What is a tiny house? What is the tiny house movement? Why are they trending in this materialistic world? What are the advantages or disadvantages of such a space?
Firstly, we need to understand the word “tiny” is not just about quantity. The idea may be presented in the form of space restriction, but it is more about simplification of things leading to simplification of life to an extension. In the last few years, people have started living a more conscious life leading us to the concept of tiny and micro-housing. When you dig deeper in life, the most enlightened have understood that everything in our life boils down to necessities only. Then why not surround ourselves only with necessary things. And that is the concept of tiny house/ tiny living philosophy in a nutshell.
Movement that might save us
History of the Tiny house Movement.
The scale of movement was minuscule when it had just begun as any other movement in history. The concept caught the eye of many people, especially youngsters and single people who love to hop from city to city pursuing their dreams and goals. The people were so intrigued that there are also TV shows like “Tiny House Hunters” and “Tiny House Nation.” There are also many writers and bloggers and documentaries to inspire more and more people into this lifestyle. The most obvious advantage is the lesser financial burden making life stress free by avoiding the rat race. But there are many other reasons for people to take such a drastic step in life, like environmental and sustainability concerns, sense of community and the aspiration for more time and freedom.
Quality or Quantity?
Sizes that make tiny.
Let’s see what is the average size of the tiny house? But for that, we need to have some idea of the regular size of the house for reference point. Typically an American house is 2600 square feet (approx. 240 square meters). Well as a tiny or micro house is in the range of 100 to 400 square feet (approx. 9 to 37 square meters.) There are no rules and regulation about the sizes, so there can be more variation in sizes but generally speaking, this is the range in which we see the houses.
The freedom of selection about everything is completely on you. There are options to rent it or own it, your house can be on wheels or set on a foundation. Many people even prefer building their own house to customize as per their needs and choices. Size and ownership may vary, the only consistent point is to be thoughtful of what you own and why.
Better planning than deep pockets
As the major reason to live in a tiny house is driven by the financial aspect. Let’s look into it a little deep to understand exactly how it will affect. Much of this information may surprise you. Most people benefit financial freedom because there is no mortgage for more than 65% tiny home dwellers. The bank savings are also more as there are lesser paychecks for maintenance. You have more money for necessary and important things like tuition fees, retirement etc. And hence, tiny home people are more likely to have a master’s degree or secure retirement fund compared to others.
A tiny house doesn’t mean only more saving it can also make money for you, just that you have worked strategically and plan things better. After saving money for a few years and building habits of staying simple and reasonable lifestyle, you can do the same things in a different house as well when shifting into a more stable location. And you can rent out the tiny house when it is not in much use. It is a tool that can work for you, rather than you working for the house.
Let’s care about the world as well!
The other most obvious and key reason is to reduce the carbon footprint. And tiny house makes it effortless possible because of less square feet area equally reducing material belongings and energy consumption. But, all these are is a way speculations and guesses as the actual numbers are blurry. There haven’t been enough studies on the topic.
If we see the larger picture, we understand the construction industry is the one affecting nature the most. The bigger spaces have resulted in the loss of green areas, increase in all kind of pollution like land, air as well as noise. The energy consumption in building and maintaining is huge. And all these factors increase the carbon footprint as well as chaos in your life, which has created problem making our existence fragile on this planet. The action of downsizing can be a step in the right direction solving critical issues of our planet such as, coexisting with other living creatures, deforestation, and climate change as well.
Some Restrictions to Follow
While deciding on the location it is better to go through zoning laws of the area, as they may differ from region to region. Many have restriction on minimum lot size, or about later expansion of space. While in some areas it may turn expensive running a tiny house because of some basic amenity rates in the area. Another issue you can face is where to park if the tiny house is on wheels. You also need to have little clarity about the near future as the rules and regulation are yet not laid, may changing and affecting you.
Where do I begin?
The article has given you the general outline about the concept of a tiny house but if you are still confused here are some ideas to be sure before taking the plunge. Before starting to find the place work on minimalism in your current space. Talk to the community and owners of tiny house dwellers, visit some such houses if possible, spend time in a tiny house. Think of renting a small space to try out and clear all your doubts. Once the decision is firm, learn the tricks about how best you can use space, and understand designing and packing tack ticks which will help you to take advantage of your space.