The concept of tiny houses has been around since the 1980s, more recently however the movement surrounding the tiny houses, fittingly named “The Tiny House Movement,” has been making its way through mainstream media. The attention is not coincidental, rather the benefits of being a tiny house owner are very beneficial compared to owning a traditional home, which comes with such gifts as a mortgage and other expenses.
A fully functional tiny home costs around $25,000-$30,000 on average. Not only that, but living in a tiny house means there is no talk of mortgages and therefore one can live in a “debt free” environment. In turn that money, which would have been wasted on debt, can go to your bank account for save keeping instead. Research concerning tiny house owners has stated that 55% of tiny house owners have more savings than the everyday American, with an average of $10,792 in their bank accounts.
The benefits of a tiny house do not stop there however. Due to their size most tiny houses can be transported easily or have already been assembled on wheels. The opportunities to go and stand where you please are actually viable when living in a tiny house. If it so happens that your dream job becomes available, but you would have to move to the other side of the country that is no issue whatsoever. A tiny house would not only allow you to go on a road trip to said dream job, there is no need for a moving truck and you do not have to book any hotels to stay at.
Most tiny houses are also self sufficient. Because of there smaller stature a tiny house does not require a lot of energy when compared to a traditional house. All of this energy can be encapsulated by simply adding solar panels and/or windmills to a tiny home. Tiny houses are also commonly equipped with a rain filtration system which provides all the necessary components for a good plumbing system. Not only can tiny houses be self sufficient they are also often made of recycled or sustainable materials and require less materials in general during the building process.
Lastly a tiny house indirectly creates peace in one’s mind. Not only do the financial benefits cause this peace but also the absence of space means there is less to clean or clutter. The creation of a tiny house can also be a creative exercise for the future owner, as it can reflect their personality and interests.
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Cut The Red Tape! US Government Backlash Against Tiny Homes
As the popularity of living in tiny homes increases, by-laws or zoning laws are increasing along with it. In the US, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing a rule that would force tiny houses to conform to the standards of recreational vehicles. This rule would inevitably prohibit permanent living in tiny homes. The HUD is also proposing regulations that tiny homes be manufactured in factories and conform to codified standards (3). Such a rule would eliminate incentives for living in tiny homes such as low building costs and the use of recycled building materials. What’s the big idea?
Just when it appears there is a solution to the travails of life, in steps new rules. Shouldn’t living in a tiny home off the grid be a personal choice?
Houses are expensive, work is stressful, and people are concerned with the environment. Tiny houses minimize, if not eliminate all of these issues. Tiny homes for many have provided refuge in a life filled with tremendous obstacles and challenges. Having the clamps put on the tiny home way eliminates what many thought, was a way out.
Living off the grid should be a personal choice, it’s good for the environment and it’s a creative solution to eliminate stress.
Tiny homes not only benefit the occupants but the environment as well. Tiny homes have low impact on energy resources due to their use of solar and wind power, filtrated water systems and composting toilet systems. Think of earth hour, isn’t it neat thinking of all the energy saved within that hour? It’s a good feeling. Tiny homes are like earth hour on coffee beans.
Tiny homes create happier people. Wouldn’t it be nice with more pleasant and friendly people walking around? A hello here and a smile there, sure let’s have some of that. In a society with mental health disorders on the rise, tiny homes are an effective and progressive solution to the problem. Tiny homes likely won’t change the world but they can help change people, for the better.
Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.
People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
So what is the alternative? One solution might be to live smaller. While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied in order to escape the cycle of debt in which almost 70% of Americans are trapped.
This is a growing movement, that is for sure! With international attention on CNN, AP, Guardian, Huffington Post, NBC, Oprah, PBS and so many more, the tiny house movement has helped people learn about another way to live their lives. Every month I have thousands and thousands of readers come to my site and I know other sites experience the same.
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