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.
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.
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.
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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