My home sits on an 8×20 skid, which is seated on my parent’s driveway. Propped up with various kinds of bricks.
It can still be moved from this foundation to the next. It’s also significantly less expensive.
What kind of freedom are you looking for?
First and foremost: I wanted to live in a tiny house because it is CUTE and FUN. The financial benefits were an added bonus. I just happen to stumble into this solution that set me free from the traditional adulthood path that lands you deeply in debt or leaves you with nothing.
It’s like an apartment, only I own it. I get to keep it forever.
This financial freedom means I am not losing all my income to a house. I can use it to travel, start my own business, further my education, rent a bouncy castle. Whatever life hands me.
Many tiny house owners choose trailers because they are looking for a different kind of freedom. They are breaking free from being tied down to one location. They want the option to move their home wherever the wind takes them.
That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom. — Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
How often will you move it?
Trailers are expensive. I knew early-on if I was going to build a tiny home I wouldn’t want to move it any more than absolutely necessary.
It would be much less expensive to hire a moving company (with the added bonus of insurance) to move it those few times.
What does the law say?
Trailers are also a great option if you need to skirt some housing regulations. Many neighborhoods have restrictions about what you can park in your driveway or build in your yard.
I’m not an expert here. Check out this article on HuffPost.
I was very fortunate. I am just outside a big city. The rules are very relaxed.
My parents were more than happy to let me rent space on the driveway. It was extra income for them, and a safe, convenient option for me. My home is classified as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (AUD).