The Tiny House Movement has become increasingly more popular in recent years with exposure from shows such as FYI’s Tiny House Nation and HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters. There’s now a plethora of companies that specialize in building custom tiny houses out of various types of material from scratch such as metal and wood and even industrial shipping containers. These houses may be small but often times they have very chic and cozy interiors. Some tiny houses have remarkable features that allow homeowners to entertain, host guests, store & display their valuables and do their laundry. In order to take advantage of available space, furniture often has dual purposes by acting as both storage or a bed for guests.
A driving factor for those who chose to live in these small spaces is the ability to downsize and live more economically in cities where monthly rents or mortgages are rising beyond their reach. Of course this type of living isn’t for everyone, especially if you suffer from claustrophobia or have a large family. These homes are suited for singles, couples and small families. Some even make it work with pets included. Personal space is wonderful but since tiny houses offer very little of this, folks have to be sure they’re on good terms with your housemates or don’t mind being in close proximity to others when everyone’s inside.
Despite what may appear to be obvious drawbacks, there are a few fascinating quirks that add to our growing fascination this trend. Want to build your own tiny house? Follow these plans from morningchores.com to build an awesome place that doesn't take up much space!
10 They’re Now Available on Airbnb
Airbnb is a new phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly more popular. Fortunately, you can now rent tiny houses through this popular service. Options are available globally which cater to various needs and range in styles from the typical tiny houses seen on TV to unique dwellings such as treehouses and converted wagons and barns. Hosts upload enticing and whimsical descriptions along with glamour shots of their rentals. Be warned that some homes are very small and consist only of a bedroom with amenities nearby while others rely on outdoor kitchens and eating spaces or vegetable gardens. Some are a little more secluded than others, but there’s something for everyone.
9 Tiny House Communities Exist for the Homeless
These homes have the potential to solve homelessness by providing an alternative to shelters, which afford very little privacy and don’t allow individuals to stay there all day. Tiny homes offer the safety and stability that some shelters don’t. More importantly, they offer privacy. Tiny house communities are popping up all over North America in cities such are Portland, Oregon.
8 Home is Anywhere You Want it to Be
7 They Allow You to Live Mortgage-Free
6 They're Not Your Typical Mobile Home
5 They Make the World a Better Place...Literally
These homes are great for the environment since they use less energy (less electricity is needed since there’s less square footage) and produce less waste since homeowners buy less food. There’s less storage space available so homeowners have to be very picky about what they bring home. Also, less energy such as fuel and materials such as wood are needed to build them. Often times these homes rely a great deal on recycled materials during the build.
4 Minimal Maintenance Required
Because these homes are so small, cleaning up is very easy. Most homes are one level, open concept versus multiple rooms and levels in standard houses that need to be cleaned. Due to their small footprint, tiny homes require creative storage solutions, very little space is wasted, which allows for reduced clutter therefore less picking up after oneself. For those who don’t enjoy outdoor maintenance, there’s often little to no yard work needed depending on where homes are located, for instance, natural green space versus industrial land.
3 Can be Expensive Relative to Their Size
2 Celebs are Getting into it
It should come as no surprise that celebs are also getting in on the action. They may be used to sprawling 10,000 square-foot mansions but some are taking an interest because these homes have the potential to provide a little escape from their everyday grind. For instance, NBA player Matt Bonner, who plays forward for the San Antonio Spurs, was featured on Tiny House Nation last Fall. He stands an impressive 6 feet 10 inches but decided to have a custom 276 square-foot tiny house built for his family of 4. To accommodate his height, doors and ceiling heights had to be adjusted. The bed in the master bedroom was also modified to prevent his feet from hanging off the edge, no doubt a nuisance when you’re living in a world not built for your size.
1 Tiny Means Micro in Some Cases
If you thought the concept of tiny house living was mind blowing, consider just how small some of these homes can get. While the agreed upper size limit is usually around 500 square-feet, the lower limit is a little more negotiable. Known as micro homes, they can be as small as 80 square-feet but are typically closer to about 160 square-feet on average. Surprisingly these incredibly small abodes still offer up lots of style and comfort. There are companies that will build micro houses that amazingly still feature the basic comforts of a home such as a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
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