• Tiny Homes: 3 in 1

  • Beginner’s Guide + Effective Tips and Techniques + Simple and Effective Concepts of Building Beautiful Tiny Homes
  • By: Andrew Berger
  • Narrated by: William Bahl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Tiny houses are homes that range between 100 and 400 sq. ft. Since the 2008 economic recession, these structures have continued to become popular due to the benefits they offer, including living a debt-free life and environmental protection by living a simple yet satisfying life. Besides owning the home, you can also invest in building and selling these units and renting out the homes for various purposes, including vacation rentals and storage space. Governments and other regulatory bodies have been hampering this industry's growth but have now started relaxing the building and zoning codes, so now these houses are becoming more accepted across the world. 

This book will teach you everything you need to know about them. We'll go over not only the pros and cons of owning one but also how to design and build one. Every detail you need to consider has been written in this book. 

None of this is simple, but with the aid of the information in this book, by the end of it, you'll be ready to build your own tiny home! 

Do you want to live in a house of your own making? 

Do you want to help save the environment? 

Do you want to personalize your home? 

Do you want to become more independent? 

Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world right in your own home? 

Do you think paying bills and rent is a chore? 

If you fall into any of these categories, then the world of tiny homes will welcome you with open arms. This book is a comprehensive guide. We'll go over topics ranging from designing your own tiny home all the way to which materials are best selected for which parts of your home.  

Take a second to imagine how you'll feel once you understand what tiny houses are about and draw the perfect blueprint for your own tiny home, and how your family and friends will react when they see your dream tiny house project in motion. 

Even if you're confused about tiny houses and what it takes to build and live in them, you can find the answers you seek with tiny houses. Click the "Buy Now" button to get started today!

©2020 Andrew Berger (P)2020 Andrew Berger

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A Tiny House Treasure

If you've never owned a tiny home before, you'll need to lease or purchase land where you'll build or park your house. You can hugely reduce the amount of money; you'll need for this expense by renting the land from a family member or a friend. When scouting for land for your new home, ensure the specific location has no zoning restrictions for such units. Gather relevant information about land use and the types of properties that can be erected there before purchasing or leasing the land. If the land you've located is suitable for tiny homes and you require financing to purchase it, you must have at least 20% down payment for a 20-year land mortgage. Land prices vary depending on the acreage, location and water rights, and utility hookups. In most cities, the zooming regulations don't allow individuals to build tiny houses on the land. In such cases, the ideal option is to lease the land. If you're in America, you can visit the American Tiny House Association website to find valuable information on local regulations that apply to these houses.

Once you've landed a suit vale lot for your tiny home, you're now ready to build or purchase the home. If your tiny home sits on a trailer, most local laws allow the parking of such units on one's property. You may also lease land from another homeowner and park your tiny home in their compound and pay them an agreed amount each month. Ensure that you're familiar with your local law regarding tiny houses. For instance, some municipalities don't allow mobile homes parked on once residence to be their main residence. If your life revolves around traveling most of the time, living in a tiny home could be a practical way of life. In this case, you're able to park your mobile home at different campsites provided you don't stay in one spot for more than the stipulated time. Alternatively, you can choose to be staying in a trailer park or a portable home park. If so, get enough information about these parks, including the rates and size restrictions. If you already own land in an area that legally allows setting up of tiny houses, you'll find tiny living to be easier; the costs are also lower since you won't be paying any parking fees.

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Big resource for tiny house living.

In the modern-day, people turn to tiny homes for different reasons other than survival as it was in the past. For example, the hectic demands of present-day life have led some people to look for ways of escaping to finding solace in a different way of life. Simply put, in times of financial and social hardships, most individuals will channel their energies to what matters most and overcome the pressure that comes with mortgages and rent. To others, life is not just about what you own but appreciating who you are. Tiny living encompasses living life to the fullest and finding it easy to live happily in a space that's 400 square feet or less. This is the main drive behind the tiny home movement. Today, tiny homes are not a trend that has been made popular by television shows, blogs, and opinion editorials that will fade in a few coming years. It's a movement that has come about due to an ever growing need for individuals to downsize and simplify how they live but, at the same time, maintain optimal style and function. Actually, a tiny home offers the owner a chance to live big through considerable cost savings and mobility. That's why these homes are cropping up in various parts of the United States and other parts of the globe. The media and government, non-governmental agencies, are trying hard to scrutinize the main idea that is making such homes a darling to many people.

The rising popularity of tiny homes has motivated the debate on the advantages of downsizing and living on a smaller footprint. What started as an ' undercover' DIY movement has become a full-scale trend, stuffed with dedicated websites, professional builders, architects, television shows, municipalities, print publications, and learning institutions committed to advancing the surging interest in living a mortgage-free lifestyle.

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Tiny House thoughts dancing in your head perhaps?

When you decide to move into a tiny home, you have no option but to downsize. The limited space in the structure prompts you to simplify your life. You can't move to this tiny unit with everything you had in your previous house. For example, if you had full set furniture, you can choose to move in with only one couch. You'll also need to give out or resell most of your possessions. For instance, you may have given out or donate some of your belongings to the needy or relatives. Moving into a tiny home gives you the freedom to do away with clutter. In this case, you'll only remain with items that are of immense value and significance. Although most individuals moving into tiny homes find a challenge in choosing what to let go, they testify a sense of gratifying freedom after getting rid of items they can do without. When you choose to adopt a simplistic life, you'll be amazed by the number of items in your current home that qualify as clutter.

Joining the tiny homes movement helps you to learn how to live with less yet enjoy life. For example, you can't stock ten different kitchen appliances that serve the same purpose in your tiny home since you won't have the space to store them. Instead, you'll discover how to use a single appliance for ten different purposes and maximize the limited space.

Tiny home living offers lessons on simplifying your life and using everything at your disposal efficiently. You'll discover how to organize your home and the specific purpose of each item in your space. The tiny home design also helps you to adopt the multiple-use approach for a single space.

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The Tiny House Phenomena

Although the tiny homes movement has been in existence for decades, there's still a lot to learn about this concept. Many questions remain unanswered. It's impossible to get exact figures for the number of tiny homes in the US. The reason has been; living in a tiny home is a distinctive way of life that comes with lots of mysteries. All in all, the information that's available to the public is encouraging to those in the movements as well as those aspiring to join. For instance, over 10,000 tiny homes are traded yearly in Northern America. At the same time, certified contractors build over 700 new tiny houses each year. Based on these figures, we can guess many more tiny homes are built privately. Buying a tiny home is an impressive financial decision. If you own such a home, you're more at peace with your finances. It's because you're more likely to make huge savings in rent and mortgage repayment fees. Again, you don't require many belongings if you live in a tiny house. According to studies on tiny homes, about half of individuals living in these houses have more savings compared to those living in ordinary homes. To build an average traditional home, you'll need more than $250,000. On the contrary, building a tiny house will cost far much lower. On average, you'll need about $75,000 for such a home. This is to say, if you go for a tiny home, you'll have more money in your pocket and a small amount to repay your lenders. If you secure a mortgage for a wheeled tiny home, on average, you will pay about $150 per month. Considering you'll need a down payment of about $7,500, it's possible to save money for a tiny house without much hassle.

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More than just housing

The options available for investing in tiny homes are unlimited. For example, you can consider starting a business of building or renovating tiny homes and selling. This type of business is similar to how flipping business in real estate. You can implement the same strategy and become a tiny home flipper. This can be via two main approaches; in the first case, you'll be buying tiny homes and renovating them before reselling. In this case, you'll incur lower costs, and the risks are also less. The best part of this business is that you'll have an easy time finding customers for your products due to the increasing demand for tiny homes all over the globe. Actually, you may find that it's potential homeowners who'll be searching for your products instead of you reaching out to them. In the second instance, you can decide to buy a mobile home park and convert it into a tiny house community. Your work will be to renovate the place and add a few amenities that will make the area more appealing to prospects. With the new look and upgraded amenities, you can sell the area and earn a great profit margin.

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All modern & contemporary architecture

The real estate industry is experiencing many challenges presently. For example, owning land in the US is as expensive as building a home. In a bid to cut costs, the tiny home movement is gaining popularity as an affordable way to own a home. It's an environmentally friendly option to middle-class homebuyers aiming to own a home. It's both a social and architectural movement that encompasses the minimalist idea—living simpler in a smaller space. This movement is stirred by individuals with a determination to reduce their living expenses by living in tiny homes with less stuff. They also aim to enhance their happiness and free up their time via this lifestyle.

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Interesting Home Layouts...

Tiny and small houses are not a new development in America. Even before the coming of European settlers, the Native Americans across the continent were already building portable mini-houses. In 500 BC, Native Americans used to construct small houses they called "tipis." These structures were extremely heat resistant and waterproof, but they were not mobile. These communities also lived in simple structures like the waddle, wigwams, daub, grass houses, longhouses, etc. The initial European settlers tried to make log homes with chinking. The industrial revolution saw the springing up of apartments in the cities. In the olden days, tiny houses were driven by necessity and not a matter of choice. In modern-day, the tiny housing movement is growing stronger as more people seek the freedom to travel and explore the world more cost-effectively. The current state of tiny homes predicts a bright future for this market. Living in tiny homes isn't a new idea; it's only that these units became more popular over a decade ago. Since 2008, the tiny living concept has been on an upward trend. For example, Jay Shafer designed a tiny home on wheels in 2012 that he marketed widely. The tiny house movement is a comeback of homes less than 1,000 square feet. Some of the notable pioneers of this latest wave include Henry David Thoreau and his book "Walden" in 1854; this book highlighted how to live simply in nature. It was a wakeup call to those aiming for simple living. Other pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, who published a book named "Shelter" in 1973; Allan Wexler implemented the concept of living in a compact space, which considerably promoted his artwork in the 1970s. Some books related to tiny living were published in the '70s and '80s, but unfortunately, those books covered small structures across the globe and not the small-house movement. In 1998 data from the United States Census Bureau showed that for the first time, the average square footage of houses in the country had surpassed the 2, 150 square feet mark since 1973.

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A bargin at twice the price.

Insulating a tiny house is much easier; thus, they are more energyefficient. In simpler terms, the smaller space translates to good insulation. Actually, tiny homes are better insulated compared to trailers and RVs unless you've purchased a high-end model. Since these houses are easy to insulate, they are ideal for both extremely cold climates and scorching-hot environments. You can customize your tiny home by installing solar power systems, heat-recovery ventilators, heat pumps, wood stoves, radiant-floor heating, etc., to make the unit more energy-efficient. Superior insulation will also bring down your energy costs.

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We Joined the Tiny House Movement...How About You?

If you're moving from an ordinary home to a tiny house, you must come up with creative ways of storing your possessions besides giving away, reselling, or recycling them. For instance, you can store your extra pillows and blankets on the trunk or in an ottoman. Since you'll need to have essential items in your new home, you'll definitely need space to store them. It's a major headache storing your belongings in a room less than 400 square feet. One of the superb options would be to consider hanging some of your items on the wall. Hanging your pans, knives, and pots on the wall is an excellent idea rather than storing them in a drawer or cabinet. If you decide to DIY, it's vital to consult an experienced builder or designer to equip you with innumerable ideas on creative ways of storing your items. For example, they can instruct you to install hidden or collapsible drawers in your home. You can also visit blogs, YouTube channels, and websites dedicated to tiny homes to get superb space-saving ideas you can implement in your home.

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Tiny Houses - Big Information

Interestingly, most tiny homes built outside the US are mainly due to convenience rather than following an architectural or social movement, as is the case in the United States. Individuals in nations that have limited resources and wealth find solace in tiny house living. The main drive in such cases is the affordability of these structures. Unfortunately, most of these homes in low-income countries are low-quality units designed for those who can't afford better housing. In most developing countries, tiny houses are built to accommodate large families. In this case, these structures don't offer the benefits associated with the tiny house movement. Such families live in these structures because they wish to but due to lack of an alternative. If they find a better house, they will move in immediately. However, some countries outside of the US are adopting tiny living to impact their communities positively. For instance, a company in Britain by the name Abito has come up with tiny homes that promote sustainable living. Land in Britain is a scarce commodity; this makes tiny living a sustainable way of living and an excellent way to maximize land use. In this sense, the country can flourish in its resources.

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RVs

Many millennials are shifting to RVs as a cost-effective way to own a home. If you've ever been on an RV tour, such a tiny home may not be a new thing to you. But you'll note RVs and tiny homes do have some notable differences. A considerable number of people are turning RVs into tiny houses. RVs are available in a number of styles, such as motorhomes, truck campers, and travel trailers. When choosing these tiny houses, it is vital to reflect on the size. Although you can pick a spacious RV to take care of more belongings, you should be cautious of the weight that may be challenging to haul. So, decide the amount of space you'll need before choosing the ideal RV. Before moving into your RV tiny home, you'll need to downsize. You'll need to donate or sell some of your clothing, cooking utensils, furniture, and other possessions.

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Tiny living at its best

Times have changed, and lodges, hotels, RVs, and Yurts are no longer the only types of accommodation where travelers can reside. Many real estate investors are converting tiny homes into vacation rentals due to the increasing popularity of these houses as an alternative and affordable accommodation areas. You can add more services to your tiny house to make them more attractive to Millennials looking for unique experiences. Such services include free meals, spa, and laundry services, among others.

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  • 03-29-21

This has it all.

Well, you can build one! Tiny home rentals make great extra income for tiny home enthusiasts. A tiny house can often recoup its cost in one to three years. After that, you'll receive the majority of the rent as income.

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  • 03-25-21

Lots of ideas, but, American based

Zoning and building regulations across the country prohibit you from buying land and building your own tiny house on it. Instead, you'll have to build an accessory dwelling unit, which means a secondary residential dwelling unit located on a single-family lot.

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Tiny House Living

The rising costs of mortgages, ever-increasing house prices, diminishing space for new projects, unreliable landlords are some of the motivating factors driving the tiny homes concept. The housing shortage has become a genuine social problem that requires attention from governments, homeowners, and other stakeholders. If you're considering owning a home without breaking the bank, a tiny house could be the answer you're looking for. Not only are those properties an excellent way of saving on housing costs but also an affordable way of building and maintaining a home. If you are considering a building or purchasing such a home, this guide will equip you with all the detail you need to look into to make your dream a success.

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  • 01-20-21

excellent work

Recommended for Simple and Effective Concepts of Building Beautiful Tiny Homes who don’t know where to start. Packed with useful info and links to get more knowledge and continue to learn about this exciting area.

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  • verna menz
  • 01-05-21

effective stuff

This book is gonna help a lot as its easy to understand the concept and uses an effective way to teach it

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