What’s the Deal With Tiny Houses? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Published : May 31, 2016

In order to save money and live more sustainably, people are starting to ditch large, spacious homes for so-called “tiny homes.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the tiny house movement.

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What Exactly Is a Tiny House?

  • The average tiny house is roughly 250 to 500 square feet.
    • Some tiny houses can be as small as 100 square feet.
  • A tiny house is one that uses space efficiently and is very sustainable. They’re ideal for single adults, couples, or retirees who want to save money and focus more of their time and resources towards gaining “experiences.”


Why Own a Tiny House?

The Average American Home:

 

  • The size of the average, newly built American home in 2014 was 2,690 square feet.
  • Average home size has increased by 62% since the early 1970s.
  • 8% of new homes in the U.S. were less than 1,400 square feet in 2014.
  • The average American home has 2.58 people per household.

 

Benefits of a Tiny Home:

  1. Buying a tiny home can help you save money.
  2. With a tiny home, there are fewer expenses. Owners learn to live with less.
  3. Because tiny homes rely on sustainable efforts like compost toilets, batteries, and solar power, they’re better for the environment.
  4. Tiny home owners often own their homes: 68% of tiny homeowners don’t have a mortgage.
  5. 55% of tiny homeowners have more savings than the average American, and 89% carry less credit card debt than most Americans.


How Do I Get My Own Tiny House?

 

  • Try Before You Buy: 50% of those who reside in tiny homes are renters — it’s a great way to try out the lifestyle.
  • Ready-made tiny homes sell for $40,000–$60,000.
  • Many people choose to build their own tiny home. On average, building one costs $23,000.


How Do I Make My Tiny House Stand Out?

By building your own tiny house, you can customize it to match your personal tastes. Simply pick a theme or style you like and start building.

  • For example, you can use raw pine timber to build a cabin-style tiny home complete with a wood-burning stove and a quaint porch.
  • Or you can use hand-split cedar “shakes” or shingles, solid oak floor panels, ocean-themed colors, and natural items from the beach to make a New England-style seaside cottage. 
  • Looking for something a little more modern? Use exposed steel beams, stained wood, and floor-to-ceiling glass to create a modern, minimalist tiny home. You can also use decorative perforated panels to create a handrail for a small porch or front-door stoop, or you can use those same panels to create a privacy screen for your windows. Thanks to the use of floor-to-ceiling windows and metal panels, you can give the illusion of an open, airy design plan while still retaining privacy.

 

 

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