The Tiny House-Movement
The tiny-house movement, also known as the small-house movement encourages living simply in smaller architectural spaces. A tiny home is generally considered to have under 400 square feet of living area. Smalls homes are typically defined as having under 1000 square feet. Although this isn't a new concept, the popularity of shows like Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunters have drawn attention to this alternative way of living and specialty builders are filling a growing demand with people of all ages.
Tiny and small home owners have various reasons for choosing that when it comes to living space, less is more. According to data gathered by the US census bureau, the median home price in 1980 was $147,000 in today’s dollars and then $178,000 in 2000. That shows a growth of about 20% in 20 years. That rise has continued and housing has become an overwhelming expense for some people. For people who downsize to a tiny or small home, the lowered cost in living expenses can create a positive impact on lifestyle.
Some advantages that tiny house dwellers report are reduced stress levels due to less home maintenance and monetary concern. Some people are able to move to more rural areas to downsize and find that they're encouraged to spend more time outdoors. People who purposely live in small spaces also tend to accumulate less material possessions and have a lower environmental impact than others. Some people who make the choice to downsize to a tiny or small home have done so to allow the freedom to work less or travel more.
Tiny houses also create a helpful housing alternative as guest homes or temporary housing. Some cities like Eugene, Or and Ithaca, NY are combatting homelessness through the addition of tiny homes for shelters. Locally in Racine Wisconsin there is a tiny house village for homeless veterans. According to The US Department of Housing and Urban Development about five-hundred and fifty thousand individuals were homeless on one given night in 2018. Tiny homes can help provide transitional living and shelter people in need.
Tiny living isn't for everyone though and there is a lot to consider before beginning your build or small home search. If you're purchasing a tiny home, many are built on wheels and there are restrictions on where they can be parked. If you're building a fixed tiny home on land, there may be building codes regarding minimum square footage. You'll need to do your research or contact a professional for advice. Take time to consider whether or not living smaller will work for you and the people in your life. Rent a tiny vacation home so you can test life in a smaller space.
If you decide that downsizing to a tiny or small home is for you, you can start by beginning to let of go of the possessions that you'll no longer have room for. If living with less feels good, contact us for a land or home search or for builder recommendations. You can email us at email@example.com or give us a call at (262)696-9884.