You’ve noticed all the rage in housing are those tiny houses, right? And it has you thinking about downsizing yourself. You’ve looked at pre-fab buildings like those at the local big box home stores. That 10 x 20 that looks like a barn was cute and even had a second floor.
For around $15,000 or so, not too bad. For a few thousands more you could get an upgrade on the doors, roofing, siding, and windows and still come out cheaper than a traditional home. But, did you visualize living in it?
Before you go out and buy a plot of land (yes, you’ll need somewhere to put this structure) and buy one of these barn-like structures, think about the floor plans options. You’re going to need a bathroom, a kitchen area, and some place to sleep. That means you’ll need appliances, cabinetry, closets, and don’t forget furniture. You may think downsizing is what you need, but there are still every day basics you’ll need and want.
How to Figure it Out
First, get a tape measure, a dozen wooden wedges or tent stakes, and string. Then measure out the size of the barn-like building you’re considering in your yard. Then purchase some foam sheets (you’ll find them at a fabric store or big box retail store for around $5 a sheet).
Cut out pieces that would be equivalent to the appliances, cabinets, and furniture you’ll need. Now lay them out inside the floor of your barn-like structure. Arrange and rearrange them, trying different options and remember to allow for doors and windows. Make sure you include chairs, end tables, bed, nightstand, etc.
Downsizing –May Not be as Easy as You Think
Downsizing can be smart for many of us, but it may not be as easy as you think. First, there are a lot of things you have in your current home that you won’t have room for in your tiny house. You’ll need to sort through these things and either have a yard sale, donate stuff, or give to family and friends.
Depending on what stage of life you’re in right now will depend on just what you can do without and what you should hang on to. Your activities and personality will make a difference, as well. The adventurous, young person will have different needs and wants than the older, empty-nesters.
The choice to downsize can be a healthy decision both emotionally, financially, and physically. But it is one you need to think it through and make sure it is right for you. It may be the hottest rage in housing right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.