There is a lot of discussion about scaling down to smaller housing, but little of it is realistic in terms of a viable size for long-term, permanent living. In addition, most of the “romantic” options appear to be legally too small for permanent living.
Here are some dimensions to think about.
|Housing Type||Average Dimensions||Square meters||Average price|
|Tiny House||Note that these cannot be lived in permanently as they are below the legal minimum size. There would need to be three or four together with some inside/outside space to comprise a legal dwelling in most places.
The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 2.4 by 6.1 m, with liveable space totalling 11 m2 or less.
|11m2||Per tiny house $30,000|
|Container house|| Note that these cannot be lived in permanently as they are below the legal minimum size. There would need to be three together to comprise a legal dwelling.
|Containers come in two sizes, 6 and 12 metres approx. Houses are normally built using the 6 metre length and where more space is required, two or more are used.
External Length: | 6.06m Width: | 2.44m
|13.3 Square Meters||Per container
|Domes||Note that none of these can be lived in permanently as they are below the legal minimum size. There would need to be two or more together.||7.0m² to 33.0m²||$16,500 to $57,700 + GST|
|Yurts||The largest of these would be a legal permanent dwelling. The remainder are not. As with the other small prefabs, you would need two or more of the smaller sizes.
|12.0m² to 58.0m²||Variable depending on company, but not cheap.|
|Studio apartment, bed sitter
1 br house
|Studio apartments are frequently converted motel rooms.
For images of what these look like check out the low cost housing ads in your area.
|This document gives the legal minimum for accommodation types.
These can be highly variable between jurisdictions, but it appears much accommodation that is being let as being permanent is below the legal minimum sizes.
|Minimum size 35 m2||$185 – 250.00 per week|