Could You Live in a Tiny Home? Rent This One and Find Out!
This 185-square-foot Tiny House is beautiful, modern, and eco-friendly. It comfortably sleeps 3 adults (with capacity for 4), has full kitchen and bathroom amenities, and is only 3 miles from downtown Nashville.
The Tiny has everything you'd want in a home away from home: full kitchen, bathroom, living room, heat/air, hot water, queen-size bed, desk, USB outlets, wifi, and smart TV with Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. (Yes. That means you can finish that TV show marathon you started last weekend...)
The kitchen is fully-stocked, so you can do as much cooking as you want or need: two-burner cooktop, toaster oven, refrigerator, and (most importantly), coffee maker.
The bathroom may be small (think cruise-ship restroom), but it's got a rainshower, sink, and waterless, composting toilet.
The loft area has a queen-size mattress and the living room couch folds out into a full-size bed to sleep an additional 1 (comfortably) or 2 (cozily).
The Tiny also has a beautiful deck, with comfortable patio furniture and a fire pit.
And of course there's WiFi. Because... 2015.
This increase in popularity of tiny houses, and particularly the rapid increase in the number of both amateur and professional builders, has led to concerns regarding safety among tiny house professionals. In 2013, an Alliance of tiny house builders was formed to promote ethical business practices and offer guidelines for construction of tiny houses on wheels. This effort was carried on in 2015 by the American Tiny House Association. In 2015, the nonprofit American Tiny House Association was formed to promote the tiny house as a viable, formally acceptable dwelling option and to work with local government agencies to discuss zoning and coding regulations that can reduce the obstacles to tiny living.
One of the biggest obstacles to growth of the tiny house movement is the difficulty in finding a place to live in one. Zoning regulations typically specify minimum square footage for new construction on a foundation, and for tiny houses on wheels, parking on one's own land may be prohibited by local regulations against "camping." In addition, RV parks do not always welcome tiny houses. DIYers may be turned away, as many RV parks require RVs be manufactured by a member of the Recreational Vehicle Industry
If you're building or buying your own tiny house on wheels and plan on getting it registered as an RV with your state, then research the DMV regulations ahead of time. In most states, a self-built RV will need to be inspected before the DMV will issue a license plate. Have detailed plans drawn up and take photos at each step of building, so that you can show electrical and plumbing work without having to cut into the walls at the DMV! Some folks avoid this step by purchasing a flat bed trailer manufactured by a company that provides a Vehicle Identification Number. They register the trailer but then don't go the extra step of re-registering it as an RV when finished building the tiny house. This isn't strictly legal, as many states charge fees based on weight or re-sale value. If you're planning to live remotely off-grid, you might consider it, but if you want to stay in an RV park or obtain RV insurance, you'll want to make the extra effort and get your tiny house registered as an RV.
RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association):
If you purchase a finished tiny house from a builder, he or she should provide you with a Vehicle Identification Number and a title so that you can register your tiny house. The DMV will still likely need to inspect it. If your builder is a member of the RVIA, your tiny house should have a RVIA decal. This will make it easier to be accepted by RV parks and obtain RV insurance, but is not essential.
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