Tiny homes have become a modest and realistic alternative for many people who don’t want to jump onto the mortgage bandwagon and spend the rest of their lives working simply to pay off a square box.
A tiny home is a sustainable way of evaluating and rethinking the way we live together with our environment. Tiny homes require much less energy to heat and power, and fewer resources to build. Most of the materials can be sourced and reused from stuff that has been thrown out or taken to the tip. Furthermore, a tiny home is a small living space, which can be managed well into your golden years.
After living in a van for several months, as well as in a cosy little camping tent, we know that we prefer living in a small space (20 sqm) compared to a large home (160 sqm).
This page summarises the journey we’ve been on to find a tiny home both in a land and home sense. Our desire to find land - which is currently unaffordable in Australia without taking out a massive loan - led us to think of alternatives, such as renting or bartering the use of a small piece of someone’s property in exchange for an agreed service.
This philosophy has seen us go through a wide range of experiences, from housesitting, WWOOFing, and back to renting for a short stint. Fortunately, we’ve now found a place where we can stay in exchange for our help and assistance. It’s proven to us that if you have an idea in mind and you’re set on achieving it, you’ll always find a way or a person who is on the same wavelength.
By not buying land and spending all our time working to pay off a loan, we can ultimately spend more quality time looking after and caring for the land we live on and the people, animals and wildlife we share it with. No doubt a win-win for everyone involved. It also keeps alive the very important concept of community, a valuable commodity in our day and age, and something well worth preserving.