I've never understood the obsession with having an enormous house. Unless you're super-rich and can afford to have someone take care of every little thing about it, houses are WORK. If you can actually afford the mortgage without batting an eye, you've still got property taxes that go up every year, lawns to mow, driveways to shovel, windows to clean, rooms to vacuum. Not to mention paying for all the heat, the electricity -- changing all those lightbulbs! If you've got a passel of kids, then yeah, you probably need a larger house. But I am baffled by people who get way more house than they need. So when I saw this 204-square-foot home I was all, Squee! I want one of those.
Carrie and Shane Caverly decided to get rid of their home with its $1,500 monthly mortgage and trade it in for a tiny portable home that they built themselves. They now pay $350 a month, including their land fees and all utilities.
The way the home is designed is pretty amazing. It's got big windows and a porch, fits a full couch and queen-size bed, has a nice little kitchen, a shower, and plenty of storage. Every square inch was built for maximum efficiency.
They've even managed to live in a space this small with a DOG. And a dog kennel is built under the loft bed. The house is also portable, so they can hitch it up to their truck and move whenever they feel like it.
Granted, the Caverlys had to get rid of practically everything they owned, but they were fine with that. "I got absolutely tired of it, all the interest I was paying. At that point, I said I’m not going to deal with banks ever again. A lot of people out there want to figure out how to live simply and without a lot of debt," says Shane.
I'm trying to think of the pros and cons here. Pros: Very little cleaning. Few material things to worry about. Cheap. Travel-friendly. Cons: No bathtub. Have to get rid of your own waste. (Ew.) Husband is practically on top of you every second. And not necessarily in a good way.
Shane says this kind of living isn't for everyone -- and he's probably right. It would probably be best for one person, though that could get a bit lonely. I guess if you get along really well, it wouldn't be a big deal. Luckily it's working out for them. In fact, they've started a business selling homes just like theirs.
Could you live in a house this small?
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