Another advantage of these compact units is that they're cheaper to buy and less costly in the long run in terms of monthly expenses while also paving the way to a more intentional, less cluttered lifestyle. Depending on the layout, they can accommodate anyone from a single traveler to an entire family, but the biggest compromise will always be, without fail, in terms of space.
Most tinies have no standing height in the lofted bedrooms, no doors except to the bathroom, and little room to move around without bumping into a piece of furniture or that family member you just had a fight with. Space and privacy are among the first two things you have to forget when you consider moving into a tiny.
Dallas-based Indigo River Tiny Homes promises "minimalist living [but] maximum comfort," with a range of models of different sizes that each buyer can then customize to their liking. They do smaller dual-axle homes but also oversize park models like the Dream Weaver, a spectacular mobile home that rivals brick-and-mortar counterparts, especially in the way in which it's able to do away with most of the downsides of tiny living.
The Dream Weaver is a fully custom unit based on the company's popular Pioneer gooseneck model, completed in late 2023. It's massive compared to tinies from countries like France, the UK, or Australia and features a gooseneck that holds a living room with standing height. It's also rigged for complete autonomy from the grid and has doors to every room except for the suspended living.
In total, it has 333 square feet (31 square meters) of living space and finishes that could accommodate four people in absolute comfort. As it is, though, the living room in the gooseneck is designed as a lounge slash home office slash guest room.
Entrance is done directly into the kitchen, which features heaps of storage options and features you're more likely to find in a standard home, including a dishwasher, toe-kick drawers, and a fridge and freezer combo with a filtered water dispenser. Another feature more common to standard homes is the ground-floor master bedroom with a privacy door, a double wardrobe, bedside cubbies, and storage under the queen-size bed.
The Dream Weaver borrows several tricks from the RV industry to offer a heightened degree of comfort, and, no, we're not talking just about that RV leather sofa – though it's quite awesome. It comes with an automatic awning, fold-down furniture that tucks away neatly when not needed and off-grid capability. The bed in the master bedroom, for instance, hides two 100-gallon (378.5-liter) freshwater tanks underneath, taking up half of that storage space.
There's also a rain catchment system in place, but the owners were yet to install water filtration when the video tour below was filmed. With full autonomy in mind, the roof of Dream Weaver has solar panels, while a 20kWh battery pack and 4 Vectron inverters are stowed in a "secret" storage room next to the living area.
Another caveat is that this kind of comfort and unprecedented features come at a cost, in the most literal sense. The Dream Weaver is a fully custom unit, so the builder doesn't put an exact figure on it, but a similar unit can go as high as $150,000. There's always some compromise to be made.