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Hogwarts Inn Express Tiny House For Sale in Asheville, NC


This is a 24ft tiny house on wheels dubbed the Hogwarts Inn Express because it’s designed to tribute Harry Potter.

It’s listed for sale over at Tiny Home Builders for $99,000. The house was built in 2018 and features approximately 204 sq. ft. of space.

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Hogwarts Inn Express Tiny House on Wheels in Asheville, North Carolina (For Sale)

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Highlights

  • 24ft
  • Asheville, NC
  • $99,000
  • 204 sq. ft.
  • Built in 2018
  • Fully furnished and decorated with over 100 licensed Harry Potter products and many handmade items too
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Two lofts
  • Storage
  • RV-compliant trailer

In addition to being a fully-functioning home, there is so much fantasy and joy in the decor of the house. Ready for the true Harry Potter fan, who dreams of living at Hogwarts! Comes with everything shown.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Jane November 14, 2018, 8:41 pm

    Ok, I feel like this website and the world has gone mad.

    100,000 dollars for a 200 square foot tiny house on wheels? Why would ANYONE ever choose to buy that? Why would they buy the 74,000 dollar option?

    These prices are NORMAL HOUSE prices. What is the bonus? Virtue-signalling that you have a small carbon footprint? For what, two years?

    This is not even something I can enjoy anymore, and I have been reading this blog almost daily for at least 5 years.

    The “movement” has become a farce. It’s a joke. It’s a silly little game for people with more money than sense.

    • James D. November 15, 2018, 2:04 am

      No, you’re just not understand how diverse people and homes can be…

      Fact is everything has trade offs but there are many valid reasons why people can choose to do it differently because not everyone has the same needs, preferences, circumstance they have to deal with, or want the same kind of lifestyle or benefits from their home.

      Costs just vary depending on those variables and what actually makes sense also depends on those variables…

      For example, prices of big houses are nationally much higher but even where they’re not what you’re actually comparing to is typically just the starting prices of those big houses… They actually keep going up into the millions and for very similar reasons.

      How houses can be built covers a very wide range from basic structures to luxury custom built mansions, and tiny houses are no different.

      So a higher end tiny house just compares to a higher end big house… and what people are paying for are things like better luxury, a home that can last longer without needing maintenance, a home that can provide them features they may not otherwise get, and services like having it custom built to exactly fit their needs, preferences, and chosen lifestyle.

      Anything custom in general will cost more but when you get something custom you’re paying for a service and not just a product… Same reason you would go to a tailor instead of a department store or custom furniture maker instead of a big box store… Custom home builders similarly are providing a service and while that means added cost it also typically means added benefits…

      For example, adding solar and making a home that can function off-grid typically adds 25-30% to the cost of the home for a tiny house but that provides benefits like being able to live off-grid, allowing for a greater range of places it can be placed, allows for a more self sufficient life, and can significantly help to reduce long term costs…

      And reducing long term costs is no small thing because long term costs are continuous and over time can add up to multiple times what the home originally cost.

      Take a simple log cabin… Normal annual maintenance costs is around $3000 but if properly well built a cabin may not need maintenance and that can mean a savings that adds up to around $90,000 after 30 years… And that’s only one kind of savings that a better built and designed home could provide.

      Inefficient big homes is one of the reasons why they keep on increasing the energy efficiency standards for new house construction.

      Since about 68% of our electricity comes from fossil fuels, big houses actually account for more fossil fuel usage every year than all vehicles combined because of how much energy they waste in heating and cooling…

      While a tiny house can pretty easily be made to meet even net zero standards and basically be self sufficient and have no ongoing contribution to the nations carbon footprint… So not just the initial savings from how the home was constructed to consider…

      Along with other reasons people may choose to pay more like they may have special needs that only a custom built home can meet or they just want to be sure the home is made from materials that are sustainable and will ensure the home is healthy to live in… Unlike the often toxic mix that we get with how most homes are built these days with VOCs and other chemicals… among other things the housing market generally doesn’t addresses and thus force people to look for more costly alternatives…

      While not everyone will be in the same situation… There are areas of the country where there’s no affordable housing and costs of big homes run into the millions and some areas will have minimum standards of what’s allowed that not all alternative options will meet…

      Other times people pay more for a simply bigger tiny house because it’s not just a single person but a family who may need to live in it and that often requires the home be custom built to efficiently meet everyone’s needs and maintain an acceptable quality of life for all…

      Or they need a home that is more easily movable to ensure to allow for things like a nomadic lifestyle they otherwise could never have in a regular home and help reduce those cost of moving the home by designing it to be lighter and more durable to withstand the rigors of travel…

      So not a farce, just complicated… Just like people!

      The movement is ultimately about people having the freedom to make their own choices to live their life under their own terms and thus be able to achieve the life they actually want to have, which is the actual goal… How that’s done just won’t be the same for everyone…

      • Pat November 15, 2018, 5:47 pm

        James,

        I’ve got to speak up here; I’ve had enough. I think it’s very rude to say that someone just isn’t understanding how diverse the houses and people can be. That kind of response stops conversation and denies someone an opportunity to express an opinion. Same thing happened when I posted recently. We don’t need a long post to school us or convince us that we don’t understand! It’s just simple — some of us out here are beginning to wonder what in the world people are thinking with these very expensive “tiny” (or not) homes.

        First, in the last 5-10 years, the price and size of the homes have exploded. Considering there is a struggle to legally build and park these homes, I find the expense mind boggling. Essentially, the homes have to be certified RVs to go into RV parks. In my state (where this tiny is being sold), it is completely illegal to live in an RV on my OWN PROPERTY!

        Second, yes, people can get in the tiny houses all the bells and whistles that they would want in a traditional home but couldn’t afford; many are now going into debt for them. Look at all the sites offering mortgages! These tiny houses registered as RVs do not tend to increase in value as a home. Now if someone wants to drop a $100,000 (PLUS) on a tiny, have at it. Maybe where you and others live, $100K for a mortgage is wonderful, but here on the East Coast, $100K will buy a decent home, which should increase in value given proper maintenance.

        Third, I’ve read the listings and articles for people who build these tinies and then find out they can’t live in that space. Uh, the one listed here was built THIS YEAR! They want to cram all the stuff in them that they had in their big houses. They need storage spaces. Now they want porches, big porches for a tiny house. So the houses get bigger. The price goes up. And while I love a great modern look on houses, to get all their stuff in these houses, people are buying/building boxes. And then they want to sell the box when it just doesn’t work.

        When Jay Shafer, our godfather of the movement, started out, he made conscious decisions on what he could and couldn’t live without. Yes, he was single. No, he didn’t need a lot more. As people were coming into the movement, they were expressing a desire to live lighter on the earth and live without mortgages. They were consciously deciding what was important materially and discarding what wasn’t. The result was tiny livable houses — probably for 1 or 2 people. Now? People are trying to stuff families of 4+ into the houses. And many find it doesn’t work! Otherwise, why are there so many listings?

        My final point is that perhaps many of us are saying to others — think about goals. Do you REALLY want a $100K RV that has to be financed? Do you think you can successfully accommodate what you had in a 2000+ square foot house in something less than 400 square feet? What is the goal? Do you really have to have stainless appliances and granite countertops and hardwood floors and tiled baths? The relocation theory to fix problems generally fails because the problem isn’t the location; it’s the person. Same with a tiny.

        Yes, people can customize and specialize –whatever pleases them. But when those of us out here, scratch our heads and question the sanity of it, we are just as entitled to those opinions and questions as those who are building. My hope is that maybe someone who is considering one of these RV castles will read a post such as Jane’s and give it a second thought, even if they go forward.

        I don’t want a response schooling me on any of this. My opinion stands and won’t be swayed. I DO understand people and their differences.

        Alex, my apologies to you.

        • James D. November 15, 2018, 7:21 pm

          I honestly don’t see how my comment was rude to point out that the reasons people do things go beyond what the original commentator indicated.

          People have been living in small to tiny homes for most of human history and the reasons are legion as to why.

          So how is it not opening eyes then to point out that people aren’t all doing it for any single reason and that the actual movement has always involved a lot more than one concern?

          Does it not matter that housing has become toxic to many people and they look for alternatives because they want to live in more healthy homes that actual suites their needs?

          Or that people have other concerns like the lack of sustainability, environmentalism, and even civil rights of home owners…

          Does it not matter that financial reasons aren’t limited to just the initial cost of the home but everything that comes after as well?

          Must everything be in extremes so nothing can be in between and meet different needs?

          In my experience, you don’t get to understand people by first calling them crazy and compare their choices to things irregardless of their differences or any recognition that not all people have the same needs or will ever all do it the same way…

          So are we suppose to really repeat the mistakes that have plagued the housing market and judge people because they make different choices and then when pointing out that’s wrong to then be judged as being rude for actually explaining why those choices were made?

          Isn’t the first step to understanding anything first admitting that we don’t understand and then be open to learning?

          Perhaps I didn’t word it properly but my point is very much the opposite of what it seems to have meant to you. I apologize for the confusion but that was not my intention and I hope you now understand what I meant.

      • Pat November 19, 2018, 3:52 pm

        James, I’ve thought about your response for several days before replying. I truly believe you are trying always to be helpful in offering people lots of information about tiny houses. But also realize that many of us have been following this “movement” for many years, some of us since its inception and before that. We, therefore, are well aware of the varied reasons people choose to go tiny and the numerous options they can utilize. However, if we believe that some (many) of the tiny houses are way overpriced and have perhaps become something of a trendy-oh-let-me-go-tiny group think, we come to that decision with the information to make our decision. Your efforts to “open our eyes” or tell us that we “don’t understand” is infuriating. I’m an old gal who thinks many of these new tiny home buyers are trying to (1) stuff all their belongings from a traditional house into a tiny because it will be an easier life or (2) build something really “custom” without giving thought to the realities of the space and living in such. Thus, I see MANY of these tiny (tiny?) houses back on the market in less than a year, just like this Hogwarts house.
        So please don’t dismiss us as misundertanding or being uninformed (that’s the part that seems rude to me). We don’t and aren’t. I think that the extravagant prices of some THOWs discourage hopefuls (like Angela, below). Example: Modern Tiny Living’s Nugget is certainly a more affordable option, but it’s still a reach, especially for its tiny space (but I like it). http://www.moderntinyliving.com/nugget.html Please keep in mind though that many/most units must be registered as RVs, which limits parking options. And have mercy, I wouldn’t want to spend that much on an RV! You?
        You are certainly correct that the most expensive units seems to get the press. I appreciate your suggestion to Angela for lesser expensive options. I also appreciate Alex taking time to look for more reasonably priced units.
        So please, just keep in mind that some of us reading here have been at it for a long time, too, and have become somewhat frustrated with what we see (and we have plenty of info in our bag to justify our thoughts). Carry on. I appreciate the conversation, James.

        • Alex November 19, 2018, 6:46 pm

          Thanks for your well thought out response, Pat. I will continue to find more affordably priced units to share. Thanks everyone!

        • James D. November 20, 2018, 2:48 am

          Pat, I don’t disagree that some aren’t doing it right but I don’t believe it’s right to paint everyone with the same proverbial brush and declare all of them as doing it wrong for the wrong reasons.

          One of the major problems of our society today is the near total lack of empathy. We have people who can look at a drowning man and instead of having the instinct to go try and save him they will instead pull out their phones and video it… Extreme but it’s a sign of where our society is on the brink of…

          So there is reason to pause when it comes to things like whether it’s even right to judge others without even knowing them or their situation as that tends to do nothing but promote discrimination.

          Much of the reasons people seek alternatives for housing comes down to that the system as it is simply doesn’t address their needs and promotes an environment of discrimination that if they don’t fit the predefined mold of how it should be done then they can be evicted or in some extreme cases even sent to jail.

          While the simple fact is we don’t know all the owners of these homes. So how can it be justified to be judge and jury on other people we don’t even know, with no idea of their situation, or what led them to making the choices that led to that home being built for them.

          I agree that everyone has a right to an opinion but in a free society opinions should always be challenged. Since only by open debate can we ever tell the difference from an opinion and what is fact from fiction, truth from lies, and right from wrong…

          I also believe people have a right to address not only their physical needs but also their emotional needs…

          Since it goes to quality of life and people can suffer in many different ways if not all their needs are met.

          Like imagine what would happen to a musician if their hands were broken and they could never play an instrument for the rest of their lives?

          If you can imagine that kind of suffering that goes beyond just the physical then imagine how someone who has a different but similar emotional need for something like artistry and needs a home that feeds their soul… Are they to be criticized and denied simply because others may not recognize and understand why they designed their home the way they did?

          Besides, there’s also no real standard to the criticisms I’ve been seeing posted. The nugget, for example, some would say is extremely over priced and not just a reach.

          While some seem to compare to RV’s as if they are built the same way when they’re not, and wonder why any tiny house is over $10,000…

          Conversely, some who have gone very minimal and cost effective have similar criticism about how they’re not doing it right by going too far…

          People looking for alternatives already have to deal with things like NiMBY (Not in My Back Yard) and HOA’s, etc.

          Much of that are the reasons why some tiny homes have to be sold and not just because someone misjudged what they actually needed… Along with other reasons like some people simply have life changing events happen to them like getting sick or injured and needing to sell the house to pay the medical bills… Or having a family member who needs help… among many other reasons…

          While some who misjudged actually go smaller… For example, a fireman in California had a 28′ tiny house and while he did manage to escape the fire, he found it too close for comfort. So sold it and then built a even smaller home that would be even easier to move when the next fire struck… For many minimalism is more a journey than a end goal and they don’t have to mess up to have reason for change…

          I know it can be frustrating to have your opinion and deeply held beliefs challenged but can you truly say there’s no reason to?… and that the conversation isn’t actually getting better by doing so?…

      • Pat November 20, 2018, 11:21 am

        James,
        Your excellent points are well made, and I agree with you. I apologize for seeming judgmental. My simple hope is that people get a house that they can afford (without a mortgage or not much of one), that they can live in for many years if that is truly their desire, and that they can sell without taking a huge loss if they decide to do so. I still hope to see smaller one floor, affordable houses for us elders and folks like Angela become readily available.
        Thank you for the discussion. Best wishes. Pat

        • James D. November 20, 2018, 2:58 pm

          I thank you for the discussion as well Pat, it has helped me better express what I was trying to get across and rethink how I should express it.

          I agree wholeheartedly on that hope and believe spreading acceptance of diversity is key to opening up opportunities to all.

          Since opinions help shape policy and policy determines what is allowed from what’s forbidden… as well as influence whether people work together for a common goal or work against each other…

          The mixed reaction to the Jay Shaffer article, for example, highlights how it is presently so hard to have a wide acceptance of alternatives even if it’s only to meet temporary needs and it’s such attitudes that pressure people to think they have to have solutions that cost more.

          If this wasn’t the case then we could have far more communities that work together to help reduce all costs, reduce and even eliminate most waste, and help those of us with even the most limited of options to have more choices…

    • Alex November 15, 2018, 11:51 am

      Hi Jane, sorry to have peeved you with the price tag on this one. I know… It’s WAY up there. I just thought it was fun to look at without considering buying it.

      • Alex November 15, 2018, 11:59 am

        I’ll start spending more time finding better stories/examples of affordable tiny homes.

        • Pat November 15, 2018, 1:15 pm

          Alex, you do a wonderful job and provide an awesome service for all of us out here in the tiny house world. Please don’t think you have to spend even more time digging around for more homes. And please don’t take the comments personally. You do a great job in providing a variety of houses. Just like Baskin Robbins and its 31 flavors, different strokes for different folks. Carry on, and we will follow.

  • Sheila Plourde November 14, 2018, 9:08 pm

    I do love this! Inside and out. I collect dolls, Beanie Babies. 63 with a mind of a teen. 😉 Am crazy. This is mind blowing. 3 in a row tonight.

    • Alex November 15, 2018, 11:48 am

      Don’t ever ‘grow up’!

  • D. Pedersen November 15, 2018, 2:54 am

    Nope. Does not do it for me. This is a teenage bedroom with something that looks like a kitchen and a bathroom. And the price is not exactly fitting for such a small house. It is not even good craftsmanship. One can see tables saw cut marks on the ends of boards. And the paintwork leaves a lot to be desired – it is very uneven. Even cheap particleboards have been used – which is asking for a mold “infection”. One would expect much better materials and better craftsmanship for that kind of money. So not worth the high price tag.

    • Alex November 15, 2018, 11:54 am
    • Jan Cheves November 23, 2018, 11:36 am

      D, thank you for your comments. However, regarding the craftsmanship and quality of materials, I’d like a chance to respond. The only osb used in the house was in the outside utility box, and even there, we used a solid plywood roof and insulation in the walls of it. That was at the recommendation of a contractor, but in retrospect, we are not thrilled will osb and will not use it again in any area of a home we build. Inside the house, the materials are of excellent quality and I stand by their use: oak hardwood flooring throughout; sanded 3/4” plywood on the stairs, 3/4” tongue and groove pine wallboards, foam insulation in the walls and ceiling (professionally installed), LP Smartside siding and beadboard ceiling panels. We even used top of the line paints and stains. We were especially careful to go above and beyond with construction, at every opportunity. As you mentioned mold, please allow me to address this. Knowing that is a problem with many tiny homes, we took special precautions. The exterior includes 1/4” mortairvent rain screen over the house wrap and has big screen on the top and bottom. The exterior has been painted with theee coats for added protection, and the roof has solid plywood sheathing, taped seams, specialized primer and a final coat of Epdm liquid rubber; all in an effort to address the high risk of mold and water issues on a tiny house. On the inside, in addition to the quality products mentioned above, we also took additional construction steps. We have included a high-end Twinfresh comfo erv to ensure fresh air 24/7. And to make doubly certain there were no stale air problems or humidity issues, we added an exterior-vented fan in the bathroom. We also chose five of the seven windows to be operational, so they could be opened for fresh outside air. The bottom of the trailer was flashed, and we installed insulation and sill seal for solid protection on the bottom exterior.

      We probably should not have provided photos of the steps to the loft, as we had just completed those, and had not installed the trim and quarter-round. So I agree that a couple of those pictures are not ideal, and do not reflect the quality and care we took in construction. Can I also mention that even when attaching the walls to the trailer, we added Simpson strong ties to the studs attaching through the bottom plates and trailer? That was in addition to the bolts that were already built into the trailer for maximum strength.

      Regarding the quality of the paint job, I agree the photos do not look our best for the black wall. We have discussed adding another coat, although the remaining interior walls are very well-covered and have an excellent smoooth finish. We decided on a semi-gloss for the black wall as a design choice. Semi-gloss paint is unforgiving in its coverage and shows every imperfection. As that is the wall that receives a glare from the opposite wall of windows, it clearly impacted our paint job. I provide this info not as an excuse, but to address your comments. We are sensitive this fact, and have plans to address it, as it is important to us to do quality work.

      Regarding the price, yes, it is high. But this is not a typical tiny house. We intend it for a very special niche market of die-hard Harry Potter fans; and we have included high end building materials, as well as very special HP products. We spent 9 months on the build, and made quite a few of the products specifically for people who love the books. We never believed it would be a style that everyone would like. But please know that when you are commenting, you’re speaking to two real people who are doing their absolute best every day to ensure quality, and put out a nice special product.

      For the record, we are a mother/daughter team who live in small (850 and 750 sq ft) homes ourselves. This home may not specifically address the issues important to typical ‘tiny house’ fan in terms of pricing, environmental concerns or lifestyle. And those concerns are important to us, as well. We simply decided from a business perspective, it would be difficult for us to compete with other larger tiny house organizations. And more importantly, Within the last seven years, I lost my husband, my only sister, both of my older brothers, and my sister-in-law. In dealing with this grief, we just needed a new life, something fun, different and happy. That is a big part of why we decided on a fairly extreme fantasy-themed house. Thank you for considering the information in this response, with kindness and some understanding of the people behind the house.

  • Angela November 15, 2018, 2:17 pm

    I have to agree with Jane on many aspects of the tiny house movement. I look now as more of a “fan” type of thing, because as a disabled older person on a fixed income there is absolutely nothing here that I can realistically ever hope to afford, let alone have the land to place it on if I could somehow manage to get a tiny house.
    My big hope is in the tiny house “communities” that are starting to appear. Some of them are set up as alternatives and solutions to people who are struggling to find affordable housing. Here in Dallas there is a tiny house community built for and inhabited by some of the city’s formerly chronically homeless people. Each tiny contains a “living room” space with a couch, a bedroom with a twin bed and a bathroom. I don’t know if they have showers or not, but there is a communal kitchen/dining area and offices where supervisory and support staff can be found, and maybe bathrooms with shower facilities if the tiny homes don’t have them. There is also a laundry room. It seems to be working really well. The city says it has helped financially as these people used to cost them more when they were on the streets. They were in the Emergency Rooms of local hospitals more often, and they were in and out of jail all the time. Now they are getting help for their problems, and are compliant, they have to be to keep their homes.
    I am hoping other tiny home communities modeled on this basic idea will catch on for seniors and disabled people. There are many going into nursing homes that really don’t need that so much but have nowhere else to go and cannot afford an apartment or a house> That is too bad, because they decline in health upon entering these places, and they are very expensive to Medicare and Medicaid. I’ll bet tiny house communities for people like this would be less expensive in the long run and result in healthier, happier seniors!

    • James D. November 15, 2018, 7:56 pm

      Angela, there are actually a growing range of options. The problem has mainly been acceptance for reasons like NiMBY (Not in My Back Yard) and old stereotypes that induce bias towards anyone choosing a different way of life.

      But there are builders who specifically target more affordable options. They may not get the media coverage they should but they’re out there.

      Like Houses Built Tiny in Texas will essentially improvise, use reclaimed materials, and do what he needs to in order to get the cost of the home as low as possible and has done a complete THOW with elevator bed and other features for under $18K and isn’t limited to helping people just build THOWs…

      Another way is for builders to do more generic builds that can be more mass produced to reduce costs by using economy of scale. Andrew Bennett of Trekker Trailers has started an example with a new company he calls Core Housing, which can produce a 25′ SIPs constructed THOW for just $28K… which comes with a bedroom instead of a loft, kitchen and bath, and a small living space that’s all essentially move in ready like an apartment…

      Once more builders can get on mass production then we can see prices go even lower…

      There are also builders that offer compromises like offering just a shell that someone can finish themselves for much less than the cost of having it entirely done commercially… Or offering house kits that make DIY much easier and options like NOAH certification can help people make sure it meets the codes it needs to in order to be safe to live in and if need be legally towable on the highways…

      People have also found alternative means of funding and getting it done. There are charities that will build and give away a home to someone in need… There’s are ways to get sponsors to help fund a build if you can get enough public attention for it… If you have a compelling story people can even donate to help you with options like GoFundMe sites… There are those who freely help train those who want to learn how to build their own home… and even people who go around the country helping others to build their homes…

      While a benefit of more people who aren’t limited in their resources getting into tiny living is growing acceptance, helping to promote legal changes to allow people more choices, and influencing the market so we can have more companies like Ikea actually producing products designed for tiny living rather than doing a lot of work or paying a lot to have something custom built for the purpose…

      There will still be those who will be in situations that none of these options will work or be available in their area but that’s slowly changing as we gain more acceptance and people become more open to allowing alternatives like community living where costs can be shared, including the cost of land, and not all lumped on any single person to achieve it all… and as we get away from the idea that any one standard should be so strictly followed that we don’t allow for anything that may better suite someone else…

      Like allowing those who live in more temperate climates and don’t have to worry about things like extreme weather to opt for more basic and other alternative designed homes like using natural materials.

      Examples like an earthbag home can literally be dirt cheap and in a community people can help each other build those types of homes.

      There’s youtube channels of homestead families, like “mylittlehomestead,” who have built those kinds of homes for themselves… Among many other alternatives that shows homes can be built in many different ways…

      The media just has its narrow focus on the movement but fortunately, what’s being done is much bigger than what they’re covering…

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