A crucial question as you plan out your tiny home dreams. Although we can certainly accommodate both lifestyles in the design, it’s best to get a realistic idea of what you’ll be doing most, and then design the tiny home primarily around that. Everything else will flow from that initial understanding!
Pro Tip: Remember, it all starts with your purpose for the tiny home. Figure that out, then prioritize your design around that purpose - you’ll be happy you did!
This is one of the biggest hurdles for many of our clients, but once they overcome it they always express less stress and a deeper sense of happiness!
Pro Tip: Find a great place to donate your unused and unwanted stuff, then set a requirement for what you keep and what you toss and STICK TO IT! Example: Any clothing item you haven’t worn in over 6 months goes in the toss pile. If you don’t wear it, you don’t need it!
Multiple factors often determine the answer to this question, but figuring out what best fits your needs and going from there is a great place to start. If you plan to travel more and are on a tighter budget, the Signature Series may be the best fit for you. Each model can be personalized to make it true to your lifestyle. Our fully custom Tiny Homes are great options for those with a more flexible budget and more specific lifestyle..
Pro Tip: Figure out your budget, must-haves, and overall home purpose, and you'll be well poised to choose the right tiny home for your lifestyle!
Prioritizing our lives really helps us hone in on what’s important and what’s not. In the design phase, we always encourage our clients to create two lists: one with their "must-haves" and the other with their "would-likes." Put everything that is very important to you, that you can’t live without, in the must-have column, and things you’d like but aren’t absolutely essential in the would-likes column. This will give you a good idea of what’s really important to you while you plan.
Pro Tip: When possible, do this exercise on paper. This helps you visualize your needs vs. the wants, and adjust as needed. Often times you’d be surprised what ends up on the two lists!
Although this doesn’t absolutely need to be figured out right away, it’s a good idea to be aware of your options as you start the process. Our Tiny Homes are RVIA certified as Travel Trailers, so they can typically be placed anywhere a traditional travel trailer can be. We always recommend confirming the location of your tiny home by calling up your local jurisdiction or RV park.
Pro Tip: Location, location, location! You’ve heard it before, but it's true. Find the place you really want to be, then do your research to find out what's possible.
Of course, much of your tiny home design and planning process will come down to this. Your budget will be a big determining factor of your home's size, customization, and how many upgrades you can afford. If you aren’t paying with cash, it’s important to figure out how you will support the tiny home purchase.
Being unorganized is a leading cause of stress and unproductive living. Being organized leads to motivation and energy. A tiny home will exponentially reflect the results of being organized or not. Once you’ve downsized to only the things you need, and truly enjoy, it’s easier to have designated places for them resulting in a more organized life.
Pro Tip: Organization is a choice. Start small and make it your daily habit to start being more organized in all areas of your life. Making your bed each morning, putting things away, right away, rather than doing it later (we know that doesn’t happen ;) ), and creating specific places for your things is a great start. Did you know the average person spends a total of 60 hours a year looking for lost items? That’s two and a half days! Organization is a big key to living a fulfilled, peaceful life.
Downsizing doesn’t happen overnight. The best way to downsize is gradually, by taking baby steps. Simply start by going through your things to make a pile of things you don’t want or need any more. Try to do this about every three months and you may be surprised each time with the things you realize you no longer use or need.
Pro Tip: Downsizing is just as much about shifting your mentality as it is about getting rid of unused items. If you can get there mentally, you can get there physically. Again, baby steps is key here. Start with little decisions and grow from there.