The average American home is around 2,500 square feet, and some of them are far larger than that. With environmental concerns growing, there is a movement starting that says that’s far too big. Populations are growing and resources are dwindling, and we all need to cut back on space if we’re going to have space for everybody to live. The tiny house movement is a group of people that are trying to push forward the idea of living in much smaller houses, that still have everything that you need in them. Their average size is about a hundred feet. By getting rid of all the unnecessary clutter and just keeping what we actually need, they say we could all cut the size of our houses drastically. So, if you’re interested, here’s everything you need to know about the tiny house movement and how you can get involved yourself.
Building Your Own Tiny House
Before you build your tiny house, you’ll need to work out exactly what goes in it. That means getting rid of a lot of your stuff. Go through and decide what you absolutely need to keep and chuck everything away. That will give you an idea of how much space you’ll need. Then you can call in a residential moving service to move everything to the new site when it’s finished.
You’ll have limited space so you need to decide on your priorities. If you love to cook, then make the kitchen slightly larger and sacrifice some of the living room space. Perhaps you aren’t bothered about a large bedroom so you can add some of that extra space elsewhere. Whatever you decide, you’ll have to make sacrifices somewhere.
Consider how you’re going to get everything inside as well. It won’t be as easy as it is with a normal house. If you don’t make provisions while you’re in the planning stages, you’ll end up in a real pickle when you try to furnish it later on.
One of the primary reasons that people are choosing to move out of their huge houses and into a tiny one is the cost. The average American citizen spends somewhere between a third and a half of their monthly income on rents or mortgages. That’s a huge chunk of your income and over the years it will add up. Over your lifetime, the average sized house, including maintenance costs etc. will cost you up to a million dollars. As a result of this, over seventy percent of people say that they are living paycheck to paycheck.
People that live in tiny houses don’t have anywhere near as many of these problems. Around thirty percent of normal homeowners have paid off their mortgage. When you compare this to tiny homeowners, seventy percent of which are mortgage free, the difference is astounding. This is because a normal sized house is going to cost you somewhere between two and three hundred thousand dollars. The average tiny house costs twenty three thousand dollars to build. If you have a good amount of savings then you might not need a loan at all to build your new place. The benefits of this add up over the years and tiny house owners tend to have more savings and better pension provisions than their average sized counterparts.
Environmental concerns drive a lot of the people in this movement and for good reason. Heating large homes and filling them with things puts out a lot of pollutants. Buildings are responsible for three quarters of the electricity that we use and over a third of the carbon dioxide that we produce. With the average home size increasing at an alarming rate, these numbers are only going to get higher. When you downgrade to a tiny house, the space that you need to heat is minimized. That means the costs, both environmental and financial, are significantly reduced.
Gathering construction materials also has an environmental cost because we are cutting down trees. Three quarters of the wood we cut down is used for home buildings. The bigger the buildings, the more trees we cut down. So, you can see that smaller homes mean less deforestation. More trees, in turn, reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and so it offsets some of the other negative effects that we are having on the environment.
Hopefully, this has given you something to think about and, even if you’re not ready to move into a tiny house, you might think about downsizing.