First off, let me explain that a shouse is a shed or outbuilding that has been converted into a house or living space. From here on out I shall distinguish between a tiny house as a house on wheels and a shouse as a shed converted into a house. Here is why I think in my homesteading situation a shouse would be a wiser choice. Let us compare the two:
- My shouse will be
12' x 30' or 360 sq. ft12' x 36' or 432 sq. ft. plus the loft space of 120 sq. ft. A tiny house is 130 to 204 sq. ft.
- A shouse allows for a full size bathroom and a washer/dryer. A tiny house does not.
- A shouse will allow me to can (preserve food) and put by. A tiny house has more limitation with regards to stocking up and cooking.
- A shouse will allow me to keep my freezer. I could not fit a freezer in my tiny house.
- The shouse will have a loft that is 12' x 10' with enough headroom to put a long dresser on one side. A tiny house loft has only enough space for the mattress.
- The shouse can have a small staircase. The tiny house has a ladder or a staircase, but the staircase takes up valuable space.
- I can install a more user-friendly closet in the shouse.
- I can use regular, full-size furniture in the shouse.
- I can continue to sew using both my machines at the same time in a shouse. There is not enough room for my sewing machines in the tiny house.
- The dog and cat will have more space in the shouse than in the tiny house. I can install a doggy door as well.
- The cost for the shell of the shouse (not including electric wiring, plumbing, insulation, and wall board) is the cost of just the trailer for the tiny house.
- Windows can be installed where ever I want them in the shouse.'
- I can insulate the shouse just as effectively as the tiny house and still use my electric fireplace to heat the place.
- I can install an a/c unit in the shouse.
- Like the tiny house, I can build the shouse on skids so that the building can be moved later if I so desire. If I don't like where I set it up at first, I will just have it moved to where I desire it.
So, I do believe that I have made a decision to go with the shouse. You will see that the information I provide in this blog is still related to tiny house living, as a shouse is not a mansion and the two are not mutually exclusive, but you will also note that this blog is really focused not only on living in a small footprint, but about living a more sustainable life.
What do you think of 360 square feet? Does this seem too small still or is this more reasonable in size for you?