We’re all about the tiny house movement. From tiny treehouses, to houseboats, to tiny houses on wheels, to shacks, cottages – you name it and we’re about it.
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About the Tiny House Movement
As the average size of homes has continued to balloon and the cost size of mortgages bloom along with it, a simple idea was born – why can’t do with less. The average new house constructed in the United States is 2,600 square feet or approximated 242 square meters. In 1950, the average new house constructed was 983 square feet or approximately 91 square meters. While family sizes have shrunk over the years, society has been convinced that we need ever-increasing home sizes. No more!
Those taking on the tiny lifestyle come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the most popular are:
- Students and young graduates – Rather than paying rent forever or getting tied down to a huge mortgage, students are taking their lives back. They’re focusing on reducing debt and eliminating student loans while experiencing the independence and freedom of tiny living!
- Young families – Many young families are opting for tiny living so that they can afford more activities and experiences for their children.
- Singles – Why have a huge footprint for just one person? And why not have the ability to pull-up stakes and move to a better climate or new vista?
- Retirees and empty nesters – The kids are gone. Maybe you’re on fixed budget. Why not go tiny?
How Did We Get Here?
The simple answer is the government, big banks and the construction industry have helped! Cheap, government-subsidized loans, along with zoning on minimum home sizes and advertising and influence from the housing industry have pushed the idea that you NEED more space. A big house on a hill has long been portrayed in popular culture as a status symbol of wealth and success.
Along the way, somewhere, someone saw how tiny houses, like those in Japan and parts of western Europe could be efficient and ideal. The movement gained traction and momentum when the housing bubble burst, creating the housing crisis of 2008. These days there are a growing number of shows dedicated to the tiny house movement, tiny house trends and even tiny house decorating.
Why Are We So Passionate About Tiny?
Simply stated: LESS STUFF = MORE FREEDOM
Living tiny isn’t just about being trendy. Living tiny is about being smart. Living in a sustainable way. Living with little or no mortgage. Living with less debt. Living in a way where everything you have, has meaning and importance to you. Living in a way that you’re free to make better, smarter choices about where you live, where you work, and where you spend your time.