Tiny living, or minimalist living as some refer to it, is all the craze right now. I, myself, am in love with the idea of being able to take my home along with me everywhere I go. To be able to pick-up everything and move, sounds like the perfect forever home. But is this a possibility for service members and their families?
Tiny homes on wheels are not necessarily a new concept. If you’ve been on a road trip in a RV, you’ve experienced the minimalist lifestyle, regardless of the length of the trip. However, so-called minimalists are taking RV-styled homes, adding space and putting their entire life into such a small area. It seems the tiny home movement is becoming a social movement. People are downsizing, simplifying and living with less. It seems natural for military members to want the freedom and benefits of tiny living.
Everyone dreads moving day. When it’s time to PCS, you put all of your necessities aside while movers pack the rest of your belongings. You travel to your new duty station and then you wait… and finally, after what seems like a lifetime, your household goods finally arrive! And don’t forget about finding lodging while looking for a new home or waiting for on-post housing to become available. This can become a great burden. If you have a tiny home, you would only have to travel; ridding yourself of packing and preventing yourself from forgetting necessary items and completing the ever cumbersome list of broken and missing items from the move.
Homes from 12 to 24 feet or more can be found on roads across America. Recently, I learned of a village of tiny homes for veterans taking a bite out of veteran homelessness. While these homes range from 100-150 sq. ft., tiny homes come as big as 800 sq. ft. – although that really wouldn’t be tiny living. Each state has specifications on the size of livable dwellings. The information is easily found online. The amount of residents in a tiny home can range from 1 to 5 – sometimes more, dependent upon space. You can decide to purchase land or rent lots in places such as Pointes West Army Resort. Although you can live in different areas with connectors for water, gas and space to dump waste, you can also choose to live totally off the grid with solar panels, gas and a portable or incinerating toilet. You have the option of designing your tiny home from the ground up. The possibilities are endless.
While you don’t have to plan to stay in a tiny home for the duration of your next duty station, there are options for storing and bringing in some extra cash until it’s time to use again. If you buy a home with land, you can place the tiny home next to you for visitors. Another option is utilizing the tiny home as an AirB-n-B or renting it out the old fashioned way! If none of these options work for you, no worries. You can always store your tiny home in long-term parking such as space available at Gordon Car Care.
Read more on the Pros and Cons of Tiny Living at www.fortgordon.com/military-tiny-homes