Making The Decision To Build A Tiny Home
My Next Adventure
My time flying in Africa is coming to an end and now I have to figure out what my next “adventure” is. I am at a time in my life where I want to be free. Free of things, free to spend my time as I wish, free of the anchor of a mortgage. I want to be able to take months to go on adventures, not worrying about making enough money to cover my mortgage or apartment rent. So with all of these considerations in mind, I have decided to build a tiny home.
The more I research building a tiny home, the more fear that runs through my veins. This is not a small investment. I received a quote for just the trailer today and for the trailer alone I’m looking at almost $8000. I am looking at building a tiny home on a 8 foot by 28 foot trailer, so in tiny terms it’s a pretty big home. There are a couple luxury items that I absolutely want to make my tiny home mine. One is a wood burning stove and it’s going to cost almost $1000. The next luxury item isn’t for luxury but for my desire to place my tiny home somewhere remote, I want to be fully solar. I’m still waiting on quotes for the solar system but I know it’s going to be several thousand dollars. So I haven’t even nailed one board to anything to create a habitable box and I’m already over $12K. My biggest fear is building this home, sinking $40K plus into it and then not having a legal place to park it. My next biggest fear is resale value. I’ve owned a few homes in my life and I’ve been fortunate to always have equity in my home when I sold it. I have no clue if I’m ever going to be able to sell this home if I need to and if I do, am I going to lose money on it?
Even with all of these scary thoughts, I am still committed to building myself a tiny home, I will just have to work through the problems as they arise. I really believe this is the lifestyle I want at the price point I want, so that I’m free to live the life I want. I am tired of being forced to work “X” number of hours a week to cover the mortgage. Of course we all have to work, we need food and shelter and coffee, but I have lived in too many homes that required too much of my monthly income. It’s time to scale down my living situation so I can scale up my adventure situation.