The tiny house movement, which is a growing trend in the US, is the subject of a new house-hunting show hosted by Selling Houses Australia’s Andrew Winter.
Tiny House Australia follows couples and families as they trade space for simplicity.
“I was a real estate agent in London for years and trust me, tiny houses in places like London are nothing new,” Winter told APN.
“It is relatively new in a country (like Australia) where for many decades its housing abundance has been a quarter-acre block, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom freestanding house; the garden was big and there was plenty of space for a shed.
“Then as we headed towards the 80s and 90s we got bigger and bigger. Alternative housing options in the days of our McMansions is a subject I’m really interested in.”
This extreme version of downsizing is not for everyone. Going from the average home of 243 square metres to a house as small as 10 square metres requires discipline and clever storage.
“It’s brave and it’s no good for hoarders,” Winter laughed.
“I wouldn’t say tiny living is suitable for the whole of your life. It might be, but if you take most of the people in the show it’s for a particular stage in their lives.
“It may have no relevance to you right now but, you know, things like divorce, downsizing, jobs, finance, and death even, mean it could be a sensible option.”