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It is a widely regarded fact that we are running out of space on this green Earth. Efforts are currently being made to reduce land usage, such as the Vegan movement, urban and rural planning, and lab-grown meat, reducing required land by up to 99%. Another popular trend is currently making waves, and that is the Tiny Home movement.
The Tiny Home movement is currently popular because they are designed to use minimal space with maximum functionality. Additionally, most tiny homes are designed around sustainability, such as generating their own power, recycling waste, and using repurposed materials. They are so popular that billionaire Elon Musk reportedly lives in a tiny home. They are even a feature in the massively popular video game The Sims 4.
Designed to Your Specifications
Most people design a tiny home around their own specific needs. This is the beauty of traditional custom built homes, and the same principles apply to small houses. Building a tiny home from the ground up allows you to design it around what you need it for. As a result, they are beneficial for singles or couples, and creative space-saving solutions are often implemented.
Of course, one of the most significant benefits of a tiny home is the cost. The average United States home costs $290,000, yet a tony home can be built for as little as $10,000. Furthermore, there are specialized tiny home companies that will make these homes for you. Even Amazon is selling prefabricated tiny homes that you can build yourself.
Almost Anything Can be Used
It isn’t uncommon for people to convert an existing structure into a tiny home. Some of the best examples include converted sheds and old caravans. However, creativity never ends, and almost anything can be used to provide a quirky home. More creative tiny houses come in a disused public toilet in London, a seaside shack, and even a public phone box.
One of the driving forces behind the Tiny Home movement is growing sustainability awareness. Most tiny homes are repurposed structures such as vans, caravans, sheds, and shacks. These are purchased at a low cost and refurbished on a budget. In addition, most projects are designed around sustainability, including recycled materials with as small a carbon footprint as possible.
The reduced footprint and limited layout of a tiny home mean they don’t have the space or intricate and complex electric, heating and plumbing systems. Therefore, creative solutions have been designed to include these required features with minimal impact. For example, it isn’t uncommon for a tiny home to be powered by renewable energy and heated with geological systems. Many also include complex waste management systems that recycle wastewater for reuse.
A Like-Minded Community
Many tiny homes are cute, dainty and quirky, and sometimes wacky. Yet within the movement lies an important message that most participants understand. And that is that something needs to be done about declining landmass. Most people in the community are aware of many of the most critical issues today and how we need to address the balance between man and nature.