Tiny House Movement
Tiny House movement, to live in minimalist houses, with less expenditure and less damage to the environment; It is a spontaneous social movement to develop ideas, architectural solutions, products and solidarity groups. It started to develop especially in western countries during the 2008-2012 Global Economic Crisis.
A revolution is taking place in the world of home design and its future is very clear. An architectural and social movement advocating the reduction of living spaces. Tiny House The sounds around the current are increasing day by day. Witness nearly 2.5 million Instagram posts with the hashtag “tiny house”; Watch lots of documentaries and TV series like the Netflix show Tiny House Nation.
One of the most high-profile of the movement’s many champions has to be multi-billionaire Tesla chief Elon Musk. Musk talked about living in a tiny house in Texas while working on the SpaceX venture. “Living in a small house feels more like home” he tweeted. The idea that having less space and stuff can make room for more important things in our lives is appealing.
A Brief History of the Tiny House Movement
The Tiny House movement can be traced back to the 19th century US naturalist and essayist Henry David Thoreau, whose book Walden (1854) was an inspiring meditation on simple living in the natural environment. The “godfather of tiny houses” Jay Shafer pioneered the modern movement by building a tiny house on wheels and wrote The Tiny House Book in 1999. Shafer founded the company Tumbleweed Tiny House before leaving to focus on social justice and housing rights.
Tiny House fans champion the green identity of housing: they need fewer materials to build and are wary of energy – using around 20 to 30 per cent of the energy most average UK homes spend, according to British firm Tiny Housing Co. They can be equipped with solar panels or wind power so the owner can live off-grid. They can be placed closer to nature as they are designed for mobility. Affordable, portable, eco-friendly, community-conscious, unencumbered – what else do you want?
The cost of land can be a major consideration (or barrier) to owning a tiny house. The cost of a tiny house as well as the cost of a plot can make it prohibitive. Some move around their homes settling on land owned by their family or friends, while others rent land, for example, from a farmer – all bypassing the need for planning permission. Another way is to buy land and change its use to glamping or a small farm.
Lifestyle and values are the main drivers here: the tiny house space goes with rethinking what’s important, like empowering local communities or protecting the environment; or the desire to spend more time with family or activities that downsizing allows. Some just love the tiny, sleek design of their tiny home.
Small but perfectly formed
In other countries, the tiny house industry is moving faster looks like. It is estimated that 10,000 people in the United States live in small houses. “The tiny house movement is growing,” Amy Turnbull, director of American Tiny House, told The Spruce: “As more people advocate for their acceptance, more space will allow them.”
We’ve seen an explosion of demand [for tiny houses] from people who want to reconnect with nature after being stranded in cities.
Tiny House clients “are people of all ages and even retirees – but mostly young professionals… They have a place to get out of the city or at least a retreat”. Some plan to live in their small homes full-time; also those use it as a holiday home. “It’s a lifestyle choice. The tiny house movement is a value-driven world.” Sustainability is high on many people’s lists of values – for example, “tiny houses have a very small carbon footprint” powered by solar and wind power or the use of compost toilets.
And let’s say the pandemic has had a significant impact on the market. Demand for tiny houses has increased from people looking to reconnect with nature after being stranded in cities. We can say that the personal and the physical want them to feel free after being imprisoned in an impersonal, online existence. This lifestyle can be very friendly, relaxed and warm. Many tiny home residents enjoy the sense of peace and simplicity that lifestyle provides.
The tiny house trend is not for everyone. Because he demands sacrifices and lifestyle changes for his work. But most of our clients do a lot of research before committing.
Despite its potential advantages and disadvantages, the movement is moving fast as the tiny house trend is announced and shared globally.
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