For many years I have continuously studied all manner of human habitats – anything that people have lived in or could live in comfortably on an ongoing basis long term. That is a huge category. It includes boats, campers, tiny houses, small houses, cabins, yurts, tents, buses, RV’s of all types, emergency shelters, converted silos, barns and all types of unique and unconventional homes as well as all manner of conventional or “normal” homes in all sizes too.
It is fascinating to see the range in sizes and the different opinions people have about what is adequate for one and yet totally unacceptable for others. Some can comfortably live in tiny spaces that others would consider inadequate for a closet – let alone an entire home. So the answer to the question really has to be a personal one that each and every person must decide for themselves.
Me personally? How about approximately 5wx6.5lx5h – Really. But that’s me. I sure as hell am not normal in my way of thinking about such things. I used to think it was about an 8x8x8 cube I designed I called an M3Q – but that is relatively spacious in comparison.
Now I know some people who think 1200 sf houses are too small and others who aren’t happy in anything less than 2400sf.
I think the single biggest factor – at least to me – is affordability. What can you afford to own right now that you can pay for in full with no loans or debt of any kind. Then after that comes need. What do you really need right now? That varies by situation and circumstances a bit – but true needs vs wants can be nailed down if you really want to nail it down. Beyond affordability, and needs come wants. What do you really want that you can actually afford right now?
Obviously that isn’t the normal thought process at all. Normal is how much can I borrow and how much can I get for every cent of that borrowed money. That way of thinking brings with it heavy debt loads and it results in indentured servitude. Many people are just fine with that – and if that’s what they want so be it, but for anyone who is seriously looking for ways to break the shackles of debt – this is it. Buy, or build your own little home that is as small and as cost effective as you can right now to free up your income so you can improve your life quickly.
It doesn’t mean you live in a micro or tiny home for life either if you don’t want to – but it may mean that you choose to do it temporarily so you can better you life as fast as possible. Once you have your finances on track then there will come a time when you can build or have built or remodeled, a little dream home of your very own that will still be totally paid for from day one. Can you do it? Absolutely.
But will you actually do it?
That is the real true question.