What is a Tiny House and Why Go Tiny?

On July 27th 2016 by Cathy No Comments

The tiny house movement (also known as the “small house movement”[1]) is a description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition of what constitutes a tiny house; however, a residential structure under 500 square feet (46 m2) is generally accepted to be a tiny home.[2]

The definition of a tiny house is subjective, but for me, it’s a home of 400 square feet or less, either on wheels or a foundation. I consider a home of between 400 and 1000 square feet to be small. Due to size specifications for rooms, clearances and distances between fixtures, building codes are a little more difficult for tiny houses to meet. (However, it is possible. Please see Navigating Minimum Square Footage.) Small homes can easily meet building codes. Zoning is a challenge for both tiny and small homes, as many communities require houses to be 1,000 square feet or more.

Now that you know what it means to be “Tiny”, why in the world would anyone want to live in something so small?

Below listed a few examples of why people go tiny. No one fits into every single category, and that’s okay.

  • •Affordability
  • •Reduced carbon footprint
  • •Mobility
  • •Flexibility
  • •Minimalism
  • •Off-grid capabilities
  • •RV with year round comfort for all weather / locations
  • •To use as temporary housing, guest home or a vacation house
  • •Survivalist house in case of emergency
  • •Exemption of property taxes
  • •Non-toxic or chemical free home
  • •Ability to design an artistic home with quality materials
  • •Ability to build your own home in short amount of time
  • So, why live tiny?

    Living tiny is a novelty for some. For others, it’s a legitimate way of life. And then there are the rest of us who aren’t entirely certain which tiny house style suits us best, if at all.

    “Free” shopping site Yerdle would like to help determine if tiny home-living is for us. The company built a quiz, that’s not exactly backed by science and is intended to be taken in jest, describing four “tiny house personalities”…. Among those who’ve taken the quiz so far, Yerdle’s Jeremy Osborn says most users are tiny house amorous (40.1 percent) followed by a solid group of tiny house curious types (31.8 percent). Are You Ready to Live Tiny? Find Out.


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