Pre-planning: 2 Things To Think About:

If you’re pondering building (or buying) a tiny house, it’s likely that you’ve already thought about it a lot. You may have thought about the very things in this post, but for those of you who haven’t, I’m going to highlight 2 major considerations to be as as realistic as possible in determining if a tiny house would work for you.

1. Can you roll with the responsibilities of living in a tiny house?

It’s not just condensing your belongings that comes with moving into a tiny space. It’s being responsible in a different way for every aspect of your home. If your water is going to go back into the ground, are all your products biodegradable? If your living situation requires it, are you ready to dispose of your trash offsite?

If your toilet is composting, are you prepared to follow the steps to make it work properly? If it’s an RV type, can you transport your tank to facilities at regular intervals? These things aren’t a big deal breaker for some people, but are for others, and they are a major part of living tiny.

2. Can you deal with bending the rules?

This is a big factor. The bottom line is that if you are going to build and live full time in a tiny house, there will be laws you’re going against. Unless you plan to live in an RV park or travel semi constantly, it is technically illegal (90% of the time) to live in one. People often ask how I comply with this and that law, or how I am legal in this and that way. For the most part? My house doesn’t comply, and I likely am illegal.

It’s not to say that tiny housers are vindictively out there with the intent of breaking health and safety laws and laughing the evil laugh. Jay Schaffer refers to it as ‘civil disobedience’, and rules don’t get changed (in the common man’s favour) if there is no one standing up for the cause. I believe that, perhaps an inadvertent way, living in a tiny house IS standing up for a cause.

Without a formal complaint, it’s a tricky thing to police and you can live a long and happy time parked in someone’s back yard but you should know what you’re up against.

So there are 2 considerations for your pre tiny house planning. Do you think you’re up for it?

Ella is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings. She built and lives in her own tiny house on wheels based on the Tumbleweed Fencl and is an active participant in the tiny house community. You can learn more about her through her website at

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