If only… Tiny Houses for families.

Well, our house is still up for sale as we anticipate moving into the city. ¬†The housing market in Grand Rapids has been crazy this year. ¬†Nice, finished homes hit the market and are gone in less than a week. ¬†We’ve made attempts at offers on 3 houses, but with no success. ¬†At this point, we are waiting to sell our house before we make any more offers. ¬†In the meantime, I’ve thought about building. ¬†Well, I’ve thought about building for a long time, but this time I actually considered building.

Problem is… ¬†if I were to build, I would want to find a happy medium between the Tiny House movement (which seems to be a great option for warm climates and up to two people), and a standard house. ¬†We’ve all seen the tiny house links on our Facebook timeline. ¬†Many of them really are amazing, with so much utility in less than 500 square feet. ¬†But they are impractical for a family of 5, especially in a northern climate.

I wish… we could take some of the ingenuity from the Tiny House movement, and make small homes (around 1000 square feet) that could fit a family of 5 or 6. ¬†I would use most of the square footage for living area, and get really creative with lofts and fold down beds for the bedrooms. ¬†You should be able to build it incredibly energy efficient, and certainly less expensive than the more common 2000+ square foot houses being built today.

Unfortunately, I assume that the Tiny House movement gets a different set of building regulations – ¬†because they are on wheels. ¬†I’m guessing that local building code would mostly kill any attempt to really pull this off, or at the very least make it very difficult.

It sure would be cool though…