living, they are also a great option for someone looking for a camping cabin, hunting cottage, or even a “she shed”.
The Arched Cabin company offers one of the very cheapest tiny home kits, starting at $1000 for the most basic model. For a little more money ($3,600), you can upgrade to a 12 × 20′ cabin, and $4,000 will get you the 14 × 20′ model. The model is fairly basic, but has plenty of opportunities for upgrading. For example, after the home is built from the kit, you can consider a tiny-home-specific appliance upgrade.
From heat pumps and fireplaces to kitchen appliances, we have all you need to create a cozy mini home.
Another tiny but super affordable option is this one for just a little over $7,000. This 10x16 bunkhouse covers all the basics needed in a tiny home. The company does offer upgrades that can increase the price.
For a little more money, you can get yourself a kit for a charming cottage. The Smithhaven tiny house kit is priced at just under $10,000. it features insulated double-pane windows and thick insulation in the floor and walls, making this a perfect option for a colder climate.
The cottage can be equipped with a composting toilet, wood stove, and solar package for off-grid living. Or made cozy with modern electrical, plumbing, and heating options. The quaint cottage-style layout can be customized to your personal preferences (for a higher price tag).
If your budget allows and you to spend a little extra, you can buy a tiny home kit that provides a little more space and more features.
The truly unique Moon House offers 650 square feet of living space and a truly memorable design, with its dome shape. The frame is designed for two levels of living space, and plenty of windows for a great view. The price for this kit is around $11,000. Larger options are available for a higher price tag.
For around $15,000, you can get the stylish Writer’s Cabin, which offers translucent roofing and an abundance of windows, with loads of natural lighting. It also comes complete with a little day bed and a built-in desk.
If you dream of owning a tiny log cabin, this 12x20 log cabin packs plenty of rustic charm into a small space. This makes a perfect back-woods getaway.
The smaller option starts at around $25,000, with larger options going up in price. All sizes of the cabin are customizable if you want to pay for extra features.
For those looking for all the comforts and amenities of luxury living, there are a lot of tiny home options that prove that big-time features can be packed into really small spaces.
The Avalon is a generously-sized bungalow with a generous 540 square feet on the ground level and an additional 218 square feet of loft space. Both the interior and exterior are made of slow-grown Nordic Spruce.
The built-in covered patio adds outdoor living space as well. All of this space comes at a price of just under $40,000. The kit boasts easy-to-follow instructions for even the novice home builder.
The Karen is a 672-square-foot 1-bedroom, 1-bath ranch-style kit home. It offers a rustic cabin-like feel and features a corner deck.
This kit costs just a little over $62,000. It includes everything needed to build the home, except for windows and doors. For those looking for a sleek and modern design, high-end finishes, and customization, the kitHUAS is a good choice.
This tiny home boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors. The materials include highly insulated SIPS (structural insulated panels) from kitHAUS’ Southern California factory.
The extended version includes a kitchen and clocks in at $93,000.
No matter the reason for considering a tiny home, there are definitely some big advantages to living in a smaller space. And there are plenty of options for tiny house kits to fit any budget.
If you don’t want to build your own home from a kit, be sure to check out our featured builders, that can create a custom home for you. Working with an expert can take all of the guesswork out of the process.
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