Long story short I am looking for all the information I can find about Tiny House living. I am a recently divorced man with grown kid out of the house and 44 years old. Currently I sit in a 1800 sq ft home and have been wondering for years why I have so much space. The house is sold and I am moving on. Having a rebirth of sorts and a reset this lifestyle appeals to me a lot.
Here is my plan. Get a really good used 30' goose neck trailer for the build or a new one if I have get it custom made which I know I can but how much $$?? This is the foundation though so I want it to be solid. Open floor plan with shed style roof for maximum height. Being 6'4" I don't think lofts are in my future. Although the thought of a sleeping area in the goose neck semi loft wouldn't be bad.
Anyway my plan is to get the trailer and have some professional carpenter friends come in and do all the framing and window installs, roofing etc and any internal systems I may need help running. But essentially make it all ready to live in ASAP and then once inside finalize my layout and build it out from there.
Being a single guy I am thinking if I go with a 30' with a 5' over the neck loft I will have plenty of room for myself and all my most cherished and well used belongings. If these families of 4 are living in 148 sq ft I think I can get by with over 240 plus a loft by myself lol. Oh and my design in my head has 2 separate 6'x8'x2.5' deep drop down flying attics. Where I intend to mount winches to lift them up until they hit the ceiling and become a decorative ceiling design with lights and everything. This will give me over 240 cubic feet more inside storage area right over my head and no require any other lofting design on the opposite end.
Anyway I am sure to be back with lots of questions. Great to find what appears to be an active forum. Not much out there right now in one site to get information. A solid forum is a MUST for this topic.
Dan James : I understand to interest you show for a gooseneck trailer and the whole package !My experience is that you can get a Airstream Trailer
for equivalent money and be a little surer of a quality Product, Usually A few year turn up on the market from various retirement communities,
especially in the deep south and southwest !
My personal experience which I have heard repeated as word of mouth, It is much easier to convince someone to let you park an Airstream that just
about any other kind of tow-behind !
As with any general assertion there are always special circumstances and Y.M.M.V. Good Luck, Happy Traveling ! Big AL
Success has a Thousand Fathers , Failure is an Orphan
Airstreams are great in that they are optimized for travel and they are very well constructed. They are not as spacious or flexible with modern appliances like many of the trailerable tiny houses that I have seen as they are shorter. I found decent sized Airstreams online for about as much or less than a tiny house build, but I have not seen one with "tiny house movement" innovations like the loft bed over a kitchen with ladder access.
Now, if you just want a regular small house (stationary) or trailerable house ideas there is a TV show that recently aired called Tiny House Nation you might be interested in.
And don't forget to give equal thought to Spartan Travel Trailers. There is a growing movement to find and restore these old beauties. ( Mine is a 1955 43 ft mansion !) Some folks have made them into pieces of art. Check them out!