I’ve been living the tiny house lifestyle for about five years now. I spent about $60,000 for a gently used mobile domicile that sits within a tiny house village. The village charges a rental fee (about $400/month) that includes the land, fresh-water, and sewer. I’m a bit extravagant so I picked the 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom model that is a whopping 1000 square feet. It has a porch, a shed out back, and central air-conditioning. The house also boasts a full-size kitchen with dishwasher, roomy bathrooms, walk-in closet, and a laundry area with washer/dryer.
As a child I would go camping in a motor-home with my family, so this place feels palatial compared to that. Even compared to the typical suburban house I grew up in, this house doesn’t feel all that small. It’s a long little single-story house that takes about 30 seconds to walk from one end to the other at a slow pace. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind a little smaller. As far as the appearance, it’s a bit too modern for my tastes, I’d prefer something more quaint.
I primarily picked the house because I liked the general location, plus I was under financial and time constraints. Taking everything it offers into account, I really couldn’t find anything comparable at that price range. My neighbors are okay, but they’re not the young hip folks you’d expect, they’re more of the older retired type. It’s quiet here, except for the occasional leaf-blowing in the fall and snow-blowing in the winter.
In some ways it just feels like an extended camping experience, which is something I was fond of growing up. Unfortunately though, the scenery is not the same, it’s pretty much like any other neighborhood, cars passing through, no water view, and no biking or hiking trails right out your door. I’d definitely prefer either a campground-like or even a story-book-village-like setting. But really, that’s a complaint I’d have about any standard neighborhood.
So if designing a tiny house village from scratch, I would probably make small-family models between 600 and 800 square feet arranged in a pleasing pattern so as to maximize space and privacy. All the models would be quaint little cottages amidst walking paths and gently rolling hills — kind of like a golf course. Perhaps cars are parked in a lot on the edge of the village hidden by shrubs. Ideally too, it’d be an eco-friendly place filled with gardens and ponds and lots of shade trees.