03/15 Tiny house living – Big questions to consider first

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CURRENTLY, UNLESS YOU CAN PARK YOUR HOME ON SOMEONE ELSE’S PROPERTY, WITH THEIR PERMISSION, FINDING A STAND-ALONE LOT CAN PROVE DIFFICULT AND POSSIBLY ILLEGAL. IMAGE CREDIT – MATTEO FESTI/SHUTTERSTOCK

…When the tiny house revolution began, the focal point was to become more eco-conscious both in terms of owning less, purchasing less and, therefore, producing less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. Another by-product was to bring people closer to the environment, to become one with nature.

With a smaller living space, people would be drawn outdoors and spend less of their lives indoors. The tiny home was only really meant to provide shelter and a place to prepare meals, and so the construction of 100 to 150 square feet minimalist homes with the barest of essentials began to crop up.

Slowly over time the, tiny house phenomenon morphed into bigger homes with more functionality than some 2,000 square feet foundational homes with acres of outdoor space. This was predominately due to a new group of people entering the market. People who were not willing to pay the high price tag of traditional homes were now opting to save money by building tiny homes that nestled in their parents’ backyard.

Even with today’s low interest rates, households with two incomes are still unable to afford a typical home that was easily purchased on one income in the 1960’s. Major increases in housing costs over the last decade in most metropolitan areas have pushed households further away from the City and their jobs increasing commuting times and stress levels.

These marginalized folks, less concerned about the environment and more driven by the financial savings are considering tiny homes as an alternative to their current living situation. This conglomerate is not as willing to part with certain comforts that a regular sized home could afford and have decided to build bigger tiny homes in the range of 400-500 square feet.

These larger designs come with more multi-purpose functionality to increase space efficiency and allow for the storage of more belongings and goods, additional technology like clothes and dish washers.

Read more – https://www.earth911.com/home-garden/tiny-house-big-qs-first/

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Elaine Walker