Tiny House Movement Is Really Moving

I’m sure you are familiar with the tiny house movement. Taking “downsizing” to its logical conclusion, some people have chosen to build and live in houses that are extremely small.

The average American home has about 2,600 square feet, but the typical “tiny house” has between 100 and 400 square feet. Personally, I’d feel claustrophobic living in a tiny house, but I’d love to have one about 30 to 60 minutes from my home where I could store stuff and bug out to if I needed a temporary place to live.

Some folks buy these tiny houses outright so that they never have a mortgage again. Some tiny houses sell for under $30,000.

Others purchase tiny houses for environmental reasons. Obviously a small house uses far less energy than a medium-sized or large house. Still other people are looking for more time and freedom, and a tiny house provides them with less cleaning and maintenance responsibilities.

And some individuals build tiny houses on their property and use them as art studios or to house aging relatives. Others utilize them as home offices or temporary guest houses for adult children who return needing a place to stay until they get their feet on the ground. Still others plan to retire in these very small abodes.

If I were to purchase a tiny house, I’d be interested in one similar to something I saw in the news recently.

It’s a very small house built on a manually-operated rotating base so that the occupant can turn the house to either face toward or away from the sun. One minute you’d be looking out your window and see your neighbor mowing his lawn across the street, and the next minute you’d look out the same window and see your kids or grandkids playing in the backyard.

Tiny houses represent an interesting trend and we’ll see how much they catch on. You might not be able to host a big Super Bowl party there, but you could definitely save some money by living in one for a while.


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