Shrinking homes are a growing trend. More and more people are choosing to live in tiny houses – homes that are often less than 500 square feet.
Perhaps the state of North American real estate markets has something to do with it: In Canada, a hot real estate market nationwide out-priced many potential first-time buyers, forcing them to scale down their expectations … literally.
People are looking for ways to save on their home ownerships costs, and for some, tiny homes are the way to go.
Actually, there are all sorts of factors at work driving the micro-mini home craze. Economically, little homes can make sense. They can cost less to maintain; they can cost less to furnish; they probably have lower heating costs; and there is choice galore for those at the leading edge of the small-is-beautiful movement. Mobile minis, which are on wheels, are designed to be fitted with solar panels and other green technology options.
Some companies sell do-it-yourself (DIY) plans for tiny homes, but people can also purchase pre-built homes that can be delivered straight to their plots of land. There are also workshops available to aficionados on topics ranging from DIY construction to finding small-scale furniture for your small home.
As well, some of the micro-mini homes are designed to be added to, so if the lot will accommodate it and authorities approve, your tiny house can grow.
If a bigger small home isn’t in your plans, perhaps you and your house can be part of a larger community; several tiny housing blogs discuss building communities of tiny homes.
Generally speaking owners of tiny homes are singles or couples who are younger, on average, and may work in creative professions. However anyone can be part of this growing trend. And it just may be a trend whose time has come.