The Tiny House Hunt: How to Find Tiny Houses Near Me

If you have ever seen a tiny house reality television show, you are probably surprised by the more than occasional reveal at the end where the couple who is moving in says, “Wow, it’s so tiny!” If you are like me, you yell at the TV, “WHAT DID YOU THINK IT WAS GOING TO BE? IT’S A TINY HOUSE!!!” But the sad truth is that many people who get into the tiny house market have never seen a tiny house in person, let alone been inside of one. So how do you prepare yourself for the conversion to a tiny home? Well you need to get inside of them, of course! So if you have ever asked, “How do I find tiny houses near me?” then here are a few ways that you can get a taste of tiny living without making the commitment to buying.

Find a Tiny House Builder

Although the market is becoming more and more diverse the older the tiny house movement gets, finding a builder who has models for you to tour is tougher than you think. If you are lucky and they are in the middle of building a house, you can probably pop by to take a look. Just call first. One of the things to remember is that local contractors may build tiny homes, but they aren’t typically going to stock them because of the expense to keep an inventory.  To be fair, there are a lot of people who claim to build tiny homes, but haven’t ever built any. So a search may be fruitless and time consuming. You may be able to find some through our Tiny House Marketplace.

Rent Tiny Houses Near Me (You) for the Weekend

tiny houses near me-rent Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who get into the tiny house movement, only to have circumstances happen upon them and force them to go back to big living. Many of these folks in turn rent their tiny homes out. There is no better way to see if you are right for tiny living than to spend a couple nights doing so. Vrbo.com and airbnb.com are two personal rental websites with very robust filters, but they have not yet broken out “Tiny House” as a category. But let me promise you that they are there. Choose “bungalow”, “studio”, or sometimes “other” to find them. I have also found them under “whole House” and then I choose 1 bedroom and voila! Tiny houses await! Some of these tiny house owners will even let you come by and take a peek at the house without having to stay in it. But here is a word of advice: stay. Stay for a couple of days and really get a feel for it. Don’t be the couple going, “Wow! It’s so small!” because I will yell at you on my television. You may also find someone near you on the Tiny House Map that would be open to giving you a tour.

At Least Get a Feel for the Space

tiny houses near me-shedIf there are no tiny house builders near you, you can at least get a feel for the space (or lack thereof) by finding a local shed dealer. Go take a look at a shed that is about 8 ft. wide by whatever length they have and now picture your entire life in there. There is a lot less room than you think. Some people will mark out the dimensions on their garage or living room floor so they can visualize how much room they will have and try to put everything they have within that space. But without actual walls, the space within the floor markings can appear deceivingly small.

The average tiny house is about 192 sq. ft. which is smaller than some people’s bathroom. So it takes a lot to go tiny and no matter how small you think it might be, when you see it in person you are still going to be surprised. But that is mostly because it is relative to what you are used to. Which is why it’s better to spend some quality time in a home. So get out there and look! You are bound to end up saying, “Wow! There are a lot of tiny houses near me!”

Have you rented or stayed in a tiny house? Tell us about your experience!

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About Tom Bastek

Tom Bastek is the Director of Marketing for Tiny Home Builders and has been on the tiny bandwagon for years. In his spare time he enjoys improv comedy acting, pinball, LEGO building, bowling, craft beer and the New York Jets. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and his hound Josie, who takes up most of the bed. He can be reached at tom@tinyhomebuilders.com or on twitter @tinyhousetom.

8 thoughts on “The Tiny House Hunt: How to Find Tiny Houses Near Me

  1. Amy said:

    I have lived in a 6 X 8′ tiny stick built camper (double bed, small counter with sink, toilet in a closet) for 6 months now. When my 8 X 20′ tiny house is completed I might have so much room I won’t know what to do with it all!

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  4. Jovita Sharp said:

    Getting divorced after 37+ yrs. don’t want stairs due to bad knees. Prefer twin beds, would LOVE if one could be an adjustable bed? I also have a Chiweenie dog that sleeps in his crate. Tiny house will go in my moms double lot backyard, so that we can each have our own space ☺ I currently live in a 2417 sq. ft.home in Lincoln CA & she’s in So. Sacramento CA. Help…

    • I’m building a tiny house with a roll out queen size bed on an adjustable frame (or at least that is the plan). So it can certainly be done. I don’t have any pictures of my layout up yet, but will when it’s done, hopefully by this Fall. http://process.house

  5. Felicia Haislip said:

    I too yell at the TV when I see a couple comment at the end of the show “wow, so tiny” or at the beginning they want FULL SIZE kitchen…hello, tiny means downsizing some items! I also have to shake my head at the shows where a family with 2 kids, pets, and expecting more wee ones want to move into a tiny house. I yell at the TV for them to get in touch with reality…kids will want their own space when they get older…Now that I have vented…I love tiny homes. I have lived overseas and fell in love with the simplicity of being tiny and minimalist. I love the infinite ways storage can be configured in tiny spaces.

  6. Deborah Martin said:

    Hi I am looking into buying a 3 bedroom tiny house for me and 2 sister’s. Can you help with that?

    • All of the homes that we build are less than 300 sq ft and are on trailers. 3 bedrooms would be a tight fit.

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