What is the tiny house move­ment?

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Real Estate -

The tiny house move­ment has trans­formed the way many people look at hous­ing and how it can help them down­size not only their res­i­dences, but also their lives. Liv­ing small has been em­braced as an eco-friendly way to cut costs and sim­plify life. Ac­cord­ing to the tiny house re­source The Tiny Life, the typ­i­cal Amer­i­can home is 2,600 square feet, while the typ­i­cal tiny house is be­tween 100 and 400 square feet. Many tiny homes are smaller than the av­er­age ur­ban apart­ment. Pro­po­nents of the small house move­ment say that liv­ing the tiny life isn’t re­ally a sac­ri­fice, but a way to ex­pe­ri­ence a sim­pler, fuller life that frees them from ex­pen­sive mort­gage pay­ments and un­nec­es­sary clut­ter. One of the ad­van­tages of tiny house liv­ing is that buy­ers are of­ten able to buy their homes (whether sta­tion­ary or mo­bile) out­right, elim­i­nat­ing the need to fi­nance their pur­chases. Tiny homes also boast much lower util­ity bills than more tra­di­tional homes. Out­fit­ting tiny homes with wood-burn­ing ap­pli­ances can keep heating costs to a min­i­mum. In some in­stances, tiny homes are com­pletely off the grid, har­vest­ing elec­tric­ity through so­lar pan­els and em­ploy­ing rain-cap- tur­ing tech­nol­ogy to sup­ply wa­ter. Ac­cord­ing to the re­source Liv­ing Big in a Tiny House, the tiny house move­ment is eco-friendly. Small homes cre­ate much smaller car­bon foot­prints than large homes. In ad­di­tion, the re­sources needed to build and sus­tain such homes pales in com­par­i­son to those needed to build and main­tain more tra­di­tional homes. Fur­ther­more, with less in­te­rior space, res­i­dents of tiny homes are less likely to ac­quire items they don’t nec­es­sar­ily need, re­duc­ing clut­ter and sav­ing money.

The fol­low­ing sta­tis­tics, cour­tesy of The Tiny Life, paint a picture of the tiny home life­style:

● Sixty-eight per­cent of tiny house people have no mort­gage, and 78 per­cent own their home.

● The av­er­age cost to build a tiny house is $23,000 for do-it-your­selfers.

● Eighty-nine per­cent of tiny house dwellers have less credit card debt than

● the av­er­age per­son. Tiny house own­ers earn an av­er­age of $42,038 each year.

● Many tiny home own­ers are age 50 or older.

● Those in­ter­ested in the tiny house life­style can find many com­pa­nies that now spe­cial­ize in th­ese dwellings. Empty-nesters look­ing to down­size may find tiny homes are an af­ford­able way to sim­plify their lives.

Tiny houses may ap­peal to eco-friendly prospec­tive home­own­ers look­ing to cut costs.

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