We had another tiny home edition of House Hunters. Confession: We find the tiny homes episodes some of the most fascinating ones. It’s just so interesting to see how fancy they can make mobile homes. On this episode, Bonnie brings her adult daughter Emma along to help her find a tiny home in North Carolina
Bonnie is working with a $125,000 budget, and only has a few demands.
Hers: Bonnie wants a mountain view, to live as close to her daughter in Asheville, NC as possible, and a place that has a country feel. Ideally, she wants her tiny home to have at least 400 sq ft with an open concept layout. She needs a first floor bedroom, a stainless steel kitchen with full size appliances, and a light wood design.
House #1, $69,000
The first tiny home is only about 266 sq ft. It feels very compact but the high ceilings makes it feel a little more spacious. It doesn’t have full size appliances, barely any in fact, but it does include a convection oven.
The bedroom area is very small, so they can’t fit a full size bed there, but the home has a floating bed that comes down into the dining area. There would barely be any room for Emma to stay. This home fits the true definition of a tiny home.
House #2, $87,900
This home has a rustic feel with the porch and cabin look. It’s 399 sq ft. It has wheels so it can be moved to a different area, but it’s already built into a community of tiny homeowners.
For renting space and access to the ammenties, it would cost an additional $525 a month. It has a electric fireplace and plenty of space for Bonnie’s trinkets and antiques. It has full size appliances, and a little more space than the other one. However, fitting Emma in some place would be hard.
House #3, $145,000
It was on an acre of land, which would become Bonnie’s if she buys it. The view was just gorgeous, a perfect picture of nature life. The inside felt way more like a regular home than a tiny one. It was about 518 sq ft. The home was located an hour from Asheville, but not too far from another city, Barnesville, NC.
This tiny home had almost everything on Bonnie’s wish list, light wood fixtures, full size appliances, enough room for Emma to stay, and a washer/dryer unit.
Decision Time: We knew House #1 was out of the running. It just didn’t have much to it. To us, House #2 seemed like the most practical choice. It was under budget, in a nice community, and big enough for Bonnie to live comfortably with her animals. We loved House #3, but it was way over budget and felt more like a regular home than a tiny one.In the end, she picked…House #3.
Bonnie’s real estate agent, Stephanie, managed to talk the price down from $145,000 to $134,800, an impressive accomplishment.