Since the downturn in the economy, the topics of mortgages and property prices are debated everywhere, in the newspaper papers, the watercooler, even your neighborhood coffee shop. From graduates starting out in their first job, saddled with college debt, to young couples looking to start a family, the prospect of owning their own home nowadays can seem like an elusive dream.
However, away from the property-market mainstream of overpriced condos or suburban three-beds, some people are getting creative. Whether you’re looking for a full-time abode or a holiday bolt hole these tiny dwellings might just suit your living requirements and your budget. All you need is a plot of land and you’re good to go. And yes, the lack of space may be a challenge, but who can resist a hobbit cottage in the woods or a floating cabin?
Floating Tiny House
Foy and Louisa Brown from Maine use this 240-square-foot cabin as a summer escape.
The foundations were built onshore and towed out to sea where the cottage was assembled.
Water is fetched each day by canoe and the lighting runs on solar energy.
Steve Areen built this mango-colored house in Thailand in six weeks.
The entire house and its furnishings cost just $9,000.
The house contains a lounge, a hammock and a pond.
This 336-square-foot cabin was custom-built on 24 acres in Texas.
The wooden house has its own lake and wooden pier.
Inside is a living area, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms in the loft.
This one-bedroom cottage was built after Chicago’s Great Fire of 1871.
The tiny dwelling surrounded by a white picket fence sits between large stone buildings.
More of these cottages exist, but they have been visibly altered by renovations.
This woodland house in Wales was constructed in four months.
Photographer Simon Dale spent just $5,000 on the hobbit-inspired project.
Eco-friendly features include scrap wood floors, a compost toilet, solar panels and spring water.
Gypsy Wagon House
Rachel Ross built this fairytale house from recycled materials.
She spent less than $8,000 on the writer’s retreat in a Canadian cedar forest.
The 160-square-foot house on wheels can be moved by truck or tractor.