Have you wondered what this tiny house movement is everyone is talking about? Is it the latest craze where people are downsizing their living space and as such, downsizing their living expenses, too? Gone are the days that everything is better when it’s bigger – or, for now anyway.
It does seem to be more than just a fad, though. This tiny house movement is featured on the internet, magazines, and network television all around the world. Where homes have usually averaged around 3,000 square feet the past few decades, the tiny home craze is averaging around 400 square feet. Crazy as it sounds, some are even as little as 65 square feet, about the size of a walk-in closet!
Where homes have usually averaged around 3,000 square feet the past few decades, the tiny home craze is averaging around 400 square feet. Crazy as it sounds, some are even as little as 65 square feet, about the size of a walk-in closet!
It is about efficiency that eases the budget, eases the strain on our natural resources, and makes our day-to-day life easier. It isn’t any secret what the home building industry does to the environment and a number of natural resources that are used by the average household. With so many people taking on these concerns and society becoming more involved, this tiny home market has taken off.
For instance, look at the reduction in resources that a tiny house uses versus that of a standard size house. A 200-square foot tiny house that is built in a remote area, outside of a sprawling city, will leave little to no carbon footprint on the environment. If it uses solar panels for energy, the footprint is even less.
The Economically Friendly Aspect
An average basic automobile can cost as much as $50,000 today. No matter how well you may take care of your car, it will begin to lose value. The economic value of tiny houses start with the initial cost, with an average starting cost of $37,000 for pre-fabricated units. Like any real estate, the value may fluctuate, but you can live in it.
There are people who picture a cardboard box when they hear the term ‘tiny house’, but they are nothing close to being like that. Because the expense of tiny houses is so low, a builder can focus on using high-quality building materials that are energy-efficient with a longer lifespan.
Tiny houses are making homeownership more affordable for more people, too. They became more popular after hurricanes like Katrina destroyed homes all long the southeastern parts of America. So many people that weren’t insured lost their homes. Had it not been for tiny houses being built, they may still be homeless today.
Simple Housing is Downsizing in Many Areas
It isn’t just those who were affected by natural disasters that have turned to tiny houses. Many who have lost their jobs and haven’t found equal pay have discovered them, too. They can step out of the busy, hectic world of today and live a more simplified lifestyle.People are tired of working long hours and not having time with their family, friends or for themselves. A tiny house allows them to do more of the things they want to do, when they want to.