ritten by Mark Wade
I've been fascinated by the 'tiny house movement' for a number of years, and first saw them on the Dwell website, where examples were popping up around the world - probably because they really make sense. The tiny house lifestyle is the ultimate of creative resourcefulness, and allows homeowners to reduce their environmental foorptints without sacrificing good design.
And, it’s not only reducing the impact on our fragile environment, but can also incorporate innovative technologies.
The Tiny House Movement is an architectural and social movement that encourages living a simpler life in a smaller space. People from all walks of life have determined that a large home, and more specifically, the large cost of living that comes with it, is both unnecessary and a detriment to their happiness. These people have turned to tiny house living to reduce the financial and emotional burdens.
A large percentage of people involved in the tiny house movement are DIY’ers, meaning people who are interested in building their own homes. It is incredibly empowering and fulfilling to construct your own home from the ground up. With that said, as the tiny house movement becomes more mainstream, more companies are trying to capitalize on the increased demand by offering pre-built and custom homes.
Over the years we’ve talked to tens of thousands of people who are looking to transition to the tiny life. And while their individual circumstances may vary considerably, their motivation for wanting change normally falls into three different groups.
The financial benefits of a tiny house are considerable.The most obvious savings are with the initial cost of the home. A tiny house can be built for less than the cost of most cars. And because they are built to the same quality of conventional homes, they can be expected to have a similar lifespan. Despite their lower cost, a properly built tiny house can provide housing for decades.
Once a home is built, the savings don’t stop. Because of their smaller size, most of the utilities and all the maintenance costs are less too. While there is no savings to some bills like streaming TV or garbage collection, there are considerable saving to others, like electrical and gas.
Finally, there are also financial benefits from the reduced consumption that results from living in a tiny house. Having less space results in less shopping and buying. There simply isn’t the room for frivolous purchases, and so a shift occurs where shopping loses its appeal. This actually has many benefits beyond economical.
There is no need to move into a tiny house if simplifying your life is your goal. There are techniques that can be used to simplify now. There is no need to wait. While this is true, a tiny house will force you to lead a simpler life.
Living tiny results in owning less. With that comes less thinking about your stuff, less time upgrading your stuff, less time maintaining your stuff ... you get the picture. This process is so common that we’ve stopped noticing it and just consider it part of life. It is an invisible weight on our shoulders. Only after it is removed do we recognize that it even existed. When I talk to people that have moved into tiny homes, I am repeatedly told how surprised they are that something they didn’t even know existed was having such a big impact on them.
Financial reasons are what brings most people to the tiny house movement, but the simpler life is what keeps them in it.
Using fewer utilities not only saves money but it also has a smaller impact on the environment. Some homes go so far as to use no utilities by being completely off-grid. Also, with less consumption comes less waste going into landfills.
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