Tiny House Living

Why Is Everyone Talking About Tiny Houses??

Over the past ten years, I have traveled to many places around the world and I must say that “tiny” houses are pretty normal in most parts of the world. From the mud houses I saw on patrol in Iraq, to little houses made out of recycled whiskey barrels, there a too many shapes and sizes to even begin describing all of them.

The best way I am able to describe tiny house living a human scale life. Think about it:

  • What is the average height of a human?
  • How much space do humans need?
  • What amount of resources will support everyone having a home that protects from the elements and provides a sense of home?

Pretty much, all of the factors driving the tiny house movement come back to an age old quote on happiness:

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon

Let’s break it down. The average person spends about 25% of their income on their home – which translates to about 10 hours of a 40 hour work week. This begs the questions: do we love our job SO MUCH that we are willing to dedicate this much time and money for the place we call home? If you minus sleeping, out of the house recreation/activities and commuting, there is really only a few hours a day we are actually using our home.

Americans of all ages are beginning to realize this truth, and here comes the tiny house revolution! When I employ people to advocate for sustainable energy use, if they are living in a tiny house they can become financially free much faster if they are only supporting the cost of a tiny house – not a mcmansion that continually sucks their money in a mortgage, repairs and large property tax bills.

What gets you excited about the tiny house movement and how it relates to the sustainability revolution?

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