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The Tiny House Movement You Need to Know About

By Mallory Miles, June 23, 2016

Artistry has taken itself to another level, or lack thereof. Artisans are choosing aesthetics over space by willingly living in houses of 200-500 square feet. Since 2007, hundreds of free-spirited individuals have flocked to the tiny house movement. These housers may be cramped in less than 500 sq. feet, but within these tiny houses, there are big ideals.


Financial Freedom


A tiny tree cottage built by Herrle Custom Carpentry for $4,000.

When you downsize in square footage, you increase your budget surplus.

When you increase your budget surplus, you decrease your obligation to employers and lenders.

And when you decrease obligation, you increase freedom.

Inside Herrle's $4,000 tree cottage.

Inside Herrle’s cottage.

Most Americans devote 33 – 50% of their income to their houses. Considering that the average single family home racks up more than a million dollars worth of expenses over a 30 year period, it’s surprising that Americans aren’t forced to devote a larger percentage of their income to housing.

Tiny houses range in price from $4,000 to $25,000, which places even the most expensive tiny houses at 1/18 of the price of the average home in the United States. Unlike standard houses, tiny houses rarely accrue additional expenses in loan interest or renovations.


Environmental Consciousness

When it comes to living green, tiny houses are second to none. The size of the house makes it inherently eco-friendly. The amount of energy that goes into heating, cooling, and lighting a tiny house is drastically less than the amount of energy consumed by standard houses.

A tiny house located in Wales’ first authorized low eco-impact village.

Because people who are attracted to tiny houses are generally also concerned about the environment, most tiny housers take extra green measures. Tiny houses are often built out of recycled material, which reduces rubbish heaps and spares the lives of trees.

The houses are often solar powered, and if they are connected to a power grid, may very well be feeding clean energy back into the grid for other people to use. Many of them have composting or incinerating toilets, which reduce the use of water and need for the highly chemical process of water treatment.

Pursuit of Happiness

Subtract the distractions of materialism and the stress of debt from your life, and space opens up—space for new pursuits!

Your journey begins when you decide to build a tiny house. The physical demand of building a house will get your blood pumping. Your mind will be engaged by learning new skills, finding resources, solving problems, and daydreaming of what you’re going to do with your tiny house when it’s finished.

Many tiny houses are built onto trailers, so that their owners never have to curb their wanderlust.

Tiny house taken on the road by Jenna and Guillame, who used their time in their home to launch their photojournalism careers.

Tiny housers who are inclined to settle down report that they have more time to pursue new hobbies, like writing, gardening, photography, or playing musical instruments. Others have reported that they were able to focus on career and education goals or family bonding.

Regardless of the goals that draw newcomers to the tiny house movement, most sum up their new lifestyle similarly after a few years. Tiny housers live simply, and waste less of their lives with work they don’t care about and objects that don’t fulfill them. They live happily—you might even say happily every after.


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