The tiny house trend is looking pretty big these days. There are TV shows, including Tiny House Builders, Tiny House Hunter and Tiny House, Big Living. There are conferences around the country dedicated to building the wee spaces. And there are dozens of blogs chronicling people’s lives in their itty-bitty homes.
With all the fanfare, you might think that millions of people were living in tiny houses, but that’s probably not the case. The average size of a new house in the U.S. is 2,400 square feet, ten times the square footage of most tiny houses. For the great majority of people, tiny living just doesn’t fit with a full-sized life.
The advantage of a tiny home is cheaper, eco-friendly living, often in a beautiful place. But the disadvantages may take some getting used to. These little places typically require navigating steep loft stairs, cooking in kitchenettes with no ovens or freezers, and using bathrooms with composting toilets. “Just cover your business with sawdust,” one owner advises. Of course, that may not work for everybody.
Even so, plenty of people are intrigued by the possibilities of tiny home living. If you want to give it a try, consider renting one on your next vacation. There are dozens of tiny getaways listed on Airbnb and VRBO, popular vacation home rental sites. It can be hard to find them, though, since tiny homes aren’t listed separately. Google’s search engine solves that problem, finding tiny houses with ease on various rental sites. Just search for “tiny house” and the rental site’s name, and you’ll see plenty of options in the search results.
We found some interesting options using this approach. Click here for a closer look at seven tiny houses you can rent on you next vacation.