There has been a lot of talk about tiny houses. A reality TV show, the news show Chronicle with a nice piece, and I just heard the other day about the Pawn Stars show that included tiny houses.
In 1978 the average new house size in the U.S. was 1,655 square feet. Compare that to 2,169 in the most recent census. Why are houses getting smaller, while the average family size has decreased? Craziness, pure craziness!! We here in the U.S. use way more resources than most people in the world. Some estimates say that it would take 5 worlds if everyone on Earth consumed as many resources as we do here in the U.S. Tiny houses seem to average between 100 square feet or smaller to upwards of 400 square feet. Imagine the resource savings of building & maintaining properties that are 5-20 times smaller than current averages?? TINY HOUSES REALLY COULD SAVE THE WORLD!
Why is it important to pay attention to this trend? Tiny houses are a reflection of a sustainable society by using few resources to build, operate, and maintain, along with creating deeper interpersonal connections since people don’t isolate themselves in their “wing” of the house. And an even deeper reason: people and their employment are more mobile than they have ever been.
We have all seen the statistics: Our grandparents used to be able to graduate from high school and work a job for 40 years and retire comfortably. Most people are living a very different reality: going deep into debt to complete college, then moving jobs and even professions every 5-7 years. How can someone feel settled if they employment shifts so much? The answer: tiny houses!
While some have chosen RVs, or recreational vehicles, many are opting for the home feel of a lumber framed tiny house that replicates a typical house in many ways – except smaller and uses the space extremely efficiently. Read more about tiny houses here.
What kind of tiny house would you like to live in??