Tiny houses are gaining in popularity as a creative, affordable, and fun way to deal with the affordable housing problem. Also, there is a perk of reducing overall living costs, together with environmental consciousness and minimizing a carbon footprint.
The idea of building your own home is tempting, particularly if you end up with half of the previous living costs. The whole process can be an amusing challenge, quite attractive to young people.
For some people, this asset comes on top of anything else. Tiny houses are the most affordable housing solution around. One common way is to build them on a trailer base or even refurbishing an old trailer. Registering these houses as road-towable vehicles gives a chance to avoid many issues and expenses that come with building a permanent home with foundations. Small houses on a foundation are a middle-solution, still hard to legislate in many countries.
The average price of tiny house living is about $10,000+ to build, plus significantly reduced living costs. If you go completely off the grid, the numbers drop accordingly.
According to inspectamerica.com, a common tiny house uses between 100 and 200 amps, depending on the size and the types of appliances that need power. It’s only a tiny fraction of what you spend, on average, by living in a traditional house.
Going completely off the grid, disconnecting from electricity and water, and relying on sustainable systems, recycling, and solar energy, many consider the only proper way to live.
Simplified housing gives you more time to do other things, including more socializing and improving family connections. Some studies show that people who live in tiny houses, on average, spend more time outside and in various activities in a selected company, which contributes to overall happiness.
Downsizing releases you from the things you do because they need to be done, not because you enjoy them. Instead of spending large portions of time cleaning a big house, you can devote to a hobby. Instead of investing large sums of money in upgrades and repairs, you can travel or buy a luxury amenity that you normally couldn’t afford.
The size of homes in the United States has been growing through the decades, reaching the absurd levels of thousands of square meters as a mainstream norm for a single-family. By 2013, the average size of a family home surpassed 2500 square feet. The expenses for necessary maintenance were rising accordingly. Along came the Tiny House Movement, as a sort of rebellion. People who downsize are looking for more freedom in place of “being owned’ by their homes.
That being said, owners of tiny homes often cite mobility as one of their most prominent reasons for going tiny. That’s why the popularity of tiny homes on wheels keeps rapidly growing. Not only that the owner has a lot of free time; he also enjoys the freedom of movement. A tiny house can be placed almost anywhere, providing the owner with a feeling of a never-ending holiday.
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