Have you heard of the small house movement? It's a fast growing trend towards building and living in tiny homes that range from (on average) 100-600 square feet. As a response and solution to the recent economic downturn, these mini's have started sprouting up everywhere. The media, from The Wallstreet Journal to the New York Times and blogs such as Apartment Therapy are buzzing about it. And it's no wonder as the benefits are endless! Some of the incentives include:
- They are significantly less expensive to build/buy making it a realistic purchase for first time buyers or people who want to downsize.
- Your heating and electricity costs will significantly decrease due to less energy spent on wasted space
- You will lead a less cluttered and more organized existence as you will have to be more picky when it comes to choosing furniture/art/ appliances
- Smaller homes equal more money saved on building materials so you can invest in sustainable solutions such as solar power
- Less spaces to clean!
- Smaller homes lessen the emitted pollutants that your homes generate.
- My personal favourite: You will have additional land around your home for trees, gardens, greenhouses, beehives, chicken coops, etc.,
The focus shifts from quantity to quality and promotes the idea of living artfully. The simple elimination of hallways and dining rooms can already reduce the size of your home. Architects and builders popping up everywhere and designing savvy homes with nifty storage units and dual purpose rooms. Design and functionality trumps size and allows you to get creative. Suddenly every square inch of your home serves a logical purpose.
I've always wanted to live in a small home and have never really understood why most people choose to buy the monstrosities that are on the market today. I mean, what's the point of having a 3,500 square foot home on a tiny lawn besides status? I don't get it. Personally I look forward to the day when my tiny home is surrounded by acres of nature and areas that promote sustainable living. I honestly can't imagine my future any other way...
You can read more about the movement here and here.