Tiny Homes

After all the clutter talk last week, we were inspired to swing to the other end of the pendulum and explore home owners that push the limits of simplicity.

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“Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.”

img_8269edit_custom-b387af31cabe7e4a9aa5ac3daa3ac015fa830bab-s900-c85It’s a “movement”. I had no idea until researching for this post that you can actually order a tiny home right now online. You can even purchase a “kit” to build your own tiny home that comes with materials. The process sounded more like putting together a children’s train set than building a home to live in full time; but people are doing it!

There are many reasons to explore tiny living, but the most popular include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. People are beginning to wonder if they really need or even want their house to be a place they live life inside. The mind set of many tiny homeowners is that they’d like have a nice place to sleep and cook but life is meant to be lived outside the four walls of house. Maintaining a smaller home takes less in time and finances and encourages the homeowner to get out and explore the world around them.

 

Am I only one that is starting to warm up to the idea? The simplicity is refreshing, BUT many people have had a rude awakening as they venture into the world of tiny living…

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STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO : TINY HOMES GONE WRONG

 

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