Tiny houses mean a sim­pler life­style

Money Magazine Australia - - FROM THE EDITOR -

“Small ex­pec­ta­tions” (June edi­tion) ex­plored tiny houses in Aus­tralia. This isn’t a new con­cept; the tiny house move­ment has at­tracted at­ten­tion in the US since the early 2000s for of­fer­ing both af­ford­able and eco­log­i­cally friendly hous­ing. As a gen Y, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if the move­ment quickly gains mo­men­tum in Aus­tralia (sub­ject to re­solv­ing the coun­cil laws and other land ac­cess is­sues iden­ti­fied in the ar­ti­cle).

Tiny houses of­fer much more than just an af­ford­able hous­ing so­lu­tion. They em­body the min­i­mal­ist life­style sought by many gen Ys who, like my­self, pre­fer to spend our hard-earned cash on ex­pe­ri­ences rather than “stuff”. There is a sim­plic­ity and flex­i­bil­ity that comes from liv­ing within the bounds of a 40sq m house on wheels which can be moved at a whim.

Tiny houses present not only a route to home own­er­ship but a life­style that de­mands we live sim­ply, with fewer ma­te­rial items and fo­cus on the peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ences we value most. And who can ar­gue with that? Elise, WA

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