Tiny House Living
I wonder sometimes if the world is going to hell. I want to believe that this is not the case but the more I listen to people like David Suzuki the more I feel that we have lost our way.
We need to Change The Code when it comes to how we live our lives.
We want more stuff all the time even when our houses and apartments are filled to the bursting poing with stuff we don’t need.
Shopping has pretty much become the national pastime. People just want to spend themselves into oblivion I guess. It makes me sad.
And when it comes to housing we are led to believe that bigger is better. People without kids are buying huge places just so that they can have them. Somehow people keep wanting bigger and bigger places, mostly because of all the stuff they have.
According to the US Census Bureau the average size of a North American suburban home in 1950 was 800 sq ft, in 1970 it was 1500 sq ft and in 2000 it was 2266 sq ft. The average size of a US home as of 2006 is 2,469 square feet.
And with all that house comes a lot of upkeep and maintenance that has to take place.
I feel that there is a better way and it comes in the form of tiny house living.
What is a Tiny House?
Officially a lot of people would think of a tiny house as being under 200 square feet. Most of the tiny homes that people are falling in love with are tiny homes on wheels(THOW).
For me a tiny house would be well under 1000 square feet. Even less than 500 five hundred square feet. That would be a huge adjustment for a lot of folks. But it can be done. Others have made the move to tiny house living. It is about deciding what is important to you. Is it sustainable living and living below your means or struggling to keep your head above water.
“But what would I do with all my stuff?!” That’s the point. You would be getting rid of most of the useless crap you currently have. All that stuff is weighing us down and holding us back. Think of the natural resources that have been used to make all of the material possessions that take up the space in our homes. It seems that I have read that we now need 4 Earths to maintain our dependence on the natural resources we are using. That is messed up.
The Tiny House Movement has gathered momentum in recent years and I have blogged about my love for tiny houses in the past and I still read about them often.
I am tired with the rampant over-consumerism and the high cost of living that comes with having a traditional house. The cost of utilities is going higher and higher every year. If you feel the same way then maybe tiny house living could be an option for you.
Book suggestion: Tiny Tiny Houses: or How to Get Away From It All
So the magic question is: How are we going to make this happen?
- We want a tiny house that we can somehow build ourselves.
- We want to have a minimum of government intervention with permits etc.
- We want to be self sustaining, off the grid
Instead of focusing on the house and what always needs to be done the focus would be on nature and living life. We would know that we have done our part to minimize our ecological footprint as much as possible.
There are many more tiny house builders and designers out there.
What are your thoughts on tiny house living?
Have you ever thought about Changing the Code on how you live?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
And if you have any tips for how to actually get it done please let us know.
Change The Code