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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Secret Behind the Tiny House Movement

It’s no secret that Americans like big homes. In fact, houses in America are typically double the standard size home in Britain, Italy, and Japan. Therefore, the rising trend of tiny house living being embraced by many Americans can be shocking to hear and hard to understand. Find out what tiny houses are and the movement behind living in a space less than one-quarter the size of the average new house in America.  

What Is a Tiny House?

The typical American home is around 2,500 square feet, while a tiny home is defined as a home with between 100 and 500 square feet. While the difference in square footage between the two is shocking, an enormous amount of people have embraced the tiny house lifestyle. This growing shift towards minimalist living has inspired a social movement of people looking to downsize in order to live more simply. People are ditching the traditional oversized American homes and deciding to take on the tiny house philosophy in order to gain more freedom, simplicity, and stress-free living.

Building Tiny Homes

There are a variety of different options when it comes to the design and structure of tiny homes. Tiny homes can be both rented or owned, and you can choose to have your little house on wheels or set on a foundation. Majority of tiny houses are independent structures, parked on a plot of land. Building a tiny house can be done by the homeowner themselves or purchased from the growing number of tiny home builders, adapted from trailers, or built from a tiny house building kit. Tiny houses come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and designs but all have the goal of enabling simple living in a small, efficient space.

Benefits of Tiny Living – More Joy with Less Things

To those who haven’t tried it yet, the idea of living in 500 square feet can seem like a daunting task. However, there are actually many benefits as to why people are ditching their spacious homes for the tiny house movement. People live in tiny homes for many reasons, but the most popular reasons why include financial savings, environmental consciousness, and the desire for more mobility, time, and freedom. The financial freedom tiny houses bring may be their biggest attraction as 70% of Americans are trapped in debt, with most dedicating over half of their income to paying for the roof over their heads. With buying a home usually translating to at least 15 years of working to pay for it or living paycheck to paycheck, tiny homes offer a sound fiscal plan for saving.

Tiny homes allow for a life with no mortgage, easier maintenance, the option to move anywhere, and a simpler life focused on enjoying experiences rather than things. Learning to live with less is part of the process and opens up the opportunity for more adventure with less materialistic things and more meaning to life.

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