I am a bit obsessed with tiny houses. You may have seen some articles or news programs referring to tiny houses, tiny homes, and micro-dwellings.
Tiny houses have certainly become a hot topic over the past few years. There are now mainstream shows dedicated to tiny house living! Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Builders, Tiny House Big Living, Tiny House Nation. The tiny house movement is a real thing.
What is the Tiny House Movement?
Basically it is a social movement where people are choosing to dramatically downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet. The typical tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. That is a dramatic decrease in size.
There are now dozens of builders who specialize in designing and building tiny houses. What they can accomplish is nothing short of spectacular. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they enable much simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.
People who choose tiny house living have decided that living a more simple life is more important than a life of high payments and excessive debt.
Indeed, most Americans are spending a third to half of their income for their housing. No wonder people are living paycheck to paycheck.
A lot of people are trapped in a debt cycle.
Tiny house living is not for everyone. But for those people who want to do a complete change of direction in regards to their housing, and maybe their life overall, the tiny house movement may be a movement you want to join.
The financial savings that come from small house living can be huge. Then you can factor in the freedom you can gain in other areas; less stuff and clutter, you can move it easily, and less upkeep.
Whether or not a tiny house is in your future, the trend itself is hallmark to the movement of “alternative living”. That could mean going off-grid, mobile, delaying or even abandoning the idea of retirement altogether, and all around not feeling the pressure to conform to what society dictates.
What do you think of the tiny house movement? Is it a fad or is it here to stay?