Compact Living

Compact living in the Tumbleweed by Platinum Cottages

“Tiny Living” isn’t the best way to describe spending time in the “Tiny Homes” we sell.  “Compact Living” is a much better description!

Lisa, the owner of Highland Lakes Tiny Homes and I live in one of the “Tiny Homes” that we sell. Tiny Homes have been generally defined as homes smaller than 500 Square Feet.  Our Platinum Cottage is 399 sq. ft. and we love it!  Why? Compact efficient living!

“Tiny Living” sounds cramped.  Our experience is not cramped or constrained.  In fact, we recently rented a large home (around 1800 sq. ft.) for a week.  We kept loosing things in all that space. Looking for a phone took WAY longer than in our compact Platinum Cottage.

When leaving the house… we would get to the front door, remember something we needed and walking to the back bedroom seemed to take forever!  And then, if we got to the car and remembered something else…. HOLY COW! … We felt like giving up on the effort to break away!

That experience birthed our new notion of “Compact Living.”  The truth about Platinum Cottages Park Model Homes is that there is nothing tiny about them. Our appliances don’t include a Betty Crocker Toy Oven heated by a light bulb or some tiny oven for a traditional RV. It’s a full size oven!

All the appliances are full size.  We have plenty of counter space.  Perfect amount of cabinet space.  A queen-sized bed with full sized night stands.  A full sized closet for each of us.  Plenty of drawer space…..

Get my point?  All the wasted space between these full sized items has been removed.  Less looking for stuff.  Less walking around.  Less vacuuming!  Less energy spent heating and cooling.  Less maintenance.  But full sized stuff!!!

We still have a full life and plenty of gear.  We have a utility shed.  A toy shed. A bike shed.  A tool shed.  We “went modular” as I like to say.  Everything has its place and its all well organized.  Again…. Minimal waste!

So in summary, I am proposing a shift in thinking about these Park Model Homes and the language used to describe the lifestyle.  Compact Living.  It’s not because you need to live tiny.  It’s because you WANT compact waste-free living!

Platinum Cottages Tiny Homes – Ideal for Aging Parents

Tiny Home Elder Care

Many visitors to Highland Lakes Tiny Homes realize that a Platinum Cottage is an ideal solution to a challenge most of us face.   How do we help our aging parents?  Moving them directly into our own homes isn’t often seen as the best next step.

Parents and grandparents eventually need to step away from complete independence and start to accept help and support from their family.  Locating a tiny home near family members satisfies the need for help and support.  Listed below are many of the reasons customers see Platinum Cottages as an ideal approach to bringing the family closer together:

  • While the parents can be located in a tiny home very near the family, they maintain their sense of independence
  • Having their own space keeps the parent from being right in the middle of the children’s business and affairs
  • Immediate access to grandchildren can enrich lives and relationships
  • Independent living apartments in elderly communities are expensive
  • Investing in an asset beats throwing money away on rent
  • In most situations, Platinum Cottages can be purchased and set up for less than $50,000
  • Smaller interior space makes sense for mobility-challenged elders
  • The bedroom in Platinum Cottages is on the ground level – not in a loft
  • Handicap customization is available – walk in showers with seats and handicap bars
  • Many aging parents do not want to possess and maintain a lot of “stuff”
  • The move to a small living space means making decisions about possessions earlier in their lives rather than waiting until the very end
  • When the parent moves on to the next phase of their life, the tiny home can
    • Become a guest house
    • House a child as they take steps toward independence
    • Provide rental income
    • Be sold and removed

The primary barrier mentioned by many customers relates to zoning and neighborhood restrictions forbidding tiny homes or Accessory Dwelling Units.  If you can consider adding a tiny home to your land or a nearby lot, consider yourself lucky!

Add to the comments below your own perspective on the Platinum Cottage solution for aging parents. Maybe you can think of another great reason for considering this fantastic alternative.

Jeff Lancaster’s epic journey to find his perfect tiny home

Jeff Lancaster Tiny Home Buyer

We are truly honored to have been at the end of Jeff Lancaster’s epic journey to find his tiny home.  Jeff may be the most diligent tiny home researcher we’ve ever encountered.

Jeff is from Durango Colorado and is currently working on assignment in Houston for 2 years. The family is excited to move back to Durango in September but not as excited as the grandparents, however, who want to “seal the deal” to be back with their grandkids by offering the family a 10-acre piece of land near Durango.

Jeff and his wife looked at Tiny homes but almost decided against them. His friend even has a successful tiny home business in Durango but the price to size ratio wasn’t right for the family (too small for the high prices). Jeff is an industrial equipment salesman and in all his travels he has seen a LOT OF TINY HOMES.

He wasn’t seeing what he wanted… until he saw the Lakeview model by Platinum Cottages. Finally, the quality was there. But the prices he saw were still too high. Doggedly determined, he went down the list of every Platinum Cottage dealer searching for the Lakeview with a front porch added as an upgrade.

We, at Highland Lakes Tiny Homes, had JUST completed our website, therefore, there was no link with our name on the list of dealers. So Jeff didn’t see us. Did that stop Jeff? NO! Jeff googled until he finally found his home for the price he wanted from us here at Highland Lakes Tiny Homes.

The low price allowed Jeff to have the home transported over 800 miles from Kingsland, Texas to Durango, Colorado. We learned so much from Jeff’s story and wish all the best for Jeff and his family

Top ten reasons I love my tiny home

Top 10 reasons I love my tiny home

  • NO big fat mortgage – average price is $48,000 – cost of a new car
  • Spend less money on stuff
  • More leisure time and money for travel
  • Clean the house in less than 30 minutes
  • Spend more time outdoors enjoying nature
  • Mentally freed up – less worry about “stuff”
  • Low utility bills
  • My cat loves it
  • No long looming list of house projects!
  • Quality, style and luxury of my Platinum Cottage

Lisa Morgan