Picture this: A beautiful space you can call home, built custom to your needs and desires. More time to do and pursue the things you love. Freedom to come and go as you please. A reduced ecological footprint. And no mortgage. This is a Tiny House.
Defining the Tiny House
A Tiny House Comes in Many Shapes. The pursuit of a Tiny House life comes in a plethora of shapes and sizes, including (but definitely not limited to!) the classic Tiny House built on a trailer, small houses on foundations, cabins, log homes, yurts, bus conversions, vans, shipping containers, house boats, even small condos and apartments! The Tiny House category of dwelling places is continually growing and expanding as people get more creative with ways to live big lives in tiny spaces. What a Tiny House looks like is only limited by your imagination!
A Tiny House Comes in Many Sizes. Often discussed and debated, the question of how big (or small) a house must be to fit the Tiny House definition varies greatly. The generally accepted size to be considered a Tiny House is anything less that 400 square feet. However, consider this: a family of 5 living in a 2300 square foot house that downsizes to a 1000 square foot living space is “going Tiny” in their own way - that’s only 200 square feet per person! Many in the Tiny House movement would agree that the exact size and square footage of a Tiny House matters less than the mentality to live simply, sustainably, and minimally in whatever shape their house may take.
A Tiny House Can Stay or Go. The model that has become more recently popularized in the Tiny House movement is the Tiny House on a trailer. Offering the opportunity to build without permits and building restrictions (in many provinces and municipalities), location freedom, and incredibly low cost, it’s no wonder that the move to build a Tiny House on wheels is becoming so common. That being said, there are many Tiny House dwellings that are built on permanent foundations. Living on a trailer is not conditional to living in a Tiny House!
A Tiny House is Custom Built to YOU! Rarely will you find two Tiny Houses exactly the same. The reasoning behind this being intelligent design. When you live in a space less than 400 square feet, every inch matters. From sneaky storage to light placement and the use of windows for natural lighting - every detail is noticed in a small space. What is vital in a Tiny House is that the space is a reflection of who you are and how you live. A foodie will leave ample room for a Tiny House kitchen that is functional and well structured. A work-from-home individual is going to prioritize multi-functional work space. An entertainer will leave ample room for visiting guests to sit and relax. A Tiny House reflects the needs and lifestyle of its inhabitants.
The Tiny House movement is still relatively young, ever-changing, and being formed by the Tiny House dwellers and dreamers. There are few right or wrong answers when it comes to defining what a Tiny House is.
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