Anyone that goes through the process of building their own home will know how much red tape, hoop jumping, paper shuffling, form filling and bureaucratic meddling one has to put up with in today’s modern era of housing construction. Most of it is peripheral to the actual building process itself and irrelevant. It’s also enough to scare most people away and unfortunately this is exactly the unseen unintended consequence.
I’m too young to talk about the good old days, but like almost nearly everything else, I’m sure back in the day it was less about approvals and more about building a home for yourself.
In today’s environment, the myriad of legislation, rules, regulations and codes that govern the building of a home is truly astounding.
To give you an example, I currently reside in Queensland, Australia. If I wanted to build a standard 3 Bed 2 Bath single storey home on a piece of vacant land I need to comply with the following –
- Sustainable Planning Act
- Sustainable Planning Regulation
- Planning Scheme
- Planning Scheme Code(s)
- Building Code of Australia
- Australian Standard(s)
- Queensland Development Code
- Council Planning Policies
- State Planning Policies
- Other Miscellaneous Reports required by the above which could easily number in the double digits
Note the plural in some of the above dot points, emphasis mine.
I haven’t even talked about what a developer has to go through to make that piece of vacant land available for you to buy!
All the above adds cost and by the way I also haven’t gone through the myriad of professionals you would have to engage to help make sure you comply with the above. It’s no wonder this country is facing a housing affordability crisis, now that’s not to say this is the only factor or the primary factor in pushing up prices, but it’s an important one. Restrictive planning regulations and release of Greenfield land is another, the fiat money system is another… but I digress…
Anyway this site is about solutions, so how should my frugal brethren provide shelter for themselves in accordance with their frugal sensitivities?
The answer… build a Tiny House on a Trailer! J
Ain’t it grand! I’ll let your imagination interact with the picture you see and hopefully the pin should drop… right about now.
The importance of building it on a trailer is crucial, if you build and fix it to the ground you are technically building a structure which can trigger all sorts of planning and building requirements. If you build it on a trailer that is registered for the road it automatically becomes a caravan… but you and I know it’s more than a caravan it’s a Tiny House J
Building and living in a Tiny House is very much in accordance with my frugal sensitivities and it obviously ticks all my boxes – It saves me time, money and space.
Now admittedly I don’t live in one, but this is very much a goal in my life. Right now I’ve just moved to Queensland where I have started my new job, I’m still getting my bearings in this great place, but once I’ve settled in and when my rental period expires, building and living in a tiny house will be next.
If you are thinking of the same and live around my area, make sure to leave a comment. Two minds are better then one!
For more info on Tiny House’s and what people are doing with this concept check out the Tiny House Blog and Tumbleweed Homes.