Are tiny houses here to stay?
We’ve touched upon the tiny house movement before as a trend to watch, and now we’re curious about where that trend is today. Is it blossoming into a lifestyle or should it be seen as another passing fad?
With measurable benefits like minimal upkeep, the ability to travel, and low costs, tiny houses have proved that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Here are a few reasons why the tiny house movement is more than just a movement – it’s a lifestyle choice:
Easy on the wallet
When you have a house that’s about 10 times smaller than a regular house, it comes with a price tag to match. The average cost of a tiny home is $23,000 compared to $200,000 for an average sized home – nearly an eighth of the cost. While homeownership is difficult for many, especially those between the ages of 18 to 35, living in a rent-free space without all of the major expenses is a no-brainer for some. The low cost of living is what draws many people into the tiny home lifestyle, from recent college grads to retirees. It’s also what the largest determining factor for anyone considering downsizing.
From lower electricity and fuel use to smaller and fewer appliances, there are numerous ways that a tiny home reduces your carbon footprint. The limited space cuts down on materials used, heating and air, and even greenhouse emissions, which is perfect for anyone who wants to be environmentally responsible. Saving the planet can sometimes feel like a tall order, but tiny living makes it a little easier.
With the average tiny house ranging between 100 to 400 square feet, being minimal with design and function is a necessity. Tiny home occupants tend to be drawn towards a minimal lifestyle in the first place and owning a small space allows them to put that simplistic style to use. While a tiny house can still have modern amenities like solar-powered lights or a trendy sleeping loft, the amount of items that go into the home by necessity have to be cut down. Reducing clutter and being thoughtful about what goes into a small space is an opportunity to start fresh, which is something many people welcome.
In addition to the low cost of living, the ability to travel is probably one of the most appealing aspects of tiny homes. Because of their small size, tiny houses give owners the flexibility to travel cross-country with comparatively little hassle. Tiny home occupants can live a nomadic life by taking their house with them wherever they want to go, without commitment to one single place. This mobility attracts people from all walks of life – empty nesters, travelers, or even remote workers – making tiny home living more popular than ever.