I’ve come across a lot of folks who are in doubt about going small, not everybody wants to go as small as a tiny house while some of them don’t mind living in tiny houses which small housers call claustrophobic. The internet is filled with small house vs tiny house battle and there’s no clear winner. It’s always boils down to a choice, your choice which decides what’s best. In this glorious battle of Small Home vs tiny house we will do a factor wise analysis of each kind of house. This shall help you in getting a clear idea about the yays and nays of a small house vs tiny house.
1. Available Space
A small house size varies from 300 Sq. ft. to 1000 Sq. ft while a tiny house ranges from 90 Sq. Ft. to 300 Sq. ft. Now depending upon the requirements, a small house can be as small as you want. A small house has almost no restrictions when compared to size and dimensions, a small house can have 30’ width if required. For a tiny house this cannot be the case. A tiny house has restricted width of 8’6” (on wheels) and almost 12’-16’ in case of tiny house on foundation (THOF).
2. Energy Efficiency
Let’s get this point straight, a tiny house is more energy efficient than a small house. Like tiny house, a small house can be made extremely energy efficient. If one of your points towards choosing a tiny home over small house is the energy efficiency then let me cancel out that point for you.
3. Ease of Getting Insurance
You want to insure your house no matter be it tiny or small house or even a conventional big home. Insurance provides you safety in case of a mis-happening or an untoward accident and various other reasons compels you to take an insurance for your home. Now, My experience and of various other people that I have talked to and interacted with say that getting a tiny house insured is one hell of a problem. Sure, there are some that provide insurance for a tiny home, but they aren’t as smooth and (really) not as confident as the one you’d get for a small house or a conventional house.
4. Parking Issues
I’ve mentioned in my previous articles that parking a tiny house is one of the bigger problems once your tiny house is set up. However, I have solved the problem for you in another article. The problem still persists, in a way that, you still have to work towards finding a parking spot. Now coming to a small house, this problem is absent, completely absent, all you have to do is get a piece of land, and no more headaches like in the case of tiny house on wheels.
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5. Hobby Room or Guest Room
This luxury of a having a hobby room (enter your hobby here) is completely absent in a tiny house. Getting a hobby room is long shot, there isn’t enough room for even storage unless your house is designed by an expert. After all it is your house and you should have it in your terms. Space is the primary problem in a tiny house, which is completely solved in a small house.
6. Insulation In a Small House vs Tiny House
The problem with RV and tiny house is that they need to take care of the weight which denies the luxury of having a very efficient insulation. The case if quite better with tiny homes but the insulation is very poor in RV. Small house has the best insulation of all the three for the luxury and easiness of installing insulation as per your weather demands.
7. Value of your home
RV is a motor vehicle and the value depreciate, a tiny house WILL have good value in the future but that is not guaranteed, normally you’ll have to sell your tiny house for a depreciated value, and the depreciation value for a RV is even higher. The best bet here is to go for a small house, where the value of your small house appreciates over time meaning that you end up making money by selling your small house if you have to.
8. Ease of construction
A small house is just a bigger version of a tiny house minus the trailer, instead of a trailer it has a foundation which makes it a little difficult to build a small house on your own (you can always hire a contractor to do the foundation). Apart from the foundation aspect, building a small house is as easy building a tiny house. You can DIY it if you have to. Both the small house and tiny houses that I design can be DIYed. Check’em here
9. Legal hassles if any
Tiny house falls under the grey category, they aren’t RV or a home either, and there are no clear rules by the government in this regard. Parking issues, building codes, legal issues and resale value, are some of the negatives that land in the domain of tiny house, while there ain’t any legal issue in a small house as long as it suits the zoning laws of the area.
10. Cost of Construction of a Small House vs tiny house
When you go to buy a tiny house it gets expensive than building a small house however, if you get your tiny house built by a contractor or DIY it it is far cheaper than a small house. But many of us want to directly buy a tiny house and not indulge in the hassles of DIYing it or contracting it, doing this can cost you a lot more than getting a Small home built.
Mind it, consider all the points, take the decision wisely, because you will make a house only once, do it right.
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