Tiny House Families: Can you fit?

With the Tiny House movement on the rise, more and more people are considering going tiny. The two main demographics are childless couples and retirees. But what if you are a happy family of five? Can the tiny house be for you? Here are some questions to ask and resources to help find answers for all those soon to be tiny house families.

Wow. A whole family in a tiny house? Just think of all their STUFF! Where would we put it? What would their friends think? What  would his friend’s mom think of ME? What address would we give the school? Do I have to be worried about Child Protective Services? Are there pamphlets on potty training via composting bucket? Don’t panic!

As a mother myself, in the planning stages of building tiny, I have had to do my own research. What I discovered was that Tiny House Families have good reason to be firm stakeholders in the movement. Moreover, there are already many, many, many families successfully living tiny.

To name a few of those brave pioneers:

The Kasl Family

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The Berzins Family living tiny so they can grow a mortgage-free homestead.

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Macy, James, Hazel,& their dog,Denver living more with less.

Things to Consider:

  1. Define your values. Prioritize what you think is important in life; ex.Career, Family, Leisure, Pursuing dreams. In reality, how much time are you devoting? You may find that a Tiny Home will help you balance your values and goals with your way of living.
  2. Children learn to value life experiences more than material possessions
  3. “Forced” to enjoy outdoor space. More fresh air and exercise!
  4. Tinier homes are easier and less costly to maintain
  5. Ability to afford higher quality foods
  6. Less pressure to “keep up with the Joneses”
  7. Less sq. footage means less time needed to clean
  8. Less stuff means less tidying (downsizing your closet means less laundry,too!)
  9. Less space to accumulate clutter = more pocket $ and less overwhelming
  10. More financial stability
  11. Pay off debt faster
  12. Work Schedule and projects on your terms
  13. More time to pursue dreams
  14. More funds and time to explore leisure opportunities and relaxing vacations.
  15. More quality family time (eating together, activities together)
  16. Less arguments over money means happier marriage. One of the best indicators of marital discord is “financial disagreements”. (2009, Dew)
  17. Stability in that no matter where you go, no matter if you lose your job or some unforeseen occurrence, your family will have the same four walls and a roof over their head.

Precautions:

  1. Have patience. Just because you have done your research does not mean everyone has. If you come up against roadblocks, be prepared to share your findings and help educate people.
  2. Check with Zoning in the city you will reside. You would hate to run the risk of eviction. This might mean a devastating change in school system and loss of community.

Still not sure? Go spend some time in a tiny house for vacation! See if it works for you.

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

There are so many benefits of Tiny House living. As long as families are prepared and plan for any issues that may arise, tiny house living can be an easy transition. After all, there is no denying the positive physical and emotional impact that improves the whole family’s quality of life. And I promise, it’s not anything like an episode of the Alaskan Bush People.

Do you think you could live with  your family in a tiny house? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Erin Harmon

Erin Harmon Vazquez is a Tiny House enthusiast, Family Education Specialist, Steeped Tea consultant, Guitarist & vocalist in a local Americana band,CartWheel, and Social Media Maven for Tiny Home Builders. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and four year old son, where they are in the planning stages of building a Tiny House as transitional living to a mortgage-free foundation home.

10 thoughts on “Tiny House Families: Can you fit?

  1. Kate McKee said:

    I found this article at the most perfect time. My boyfriend and I have been planning our tiny home/lifestyle change for the past 6 months. We plan to move our two kids (ages 6 and 3) from Pennsylvania to Texas to be closer to family. Last night, we had dinner with my boyfriend’s family, and I felt overwhelmed by how they put down and devalued our plans. Initially I was angry and hurt, but now I realize that they just don’t understand. Your article helped validate my decisions in my own mind, which is obviously more important than the opinions of others. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a valuable reminder.

    • Erin Harmon said:

      Thank you, Kate! I am so glad you found the encouragement you needed to move forward.

  2. David said:

    Erin, great article! Do you have any pets? Besides the fact that my wife isn’t quite sure how she feels about tiny living yet, I have a hard time envisioning us moving tiny (present state) because of our pets. We have two dogs (Rottweiler and German Shepherd) and daughter aged 3. As my wife puts it, “They’re dogs,” (i.e. they are made to be outside). Do you or know of others living tiny with large (indoor) pets. Thanks in advance!

  3. Bob said:

    I find it interesting that one of the two mentioned ‘main demographics’ is retirees. I have been watching the growth of the tiny house movement over the past several years and have seen very little in the way of picture evidence for retirees ‘going tiny.’ In fact, I have noted that the ‘face’ (largest demographic–95%) of the movement appears to be young (under 40), caucasian, white collar, middle/professional class, mostly singles and couples, along some small families, who love the outdoors. Except for a very few, a tiny house is a temporary/transitional (1-3 yr) phase, something to experience, as they look for their next adventure. It is not the way they plan to spend the rest of their lives. I have no problem with this (in fact it makes perfect sense) but just wonder why retirees are often mentioned as an important TH demographic.
    As a retiree myself, I enjoy the creativity involved in the whole THOW enterprise, and while tempted to build one for the fun of it, I can’t imagine myself living in one (in someone’s backyard or farm property?) for the rest of my life (15+ years). I know plenty of people my age who are downsizing and interested in a simpler, less expensive, more maintenance-free living situation (800-1100 sq ft), but not looking for a permanent space where the foundation is on wheels. Just saying (:-)

    • Tom Bastek said:

      Hi Bob,
      And thanks for reaching out. I do not know what you mean by “watching the growth of the tiny house movement over the past several years.” If you mean on television, then yes, you would be correct in saying that the “face” of the tiny house movement would be young, good looking, well-presented individuals and couples. This is because you are watching TV and that is what the networks want to portray. Being in the business as long as we have, we see a different side. Even I, who has only been working in the Tiny House World for about a year and a half, will tell you that the people that are calling/emailing/attending workshops are not entirely of the demographic mentioned above. We have a diverse cross section of people. I would definitely say that we have equal as many older as we have younger folks and from all ethnic backgrounds. I would say that the tiny house world may not be ideal for large families, and I would say that is why we see people on both sides of the “family years” choosing to go tiny. And although I am sure you know a lot of people your age that do not want to reside on a wheels for the remainder of their days, I know plenty that do.

    • Dolphin said:

      In the tiny home community here in Austin that i am looking at, it is mostly 40 plus single (or children grow) females. We are looking for our own space but also have a community of like minded people. Organic Gardening, healthy lifestyle (Yoga, gym, swimming pool) There will be a community center, grocery store, farmers market and restaurant. Single women over 40 are craving their own space but also want to feel love and support that comes from being around other amazing women. Just another demographic that not everyone mentions.

      • shefje said:

        I was wondering if you knew of other tiny communities in any other states ? I’m considering the tiny way of living when I down size . I am disabled , 62 and female . I am an artist an would love to travel sometimes with my tiny home….then return to my community !

    • JanS said:

      Howdy Bob,

      Having done 2 years of research, 1 year of financing prep I’m currently having my THoW being built. SO yes, TV shows are demographically skewed to get the young eyeballs to watch the ads .. but also have about 10 YouTube subscriptions showing the gamut of all ages & lifestyles. Not for me – because I’m going to support an older sister at 1st & stay put awhile – but there’s a section of Americans that are living the permanent RV lifestyle out there!

  4. Allan Stewart said:

    All very interesting—on with the show–The Tiny House movement s a great addition for the times–

  5. John Elpers Homes said:

    Post is too good, thank you for sharing!!

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