What Is a Tiny House & Why Do People Love Them?

They say that sometimes the best things come in small packages... and that's certainly the case with these very special types of homes.

The tiny house movement is taking over the nation... which also happens to be the name of the popular Netflix show that is spreading the tiny home message. Tiny House Nation which celebrates the mini home movement and follows renovation experts as travel across America to show ingenious small dwellings and their creative inhabitants.

But wait, what exactly is a tiny house?

There is still no official definition of a tiny home but, generally speaking, it is a small house, typically less than 600 square feet in size. While some are built on foundations, most tiny homes are built on trailers. This style of tiny house is often referred to as a THOW (tiny house on wheels) and allows for freedom of movement so that you can tow your humble abode to wherever your heart desires.

Why are tiny homes popular?

Some of the main reasons why tiny homes are so popular is affordability (tiny homes cost a fraction of what the average home costs), relatively low upkeep costs, and decreased maintenance. Some other reasons include environmental friendliness, simplicity of living, and mobility (if it has wheels).

Where did tiny homes come from?

A few different factors are responsible for the tiny home movement. The 2007/2008 financial crisis led to high unemployment rates and subsequent foreclosures and so some people sought out this more affordable alternative over more expensive, traditional homes.

As well as affordability, people who wanted to reduce their carbon footprint and negative environmental impact found the energy efficiency and joy of living with less that tiny home life offered to be exactly what they were looking for.

What are the advantages of owning a tiny house?

  1. Lower expenses
  2. No mortgage (if you buy outright)
  3. Freedom of movement
  4. Lower energy use
  5. Easier maintenance
  6. Less cleaning
  7. Ability to be immersed in nature
  8. Simplified life

What size are tiny homes?

Although there is no set standard, typically, tiny houses can be between 100 and 600 square feet - which is small. So be prepared to downsize significantly if you live in a house or apartment.

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