It used to be, ‘the bigger the better.’ That pertained to wallets, to actions, to spending and to lifestyles. In fact, this trend is probably the most cyclical of all time. You can bet your bottom dollar that at some point, this trend will return and our wallets will groan all over again.
But for now, we can breathe a little bit easier and watch as a very interesting trend unfolds in the home renovation industry. That trend, is the tiny house trend.
You’ve probably noticed them on blogs and in architecture publications. Single men and women, couples and even families are realizing they could live with a lot less space. They’re selling their homes and designing unique living spaces that are often less than 200 square feet. It’s the ultimate exercise in maximizing what you have.
The benefits of the tiny homes are many. First of all, they’re most often mobile. You can pick them up and put them on a trailer, travel the world if you like. You can purchase multiple plots of land all over the world to temporarily set up shop, or you can take advantage of one of dozens of camping/trailer spots where these tiny homes are welcome.
These homes are also often far more economical when it comes to your carbon footprint and your energy bills each month. Did you know that the average family will spend between one third and one half of their annual income on the roof over their heads? A vast majority all around the world are living paycheck to paycheck and may spend more than 30 years trying to pay off their home or apartment. Energy bills play into a huge part of that, but energy bills don’t impact tiny homes the way they do regular homes. That’s because tiny homes don’t elicit nearly the amount of water that a normal home would, especially one that’s more dated or run down. They rely on power sources that are solar or energy-saving, often using the roof for solar panels or plant life, which uses rain water to then move energy throughout the structure.
They’re also very unique and beautiful. Here is a link to some of the many fun tiny homes that we’ve noticed on the web recently.
That’s not to say that tiny homes are for everyone. Many families outgrow these too quickly, or their jobs and lifestyles don’t enable as much travel as they may like. They’re definitely not for those who need to roam the halls of a castle or like to climb ten flights of stairs each day.
Tiny homes are a unique movement, changing an industry that has long been rooted in classic traditions. Even if you couldn’t see yourself living in one of these long term, could you see yourself taking a vacation in one?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, reach out to the Australian Heritage Homes team with questions and comments.