Big pos­i­tives for tiny houses

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WITH Tracey Hordern

THERE’S some­thing com­fort­ing about the con­cept of tiny houses. Per­haps it is the

fairy­tale im­age of lit­tle cot­tages in the for­est that ap­peals to the imag­i­na­tion. But the re­al­ity is that the de­mand for tiny houses is grow­ing and in no small way.

If you caught the news re­cently, you might have seen the story about the tiny house some­one chose to steal in Can­berra and haul all the way to Her­vey

Bay in Queens­land. While the tale of the stolen tiny house is amus­ing, there are some se­ri­ous fac­tors that are pro­pel­ling this trend. The most ob­vi­ous in­cludes a

re­sponse to un­af­ford­able real es­tate costs in much of Aus­tralia. The other driver is the trend to­wards

houses that fac­tor in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. The tiny house so­lu­tion is gain­ing mo­men­tum in one par­tic­u­lar de­mo­graphic – women over the age of 50. This de­mo­graphic is also the fastest grow­ing among the ranks of home­less.

When it comes to space, I’ve long re­alised that what­ever size hand­bag I have, I’ll fill it. And the

same goes for houses. Aside from the ad­van­tages that smaller houses of­fer for so­ci­ety and the en­vi­ron­ment, the other ben­e­fit is that think­ing small makes you con­sider

what is re­ally im­por­tant.

So if there’s only space for one sofa – choose

wisely. The same goes for ev­ery item re­quired in a tiny house. Choose one and choose well. That’s a style phi­los­o­phy worth ad­her­ing to, re­gard­less of size.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Tiny houses are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar, es­pe­cially with women over 50. TAKE A HOL­I­DAY IN ONE FIRST NOT SOLD ON TINY HOMES?

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