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5 Things You Need to Know Before Building a Tiny House

5 Things You Need to Know Before Building a Tiny House
The tiny house movement of downsizing and living in small 100-400 square foot homes on wheels, has become especially popular over the past couple of years.
While television shows and the increased media coverage have made tiny homes famous, people know relatively little about what it actually takes to build one. If you’ve ever thought about building your own tiny house, then there are some things you need to know.

1. Set a budget from the start

A tiny house doesn’t have to be an expensive thing, but in order to avoid overspending, you’ll need to develop a strict budget from the very beginning. People have built tiny houses for just a few hundred dollars to as much as $40,000. If you don’t establish parameters, there’s no telling how much you could end up spending.

The best way to set a budget is by developing a master plan. Before starting, you should know exactly what your house will look like, which materials will be used, and how much material you’ll need. Then, you can do some research online and find out how much you think you’ll need to spend. Add in a 10-15 percent cushion and this is how much you should reasonably expect it to cost.

2. Know where the home will go

Never build a tiny house without first knowing where it’s going to end up. Just because it has wheels doesn’t mean you’ll want to move it across the country once it’s complete.

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Ideally, you should build the house in a location that’s close to a hardware store. You’ll quickly discover that multiple trips to the store on a daily basis are a regular occurrence.

3. Think about insurance

One thing that most people don’t realize is that tiny homes actually need to be covered by an insurance policy. “If you own a tiny house designed to be permanently installed on existing land, it should be covered by a home insurance policy,” Marie-Claude Dulac explains. However, if the home is on wheels, you’ll have to think about other options.

“If you think you’ll move your tiny house no more than once a year, then a stationary trailer insurance policy might be right for you,” Dulac says. “If you think you’ll move your tiny house more than once a year, then your insurer will likely suggest a travel trailer insurance policy.”

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4. Consider size and layout

Remember, you’re building a tiny house. Many people think they want a tiny house, but when they start planning, they keep coming up with many things they consider “must-haves.” Too many must-haves can make a tiny house impossible and counterproductive.

Instead of thinking about the tiny layout in terms of sacrificing conveniences, begin to look at the small spaces in light of what it will allow you to do. By switching your mindset, you’ll discover that tiny is certainly better.

5. Try before buying

Would you ever buy a new car without first test driving it to see what it’s like? No….that would be ridiculous! Why, then, would you build a tiny house without ever stepping foot in one?

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It’s important that you try it out before buying one. Spend a week in a tiny house to get a feel of what it’s like. There are lots of tiny houses available for rent, so pick one that is similar in size and layout to the one you hope to build.

The truth about tiny houses

Tiny houses are great. Unfortunately, they’re also over-sensationalized and glamorized on cable television. In real life, the process of planning and building doesn’t take place in a 30-minute vacuum. It takes a lot of forethought, careful budgeting, and meticulous execution.

Before embarking on the journey of building your very own tiny home, make sure you understand what the process is actually like. It can be highly rewarding, but you want to make sure you know what you’re getting into prior to starting the journey.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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