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Find out about the latest house trend to hit the UK, all the way from America. Including, how it could work for you, if you want a simpler style of life.

A tiny house in North America

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The tiny house movement has been around for a while. But only recently has it become quite the trend. It is a clear indication that a smaller home doesn’t mean small decor aspirations and dreams. In fact, it is quite amazing exactly how much style and beauty tiny home owners can fit into houses that are under 600 square feet in total.

The movement has a lot of deep roots. It relates to important things like, moving away from consumerism, living in a more sustainable way and, saving money. However, because the houses are so beautiful and often, innovative, there’s no getting away from the fact that the social movement has created its own tiny style movement at the same time.

Are you wondering what the Tiny House Trend is about, and how whole families can live in these mini houses? Then this guide will give you a strong introduction to this movement. Who knows, by the end you might be wanting a tiny home of your own!

The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is all about living for experiences and moments, rather than ‘things’. As a throwaway culture, there is building evidence and media coverage of the issues with wastage and an obsession with buying things.

Once one thing is bought, advertising is pushed to make us want the next best thing. For many people, living that way is not sustainable. It is expensive and it is not an eco-friendly way to live.

Emotionally, it is also suffocating and very pressured. Which neighbour has the most and the best? Who has the latest this or that. It is no wonder that people want to escape and go back to basics. For some, this means going off-grid. Or travelling around the world to see other cultures. For some however, it means living in a tiny home. Proving you can be entirely happy without the excess of modern day life, and you can thrive with very little.

Micro-Living

Within the action of moving into a tiny house, there is the day to day living within that house. This is where you have to make the most of the space, and live in a different way than you would in a bigger home.

This style of living is called micro-living. And it means changing the way you use a space. You have to think a lot more carefully about how you move around. How you make food, how you eat it, and about how to create separate areas for different parts of living.

There are no sacrifices to be made. But you do have to change the way you interact with the space, and get creative with how the space is used.

The Benefits of Living In A Tiny House

For many people, the idea of living in a tiny house is just a nightmare. Why would you give up the extra space and amenities, luxurious and facilities that come with a big house?

For those moving into tiny houses, the benefits far outweigh any negatives. For example:

  • There is less cleaning. So you spend less money on cleaning products and less time cleaning.
  • House maintenance involves less work because, there is less house.
  • The monthly bills for energy and utilities are much much less than larger houses.
  • The house is cosier naturally, because it is more compact.
  • The environmental impact of the house is much less than a bigger house.
  • You have a much bigger choice of location because most tiny houses fit into tiny spaces so, the options for location are more plentiful than with a bigger house.
  • The extra time and money gained saved from having a tiny house mean more freedom for those who own the house.

There is also the benefit of additional living space as well as the property that you have. You might need a working office, spare room, room for your growing children, for artwork or self-expression. A tiny home can provide those things without having to break the bank for building costs.

For those who move into a tiny house, the benefits are plentiful and the idea of living so simply and with such freedom is just too much to resist. There’s no sacrifice involved, just a lot of learning which is approached willingly.

Tiny Houses: The Facts And Figures

Size

The average tiny house is less than 600 feet usually. Obviously there are various different types and shapes and styles. But most are less than 600 square foot all together.

There are two different categories which tend to differ in size, wheeled and foundationed. Tiny houses on wheels are often under 300 feet in size. This makes them easier to move. Tiny houses set on foundations can reach up to 300 feet. The smallest amount of room in a tiny house is usually 200 feet. Because that tends to be the minimum that people need.

Plumbing

Tiny houses with foundations have the same plumbing as a normal house. If you want them to that is. With the eco-friendly and sustainable way of life, many tiny home owners choose more sustainable water sources.

Systems with rainwater collection, compost toilets and that kind of thing. Tiny houses on wheels often have a system like a sophisticated camper or RV with a porta-potty or similar.

Cost

Tiny houses are smaller than standard houses. But they are still specialist builds so, they aren’t as cheap as you might think. You will likely pay a minimum of $30,000 dollars for a tiny house, but they can sell for well over $95,000 dollars.

A lot of people do choose to build their own tiny house. But only if they have the skills and access to cheap building materials. Blueprints, plumbing, electrics and especially design all need to be right. More often than not, a self-build is a passion project. Because it will likely cost more in time and money to create, than purchasing a ready-made tiny house.

Some people want to really focus on the design of their tiny house, using special wall tiles and intricate design, which can push the price up further.

The Challenges of Owning A Tiny House

Clearly, there are challenges when you have a tiny house. You have to work on how you live within a space that is very different to a traditional house.

You have to plan a lot so you end up with a space that works really well for your life and preferences. If you are moving your family into a tiny house, you really have to think hard about how to create a space that works for everyone together. That is on top of all the uses for the house you need, like being able to cook, clean, sleep and relax.

When it comes to houses on wheels, there are currently some laws causing issues for tiny home owners. The houses on wheels count as a camper van or other recreational vehicle. This means you cannot live in them full time in certain areas. Tiny home owners affected by these issues are working to change this law so that they are able to live in their home on wheels full time if they want to.

Legal parking of tiny houses on wheels is another hurdle faced by homeowners. Lots of groups exist sharing places to park, and communities are being built. However, the location of some of these communities is a bit too remote for some people. So the overall movement is working to get more acceptance and ease to make living much easier.

Is a Tiny House A Good Investment?

Month to month you will be saving money. So, depending on what you do with those savings it could be a good investment. Your quality of life is also something worth investing in, some would say. However, long term, a normal sized home is probably a better investment because it can be resold easier than a tiny home. Tiny homes are very niche and there are much fewer buyers for homes like these.

As a whole, it all depends on your outlook. The chances are if you have purchased a tiny home, you’re investing in your lifestyle, not looking for a return on your money in the financial sense.

The Tiny House Movement in the UK

In the UK, most people are pretty curious about the tiny house movement which has been presented in various TV programmes over the last couple of years. The country is interested in the movement, and there is a place for it here. We love a camp, or even a glamp.

More and more people are interested in living in a different way. Living in a sustainable, eco-friendly way with high quality materials and exceptional design. There is also a housing crisis here, and tiny houses could well help with that crisis.

Some would say that the country needs the tiny house movement. Because there will not be enough houses to go around at any time. Even as new ones are built, the population keeps growing at a fast rate.

Who Suits a Tiny Home?

A tiny house is an important solution for many different types of people. However, it isn’t for everyone. You usually have to sleep in a bed raised by steep steps which means that certain disabilities could restrict the use of a property of this style. The elderly may also struggle with this style of living.

You may also struggle with micro-living if you aren’t well organised. Or if you feel you need a lot of room to yourself. Living on your own or in a couple in a tiny home is one thing. But living as an entire family in a tiny home is another. You do have to live in close proximity to everyone else. It is important to think about how that will feel, before you go ahead and make the commitment.

Getting Started With a Tiny Home

So, you have decided that the huge shift from a normal home to a tiny home is for you. You have done your research, you have thought carefully about the process and you’re ready for a change. First things first, there are some extra steps you can take before you throw caution to the wind and change your lifestyle completely:

Recognise What the Appeal Is For You

Perhaps you love the minimalism there is with tiny home ownership. Or perhaps you’re all about the sustainability aspect.

Maybe a tiny house on wheels gives you more freedom? Perhaps you want to make something unique in design, with designer floor tiles and completely unique shapes and colour schemes? Then think about what you still want from a tiny house. For example, the ability to entertain guests, or to do art work. Recognising what appeals to you and what you want is so important, if you want to make the move successfully.

Think Again

Once you have really focused in on what you want from a tiny home and why it appeals to you, take some time away from the list then come back to it. Some things can be achieved with micro-living, some things can’t. You need to decide what you can compromise on and what you can’t.

What Options Do you have?

If you have decided that tiny living is for you, then you need to think about how you’re going to achieve your goals. You could edge into it by renting out a tiny space for 6 months to see how you get on. You could live in a tiny home on wheels next to your parents’ house or a friend’s house to see how you get on.

You could go and have a look at what you can afford with tiny homes. Because your dream might not be quite within reach yet. You could even join some tiny home groups and chat to people already living in that way to get a realistic idea of how it works.

Make Plans

If you have decided you are going to go for it, preparation is key. Decluttering to an extreme, is so important.

You will need to plan every single thing that goes into your new tiny home. Even down to how many shoes or coats you intend to have. Every inch of space matters. You will need to think about parking locations if your home is on wheels. You will also need to prepare for the different way your tiny home works. The more prepared you can be with the whole process, the better.

Tiny Homes, Big Lives

Tiny homes are a fantastic option for people looking to simplify their life, to escape consumerism and to absolutely make the most of living in the moment, rather than living for ‘stuff’. It isn’t right for everyone. But it could be great for some, and is worth considering if you would like to save money, save time and live in a much simpler way.

 

 

 

 

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