tiny house with or without garage

Tiny and small houses typically lack attached garages. You park a car or truck outside, under some shelter or in a separate garage. Would you appreciate a fully attached, enclosed garage?

With garage:  There are some tiny house plans available with garages. Perfect Little House, for example, offers Salal Studio. From the outside, it looks like a full cottage and neatly encloses its studio and garage.

The Salal Studio features a 240 sq. ft.  upstairs studio with bath. Downstairs is a 338 sq. ft. garage and inside staircase. (Perfect Little House)

The Salal Studio features a 240 sq. ft. upstairs studio with bath. Downstairs is a 338 sq. ft. garage and inside staircase. (Perfect Little House)

Without garage:  Of course, tiny cottages are designed to maximize living space. Perfect Little House’s Woodland model offers curb appeal with its wrap-around porch. There’s space to sleep four people, cook, dine, bathe and hang out.

The Woodland has open-space living, two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. This popular home measures 950 sq. ft. (Perfect Little Home)

The Woodland has open-space living, two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. This popular home measures 950 sq. ft. (Perfect Little Home)

Garage theories:  Tiny house design and ethos likely drive down the demand for garages, and here are some reasons we’ve heard.

  • Seen as less green or sustainable design
  • Considered out-of-fashion these days
  • Takes up too much prime living space
  • Not worth spending money on garage

It’s possible that garages could become more desirable, depending on how tiny or small houses get used. If built as as secondary or rental unit, then a garage might be a nice extra lure for its occupants. In a single primary unit, the garage might be welcomed for extreme weather, safety reasons or storage.

We’re interested in learning more, from you.

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