- Posted April 16, 2014 by
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Tiny Houses: Americans Trend Toward Downsizing
Take a minute to envision the average American dream home. Is it an elegant three story Victorian style house with a heated in-ground pool on the outskirts of a large city? Or is it a more modest one story home, living out in the more rural parts of the USA? If you said the Victorian, you are correct; however, people are starting to break out of the big home stereotype.
An increasing number of Americans are joining the Tiny House Movement and building what are known as tiny houses. Tiny houses are homes that are designed to be anywhere from 100 to 400 square feet, compared to the average American home which is 2,600 square feet.
Tiny homes grant inhabitants a higher level of financial freedom while reducing their ecological impact. This movement originated in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was started by Dee Williams in 2004. Since then, tiny houses have been formed and it is now a recognized community. According to www.TheTinyLife.com, a website that connects the tiny house community, as of 2013 there were 2,300 residents listed in tiny houses. This current year, number almost doubled to approximately 4,000.
This is a huge spike in downsizing of homes over the last year. This is mostly due to the fact that people are starting to recognize that families buying into larger homes must take out mortgages and 76% are forced to live paycheck to paycheck. www.TheTinyLife.com also states that the average American spends anywhere from ⅓ to ½ of their income to maintain their home.
Not only do these homes allow for sounder fiscal plans, but they also grant life simplification, demonstrate environmental consciousness, self-sufficiency, and social consciousness of the world that we live in today. This notable act and benefit to all shareholders has cast a light onto the tiny village and drawn in into the light of the media.
Tiny House Movement has gained such popularity in the media and market recently that A&E Television Network has announced that it will be starting a television show titled “Tiny House Nation” in July. Additionally, the tiny house community has also started its own emerging tiny-house dating site.
If you are interested in joining the movement, there are several resources to aid interested individuals who lack building experience or knowledge on what they should incorporate into their tiny home. Some of these resources include Tiny house Building check list (listed on the www.thetinylife.com), building demonstration videos on YouTube, as well as various books and videos that one can easily access from www.tinyhomebuilder.com/Plans.
More specifically, these websites are used to show prospective tiny house people how to discover their true needs, where to pick their exact site to live, how to develop rough floor plans, and it also lists the top 5 barriers to moving and the solutions to these barriers. Furthermore, they can provide sourcing to all of the construction materials, professionals, and locals.
So the next time you find yourself looking for a home, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Because bigger is not always better.