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Tiny Houses, How Much Do They Cost?

by: Sharai Hoeksma
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If there’s one hype jumping at our front, right, and center, it must be that of tiny houses. Tiny living is the new buzzword for tv shows, Pinterest-boards, and furniture collections alike.

A Big House To Prove That We Have Done Well

Somehow, our collective mindset has evolved from that of our (grand)parents - of getting ourselves a big house to prove that we have done well in life - to one held by the younger generations, who firmly believe that less ‘stuff’ will make them happier and sizing down is the way to go.

Many cite environmental concerns alongside a better work/family balance. Plus, not unimportantly, the economic benefits. The idea of a mortgage-free life and minimal living expenses is just too appealing to ignore - especially as it will provide us with the earlier mentioned benefits, where we can afford to work less and spend more time with ourselves, our family, and our hobbies. And then happiness ensues, or so is the thought.

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Villa in Blaricum, The Netherlands.

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Tiny Houses, How Much Do They Cost?

Although the prices floating around the internet may sound too good to be true, it might, in fact, be true that you can get your own tiny home for less than the price of a new car. A particularly astounding example is the rather cozy 'Mooi Zat,' which might look like a 16 square meter woodshed but has been known to fit a two-person bed and a water tank on a vide. A basic kitchen, a bathroom including shower. It includes even a small inside area for equipment like a water pump, inverter, garden tools, and your bicycle. It covers pretty much everything else you need for just below 25.000 Euro.

The Basics Of A Tiny House

The earlier example already shows how tiny these tiny houses can be. Do not be alarmed by this, as they can be significantly larger, too. There is no ‘set’ size for what qualifies as a tiny house, although they are usually not larger than 37 square meters - with a maximum of 45 to 50 square meters. They can be built on a foundation - ‘fixed in place,’ to speak - or on wheels. If the latter applies, the tiny house might have to be considerably smaller to be allowed on the road.

white-tiny-house-with-a-reed-roof
Strawbale tiny house with a straw roof

Depending on where you live, the limits set for a tiny house on wheels may vary - but generally, they are set at or around 4.2 meters tall, 2.60 meters wide, and 12 meters long. This gives you no more than 30 square meters of living room, so the size of a hefty trailer. Also, you may not be able to park it everywhere you want - so make sure to check zoning and camping laws.

If you are opting for a foundation-built tiny house, they can be somewhat bigger. Just know that your claim to having a tiny house stops at 50 square meters. Anything larger than that is just a tiny house - or a pretty generous downtown apartment.

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Is Tiny Living Really Cheaper?

Although many may cite chivalrous reasons for going tiny - spending more time with family, becoming more independent, getting in touch with nature -, there is ultimately one incentive that takes the crown. Money. And the fact that tiny living promises a cheap home with equally cheap costs certainly facilitates the decision-making process.

And yes, building a much smaller home does require fewer building materials and not as much land. Hence, cheaper. But how much cheaper? Is it really worth giving up a great deal of space and comfort for, not to mention the amount of ‘stuff that you need to pair down on?

straw-house-on-stilts
Jeffry's House was Emily Mannion and Thomas O'Brien's winning entry to a competition brief set by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that demonstrate how architects can create structures that enhance their natural surroundings.

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The Cost Of Tiny Living

First, tiny living costs depend on whether you plan to buy an existing tiny house or build one from scratch. The first option is somewhat cheaper, with a brand new custom-made tiny house costing about 30% more than a used one. Used ones can be purchased through a realtor or the Tiny House Marketplace. As a reference: a 19 m2 home will set you back anywhere between €25,000 and €50,000, depending on the luxury of the furnishings.

Generally, the bigger the home, the more expensive it will be. This applies both to used and self-built. Also, you will be paying for any additional luxuries - so it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.

white-tiny-house-on-wheels

Building Tiny

Many people shy away from building their own homes. The stories that we read and that are detailed on TV-series are, after all, not too great. Lengthy timelines keep on experiencing delays, budgets that are out of control, and contractors that leave overnight, leaving the place in shambles—all the more reason not even to attempt it.

That was until tiny houses came along. As they are so much smaller, construction is generally a lot easier. Cost control will be easier, and construction much swifter. However, it does still depend on what you want to do with the place as for everything.

The simplest tiny home can be built for some €10,000, while a really fancy one might put you €60,000 back. It is a pretty wide range yet still pretty affordable regardless of what end of this spectrum you end up at.

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Higher Square Meter Price, Cheaper Overall

It sure sounds that way, with used-house prices going through the roof in many urban areas and being utterly unaffordable for (young) families. Compared to a regular family home, a €30,000 tiny home sounds like a dream come true. There’s just one small caveat. While the average price of a regular house adds up to €1,500 per square meter, the price per square meter of a tiny house averages €2,800. That is almost double the amount. But, no need to panic. This has everything to do with the amount of ‘dead space.’

Every square meter counts and has to be crammed full of expensive equipment, devices, and storage solutions in a tiny house. On the other hand, these costs can be spread over larger square footage in a larger house. So do not let this number fool you.

White-tiny-house-with-open-door

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Bringing Down The Costs

When building your tiny home, there are ways of bringing down your costs even more. The majority of your money will go towards labor and materials. Labor can be cut down on drastically if you employ handy family members and friends. If you take care of most of the building process yourself, it can save you up to €10,000. Additionally, you can take crash-course ineffective materials shopping to get yourself some great savings that will push down the final number even more.

Last but not least: do not forget about the costs of ‘landing’ your tiny house somewhere. If you plan on a fixed place, you still need to get some land and the appropriate permits. For tiny houses on wheels, you require even more permits to get it road-worthy; and you ought to be mindful of the RV parking fees.

All in all, you will definitely find that your tiny home is cheaper than any regular-sized home. Just do not forget that it will also give you a lot less space, something that may be romantic at first but is definitely not for everyone. After all, you get what you pay for.

Cover photo: The Arctic Hideaway is nestled in the mountains of Fleinvaer, Norway. This extraordinary work of architecture attracts artists from all over the world looking to “disconnect to connect.” Kebony cladding was used for the exterior for its reliable durability in the harsh winter climate. Constructing the suspended element required significant planning for wind and weather resistance, and building a sustainable and maintenance-free structure was imperative. Kebony was also the perfect material selection because it blends seamlessly with the Norwegian landscape, bringing out a sense of natural harmony.

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We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about your tiny house?  Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input  or subscribe .
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