Tiny house villages could soon be big — really big.
According to researchers at Kansas State University, tiny house villages are environmentally friendly, they promote a sense of community, they encourage healthy lifestyles and habits, and they’re a safe and affordable housing option for the masses. For all of these reasons, the experts are hoping that tiny house villages will spread across the country in the near future, according to The Wichita Eagle.
Tiny homes, designated as abodes that clock in under 1,000 square feet, don’t make up much of the real estate market right now. As of 2015, only 1% of home buyers wanted to live in a so-called tiny home, according to the National Association of Realtors — but the Kansas State researchers think this may soon change.
“We think [living in a tiny village] does a few things for one’s health,” Julia Irwin, a researcher at the university, explained, “including creating a better sense of community, satisfying people’s basic needs for relationships, offering affordable housing options, and encouraging physical activity through community gardens and walking to urban establishments.”
Clearly, there are a lot of benefits to living tiny, however, zoning laws across the country have often hindered the growth of tiny house communities. The guidelines set in many areas discourage small houses — mainly mobile homes — because, among other reasons, they can be seen by neighbors as “low class.” But, experts believe that the growing passion many have for these teeny properties will improve the way people perceive them.