Tiny House Living seems to be all the rage these days
How would you feel giving up your house or spacious condo and moving into a tiny house that is less than 400 square feet?
No matter where you turn, you are likely hearing and seeing more and more about the tiny house living trend. A few years ago it seemed that everyone was focused on buying a bigger and bigger house and the tide may be turning.
Why is it taking off? From what I can tell, there are a number of different reasons:
- Environmental Reasons – the desire to reduce carbon footprint or to live off-the-grid.
- Portability – many tiny houses can be easily moved allowing people to take their house with them when they move.
- Financial – owning a home can be out of reach for so many people and this provides a more affordable option. It can also be a great option if you are trying to build up your savings (to meet your longer term goals) or to reduce your monthly costs so that you can work less now! The great thing about a tiny house is that almost all home ownership expenses scale based on size. Smaller house, smaller utility bills…less land = less property tax etc.
- Simplification – getting back to basics and focusing on the really important things in life rather than material things.
Tiny house living can also take on many different shapes and sizes:
- Micro Condos – a newer trend but new buildings are popping up with units that are 400 square feet or less.
- Container homes – living spaces that are built using old shipping containers
- Custom built small homes that allow customization to meet differing needs
Could you do it?
Tiny house living requires a certain type of commitment. Can you imagine yourself downsizing? Not just your square footage but your possessions as well? Just think, no walk in closets, limited cabinets and storage and likely smaller appliances if you even have them.
Before deciding if it is for you, it is highly recommended that you do a bit of a trial. Why not rent a Yurt or trailer for a few weeks and try living in it just as you would if you were doing it permanently. Much less risk than selling everything you currently have, buying a tiny house and then deciding that it isn’t for you.
There are so many great websites out there that can help you learn more about tiny house living. Check these out:
If tiny house living is something you’d consider, why not do a bit of a cost of living comparison to see how it would impact your goals? Could you reach your goals faster by changing your lifestyle now?