The tiny house movement is a housing trend that has gained in popularity recently. You may be wondering what this trend is all about. If so read on…
Since the 1950s average home sizes have steadily grown until recently when the trend has slowed down. In 1950 983 square feet was the average size of a single-family home in America. Today that number has more than doubled to about 2,500 square feet. Large luxury homes, or McMansions as they were dubbed, became the norm for a period of time. But about 10 years ago another trend began gathering steam in America – the tiny house movement.
How It All Started
The tiny house movement, or small-house movement, emerged as a response to consumerism and materialism. Though small house movement in various forms can be traced back probably to the early days of humanity, the most recent iteration started more recently. Tiny house enthusiasts began espousing a better way of life can be achieved through living more simply in smaller, more minimal spaces. In the 90’s tiny house design and construction companies began popping up. Supporters wrote books, started blogs, and began spreading the word about this lifestyle. These days there are companies galore involved in the movement and even several TV shows and YouTube channels dedicated to it.
Tiny House Tenants
But what exactly is considered a tiny or small house? Any house under 1,000 square feet can be classified as a small house, Tiny houses are generally under 500 square feet. But the size of the house isn’t the only thing that makes it part of the tiny house movement, it’s a lifestyle. Tiny life, another way it is sometimes referred too, includes not just downsizing but also simplifying. The tiny living lifestyle encompasses life simplification, environmental consciousness, sound financial choices, self-sufficiency and a dash of adventure.
The small footprint of these homes encourages minimalism in possessions (not much room to store a lot!) as well as thoughtful and well-planned design to maximize the use of the space. This thought process leads to the life simplification aspect of tiny living. Because many tiny homes are built on trailers and can be transported relatively easily (hello adventures) they are usually made to be at least somewhat self-sufficient. Many either include self-contained access to water and power or they need limited hookups like to a septic system.
Another big aspect of the tiny house movement is financial – tiny homes require significantly less investment than a traditional home.
Why Buy Tiny?
So why give up your comfortable life in a traditional sized home for the tiny life? Tiny life advocates cite different reasons for choosing this type of lifestyle. Freedom including the ability to more easily travel as well as financial freedom that comes with a huge reduction in the amount they need to spend on housing.