By Janine Strachan – Tiny House Solutions
You might be thinking of tiny house living but not sure where to start. Well, I hope the following gives you some things to consider and provides some guidance.
Start by identifying what the place you are looking for can offer you at the site level and the surroundings. Keep in mind the following points: access to water on properties with water supply, or placement of a water tank that can be filled by a water carter, access to grid power or solar access for the placement of solar panels, vehicle access into the site with a tiny, a site that can be levelled for the tiny, opportunity for veggie patches, disposal of wastewater and compost and whether you can offer any assistance around the property, time frame for the occupation of land and whether you will use the tiny for permanent occupation.
When you have created your wishlist then you could start looking for a suitable site. You may wish to contact councils in your preferred areas to gauge their level of support. Create a postcard with your contact details and what you are looking for yourself and a parking place for your tiny and maybe a picture of your tiny. Let the Council know that you are open to answering any questions or pre-empt some and put these on the other side. Keep them handy and place them in letterboxes of appealing properties. or maybe in the window of some general stores.
I hope these points can assist you in your freedom journey.
About the Author
Janine Strachan is the Director of Green Design Solutions and Tiny House Solutions that offers Build Your Own tiny house kits, and teaches sustainable housing at RMIT. Janine holds qualifications in Environmental Planning and Building Construction. Janine has held Senior Management roles in the Housing Industry Association as General Manager GreenSmart and Executive Director in Building Technology and compliant building products. Janine sees tiny houses as a housing option for those unable to get a foothold into the current housing market or for those seeking an alternative housing model regardless of their drivers for doing so.