In the spirit of sound money, sound living within one's means and preparing accordingly, how many of you have considered a small house? The term "small house" is actually a specific genre of housing which are under 500 sq feet but some creep up into the 800+ range. There are also tiny and micro homes which are even smaller than small. Still with me?
It's a newer movement which I've followed since before I took the red pill and the products, ideas and complete homes have continued to improve over the past few years. Tiny home enthusiasts are a smart, resourceful, determined and excited bunch trying to escape the modern paradigm. Sound familiar? This movement started about the same time as the housing bubble was fully baked. They knew something was amiss but so few of us drill it down to the core. Tiny house enthusiasts understand a 30-year death pledge is way too much life to spend for shelter. The true price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
While under 500 sq ft is a bit too small for me, I get a lot of great ideas from these people. Some of the small house manufacturers build homes up to 1200 sq ft so there is something for most everyone. I won't post the individual blogs I have read, but there are some great ones out there which chronicle the experience of building and living in one. Some of these houses are actually built on small trailer beds so they can be portable and stay under building code radar yet they are complete stick framed modern houses only smaller, a lot smaller.
So if you're really looking to take it to the next level or abhor the thought of being tied to a mortgage, I hope some of these links will provide you with the same inspiration they have for me. There is a philosophy with living in a tiny home, much like our shiny. I hope you check it out.
Here are a few links I have on this. Some of these are just too cool.
This is Jay Shafer. He is one of the pioneers of the "tiny house" movement. He owns Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.