If you’re interested in living in the mountains, there is a lot of opportunity from Boulder to Granby to Winter Park and everywhere in between.
If, however, you want to scale down your square footage as well as your carbon footprint, a tiny house might be the right fit.
It’s all about planning, so break down the considerations into two categories: mountain living and tiny house living.
Sewage and water are important considerations. Without a well, water can be tricky to access.
Consider a rain barrel system or, if available, hooking into another homeowner’s well.
A commercial composting toilet or a DIY human waste composter are both viable alternatives to a septic system, while a greywater system lets you recycle sink, shower and laundry water.
Power and heat must be considered, too. Preexisting homes generally have these things worked out. Not so if you’re building new.
Consider getting off the power grid and using solar energy – passive and/or active. A small wind or water-powered turbine are two other ways to generate electricity.
Since you’re consuming less, you don’t need the grid.
As for heat, what about a wood-burning stove? It’s carbon neutral and efficient, especially in a tiny house.
Another major consideration is access. Are the roads you need to get to and from home plowed in the wintertime?
You don’t want to end up needing a Sno-Cat to get in and out. How far are you from civilization, i.e. stores, a hospital, schools, etc.?
Other things to think about include the land itself. If you’re buying acreage, are there any land covenants to consider?
Do you have water rights? And how do you feel about wildlife? In the mountains there are critters, so be prepared.
Tiny House Life
A tiny house is a great way to cut all-around costs and to reduce resource consumption.
They are generally built by hand from green and/or recycled materials. In many cases they are portable and can be towed like a trailer.
Who will live there? If it’s just you, you have no one else to consider. Not so with a spouse and/or family. Are you prepared to give up 2,000 sq. ft. and live with a few hundred?
Because of its size, a tiny house is an affordable path to home ownership. Its low cost can also free up money to spend on the land – a commodity you’ll need less of because your home is so tiny.
First, find a realtor and start talking. Scope out areas, ask questions and remember to tend to the little things – the big things will take care of themselves.
If you are looking to buy a home in the Boulder or Denver area and are interested in learning more about Boulder, Denver or Broomfield Colorado real estate, please contact Brian MacMillan at http://denverandboulderrealestate.com
Written by Brian MacMillan for Tiny House Talk
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