Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is a company that was started by Jay Shafer back in 1997. At that time, Shafer, having read that many U.S. states had laws against allowing people to live in small dwellings, felt compelled to work against what seemed to him to be forced consumption.
The original laws were enacted in order to prevent vagrants from living in sheds and the like and/or as a means of preventing landlords from renting out closets and other inadequate places. However, Shafer says these laws are much too broad.
The tiny houses built by the company start at about $40,000 US. While this isn’t exactly cheap, it is a good deal less than the usual prices for properties for sale Vancouver.
You can also save a lot of money if you decide you’d like to try building one of these homes yourself. You can buy the plans for a mini house for less.
Though Shafer lived in an 89 square foot house for some time, now ready to start a family he has moved into a five hundred square foot home in Northern California.
Shafer has learned a good deal since he first started, primarily how to use every last vestige of useful space. Floor to ceiling shelving and a loft bed are just some of the ways to make the most of a tiny dwelling.
Of course, though the houses may be a good deal smaller than what people are used to, the main thing really involves letting go of stuff. You simply cannot keep anything not used in this kind of space.
While much of the work the company gets is for cottages or additions to the backyard, more and more people are choosing to live smaller.
Kitsilano real estate prices being what they are, this offers an interesting alternative to big living and big costs. However, there can be difficulties in getting permits, so one needs to check the regulations and zoning rules of their area before investing in a tiny home.