Imagine living free from rent, mortgage and utility bills. Imagine living in a home that generated it’s own electricity and captured it’s own water. Imagine you could build this home yourself all for a very affordable price. Now imagine how your life would be different if you were free from debt?
We live in a rapidly changing world, as economic and environmental forces continuously beg us to re-evaluate our way of living on the earth.
The Tiny House Movement is a sweeping phenomenon in the United States, largely as a result of the recent economic troubles where many have lost their homes.
Tiny Homes are about living simply, beautifully and yet still with everything you need. It’s about freedom from debt and having the economic freedom to live a bigger life, instead of having a bigger house.
What is perhaps even more important than the financial and economic advantages of owning a tiny home, is the environmental benefits. Living in a Tiny House carries a much smaller environmental footprint, reduces the amount of resources we as humans consume to live, and encourages us to consume less in general. They move us towards a more simplistic way of life and open up the possibility for a more sustainable future.
Traditionally, these tiny houses are around 2.4 x 5 meters. They contain a living area, sleeping loft, kitchen and bathroom and are constructed to fit a trailer so they can be easily moved. For this reason the Tiny House revolutionises home ownership, as it allows people to own their own house, without needing to own the land that it sits on. It is possible to build these homes to be entirely self- contained and off-grid, generating their own water, and electricity.
To those who haven’t tried tiny house living, it may seem daunting. Why would someone choose to live in a small space? But “bigger is better,” right?
It turns out there are many merits to the tiny home movement and the tiny life philosophy. Of course, people may join the movement for any number of reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom.
The tiny life provides huge financial advantages and the ability to live a lifestyle filled with adventure. For most Americans, 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads! That means many people will spend a lot of time figuring out how to afford their homes. Buying a house often translates to at least 15 years of working over your lifetime to pay for it. Because of the high cost of owning a “typical-sized” home, as well as the associated expenses (and culture of “buy now, pay later”), 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.