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Tiny houses have been growing in popularity in recent years, as people are increasingly seeking a simpler and more affordable life. After all, in the United States, 68% of tiny homeowners have no mortgage, compared to only 23% of traditional homeowners. Although the tradeoff in size is significant, for many, it comes down to what they are willing to lose (and gain) in the exchange.

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The average American home is about 2,600 square feet, while tiny homes can range between 100-400 square feet. Tiny houses can be built completely off-the-grid with just a couple of modifications, but typically they still require propane to provide some heat in the colder months. This comes at a cost of between $5 and $10 a month for heating. When building, one also has the choice of hooking up to city water or putting in a rainwater collection unit with a filtration system.

Tiny homes can cost anywhere between $8,000 and $30,000, depending on how big you make them and what sort of amenities you add. While typically, tiny houses are designed for a simple, basics-only lifestyle, this doesn’t mean you can’t make them as luxurious as you like.

Tiny homes can be built almost anywhere and usually do not require a permit to be built, especially if they remain on a trailer or wheels. They can make for a perfect getaway home or even travel home if moving from state to state or country to country.

In Madison, Wisconsin, a group of people created a little tiny home community for the homeless, providing a potential solution for not just the homeless, but also temporary housing and traveller needs.

A More Luxurious Model

Chris Heininge created this 280-square-foot tiny house. In his younger years, Chris spent a lot of time in Japan, where he learned the art of living in a minimal yet beautiful and simplistic way.

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He built this more luxurious tiny home with what seem to be flavours from his past. A person living in a home like this would have many of the modern amenities they are accustomed to, just in a smaller fashion.

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The front of the tiny home with sliding door entrance.

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Entrance seating area and window to yard.

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Kitchen, fireplace, and stairs to loft.

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Upstairs loft sleeping quarters.

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Bathroom with full jacuzzi tub.

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Back of the tiny home.

What are your thoughts on tiny homes? Would you switch up your lifestyle to live in one, perhaps if you could have one that’s a little larger, with some extensions to allow for family living?


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