Tiny houses are so adorable!
Who doesn’t get the appeal of a life-sized dollhouse? However, there’s more to these compact homes than meets the eye.
Little houses are the beginning of a revolution in the housing industry.
Consider this: the average square footage of a U.S. home in the 1950s was 983 square feet. Within 60 years, it then almost tripled to 2657 square feet!
But now, we are seeing this number decline. In fact, the median size of a new single-family home sold in 2020 was 2,333 square feet.
So why the reversal with growing demand for a smaller real estate footprint?
Curious to know more?
Take a micro break from your holiday hustle: join me with pondering the delightful freedom that comes with tiny house living…at any age.
I'm sharing 3 compelling reasons why a tiny house may fit into your future!
(Oh, and be sure to scroll all the way down to see some fabulous tiny houses…which one is your favorite? Let’s chat in the comments!)
1. The Economics of Tiny Houses
Personal finances are always a major factor in any homebuyer’s decision-making process.
The buyers of tiny homes vary widely. They are not restricted to Gen X or Gen Z (20-30 year olds)—logical first-time homeowners. Millennials are also in the mix. Many of them delayed buying their first home and they are rapidly approaching 40 years old now!
When Millennials graduated, they faced the double whammy of a fierce job market and steep housing costs. The economic uncertainty kept them on the sidelines. Renting seemed to be a more prudent choice. And it allowed them to be nimble should a job opportunity require relocation.
But the same challenges face Baby Boomers, too—often retirees on a fixed or reduced income. Tiny houses can be the solution for both ends of the age spectrum.
The smaller dimensions allow for high end finishes at an affordable price tag. Certainly, the cost of a tiny house can range anywhere from $25,000 to $180,000+.
Yet imagine the ability to buy your own four walls for a price tag under $75,000 in a major metropolitan area? ‘Nuf said!
2. The Environmental Impact of Tiny Houses
Going green is no longer a trend…it’s a way of life!
And clearly, reducing our footprint on Mother Earth pays big dividends in preserving our world. Global warming is demanding that we do things differently now.
Moreover, the savings realized with tiny houses are significant:
- Solid construction waste is decreased
- Necessary building materials are condensed
- Energy costs to maintain the house is reduced
In other words, it’s a win-win for the environment and the homeowner! Just look at this infographic which compares traditional versus tiny house construction. Kinda says it all, doesn’t it!
3. The Lifestyle Possibilities of Tiny Houses
Minimalism, or living with less, is no longer a fad but a way of life.
When you’ve lived a full life, you will have accumulated lots of stuff over the years. We feel the weight of our belongings every time we can’t find that bill or pair of shoes or book, because we have too much. We don’t even remember what we have when it’s hidden at the back of the closet, in a box or in storage.
When you live in a tiny house, there’s no room for too much! It demands that you release stuff from a past chapter if it’s just taking up space. It requires that you let go of things that no longer play a role in your daily routine. Instead, you keep only what matters: what you need, what you use, and what you love right now.
Tiny houses can also be a practical option for a second home/vacation home. Imagine the thrill of living in your happy place, whether near the water, on a mountain, or within a vibrant city….at a reduced cost. Less to maintain means more time to relax and pursue your hobbies and interests.
Though your space is small, your life feels large. You have the financial, mental, and emotional freedom to do more. To live large in your current life chapter.
Who wouldn’t welcome that kind of space in their life?
A Gallery of Tiny Houses!
Here is just a sampling of the infinite number of possible configurations. Which of these tiny houses tugs at your heartstrings?
The last one is technically a travel trailer that I spied near where I live. But seems to me, when you’re camping, wherever you lay your head at night is home, don’t you think?
And check out the videos in the Resource section, too. Hear about Tiny House Living from those who are currently enjoying this lifestyle!
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Could a tiny home make sense for you? Tell us what you think.
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