You’ve been tossing around the idea of tiny house living for a while…and now you’re ready. It’s finally time to make your tiny house dream come true. But where do you start? We’ve compiled five steps to get you going in the right direction and turn your dream into a reality!
Create a Plan
In the beginning, start jotting down everything you can think of that pertains to your new tiny house. How much money are you going to need? Are you going to DIY or have someone build it for you? What kind of lifestyle do you want to enjoy in your tiny home? Where will you park your home once it’s built? How much do you need to downsize? These are only a few of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself.
Then, start to create a plan of action. Similar to a business plan (but nowhere near as formal), start mapping out your strategy to achieve your goals.
Decide on your Design
There are so many unique tiny house designs out there – what kind do you see yourself in? Contemporary or traditional styling? Bedroom on the main floor or in a loft? Ladder or stairs? Extra storage space? Full kitchen or just the bare essentials?
Begin researching online – there are tons of places to get inspiration. Pinterest and Houzz are two great places to start. Create a vision board or collage of pictures that you like and inspire you – these could be certain fixtures, paint colors, other tiny houses that you love, cool storage ideas, etc.
Most likely, you will need to save a little bit of money to achieve your tiny house dream. Whether you’re DIYing it or having someone build it, you’ll need some cash to get the process started. Start thinking of areas in your life where you can save money. Maybe cut out that daily latte or start cooking from home more. These little expenses can save a lot of money over time.
Start Gathering Items
If you are going the DIY route, you’ll want to start gathering items since it can take awhile to find all your materials. If you’re trying to save some money, start visiting recycling centers and research Craigslist and other resources to find inexpensive and oftentimes, free materials. You’ll also want to check out our free 8 week long DIY tiny house crash course.
Talk With Other Tiny House Owners
This suggestion is great for many reasons, but two of the biggest are to get advice and encouragement. Talking with tiny home owners gives you a chance to learn from their mistakes, glean tips on making it easier and get encouragement when things don’t go as planned. This will help keep your spirits up, motivation high and hopefully, the process shorter 🙂
To connect with other tiny house owners, we suggest you look for an online tiny house meet-up group in your area.
Use these steps as a guide to start your exciting tiny home adventure and turn your dream into a reality! We’d love to help any way that we can, contact us today to get started!