The more you find out about the tiny house lifestyle, the more questions you have. What you need is one reliable place to get basic answers. Then, if you need more info, links to sources you can trust. Our Tiny House Guide has both.
We had a blast researching everything about tiny houses—from why people choose the lifestyle to the miraculous tricks for hiding storage in tiny house stairs. So whether you are looking to go tiny right away, or are just planning for a retirement cottage in the mountains, you’ll find a place to get started.
Wherever your tiny house journey leads you, this guide has the info you need to keep moving forward.
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Tiny House Guide: Dreaming & Planning
Are you sure you’re ready to live in less than 400 square feet? It’s an adjustment for all tiny house converts. We suggest strategies to help you thrive.
What’s your dream house look like? Tiny houses tend to come in a few common styles. See what your options are.
The biggest question of all: How’s everything going to fit? Tiny house builders have lots of tricks for maximizing space, we show you how they do it.
What bathroom amenities are non-negotiable? It’s okay to say “all of them”. We’ll explain the trade-offs—and the importance of ventilation.
Are you a eat-to-survive person or a dinner party fan? Be honest with yourself, then see how to design a kitchen that will work for your lifestyle.
Want more guidance? We recommend the best books for potential tiny house owners.
What will you have to do to make your house fit into your budget? We break down the costs and give money-saving suggestions.
Tiny House Guide: Buying & Building
Ready to go? Start here, DIYer, to understand the basics of tiny house construction.
Want to build from the ground up? You don’t have to start from scratch. See our picks for the best, most useful tiny house plans.
Could assembling your house from a kit keep you under budget? Learn the difference between kits and shells, and see who sells them.
Who are the nation’s best tiny home builders; and who are the best near you? See our picks, plus a list that shows builders near you.
Want to go tiny ASAP? See your options for buying a tiny home and our picks for the best models on the market.