What Is The Tiny House Movement, and How Does It Work?

Jones Smith
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Simply put, the tiny house trend has evolved into a social movement. People are opting to reduce their living spaces, simplify their lives, and live with less. People are embracing the tiny house philosophy as well as the freedom that comes with it. More than just living in a small space is at the heart of the tiny home movement (although, a small house is certainly part of it).

What is the average size of a tiny house?

What is the definition of a tiny house? What exactly is a tiny house and how big (or small) is it? The average American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas a small or tiny house is defined as a home with a square footage of 100 to 400 square feet. While there are no hard and fast rules for joining the tiny house movement, most people who refer to “the tiny life” have a home that is less than 400 square feet.

Tiny houses can either be rented or purchased. You can opt for a small house on wheels or one that is built on a foundation. The majority of small homes are self-contained dwellings, while some are parked on property alongside other structures or a bigger residence. Other small dwellings are situated on their own plot of land. Some small homes are planned and built by the owner, while others are bought, converted from trailers, or constructed from a tiny house kit. Tiny homes exist in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, but they all allow for more basic living in a smaller, more efficient area.

Why Should You Get Involved in the Tiny House Movement?

It may seem intimidating to individuals who have never lived in a small abode. Why would anybody choose to live in such a cramped space? But isn’t it true that “larger is better”?

The small house movement and the tiny living concept, it turns out, have a lot of advantages. People join the movement for a variety of reasons, but the most common ones are environmental concerns, financial problems, and a desire for more time and independence.

The small life offers significant financial benefits as well as the opportunity to live an adventurous existence. The majority of Americans devote 1/3 to 1/2 of their salary on keeping a roof over their heads! As a result, many individuals will devote a significant amount of effort on determining how to pay for their houses. Buying a home typically entails at least 15 years of labour over the course of your life to pay for it. 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck due to the high cost of owning a “typical-sized” house, as well as the related bills (and the culture of “buy now, pay later”).

We work very hard to be able to afford larger homes than we need. We keep working so that we may fill our homes with more stuff…things we may or may not need but acquire nonetheless. Many Americans are overburdened by their duties and schedules. They’ve had enough of the rat race.

So, what’s the alternative to this exorbitant living expense? One answer is to live in a smaller space, and many people are drawn to the tiny home movement because of this awareness. While tiny houses aren’t for everyone, they are far less expensive than a full-size one.

In my personal case, I began off in an apartment that cost me $1000 per month after utilities, insurance, and other expenses. My bills nearly evaporated once I moved into my modest abode; it now costs me $15 (yep, fifteen dollars!) each month. The cost of creating my own small home was recouped in less than two years, enabling me to save a significant amount of money. Even if you aren’t ready to take the leap, there are things to learn and use in order to break free from the debt cycle that has enslaved over 70% of Americans.

Over the course of 30 years, the cost of purchasing an average-sized property might be significantly more than you expect. A $290,000 home’s original cost comprises not just the purchase price, but also interest, taxes, insurance, upkeep, repairs, and renovations. All of this may add up to more than a million dollars in total costs over the course of your home’s lifespan. This is a home’s “real cost.”

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I am Jones Smith and I am here to share my experience and expertise in writing. I've been writing articles for different publications for more than 6 years. I have a varied range of interests and that's why I love blogging about different topics. In my opinion, blogging is a lot like acting, and I consider writing blog posts as an acting job. I am an entrepreneur by heart and there is nothing big or small when it comes to starting a business.