Fulfill your Dream of a Tiny House
Are you a part of the movement that chooses to simplify your life; to downsize your living space and make do with less?
There is a movement that is taking place at the moment and it's not a trend but much more than that. People around the globe are looking closely at their lifestyle and wanting to make changes, changes that will impact the state of the planet. The principle of downsizing to a smaller home, in order to simplify your life and learning to live with less, is being embraced as part of the tiny house movement. Are you ready to give up your current lifestyle, to trade it in for something far less than what you currently have, all in the name of reducing your carbon footprint and to stand up for this philosophy?
Tiny houses might be, well.... small, but what they lack in size is usually made up for by what these small homes can contain. It is all about clever design and squeezing as much as possible into a small space.
Even the smallest tiny house, like the one shown in these images, are fitted with all the latest modern conveniences and connected to electricity and plumbing services.
When did the Tiny House Movement Begin?
Way, way back in the 1970s, the foundation was laid for the tiny house movement when Allan Wexler looked at the possibilities for living smaller, although you can go further back than that if you read Henry David Thoreau's story 'Walden' that was published in 1854 and documents his life in a small cabin. After the movement founded by Allan Wexler, architects and interior designers took cognisance of his efforts on how downsizing would impact the environment yet lead to a simpler lifestyle that many already wanted to embrace.
In the early 1980s, the tiny house movement started to gain more traction and enthusiasts around the globe started to investigate the pros and cons of living in a tiny house, and how architectural and interior design principles could affect how people can live in a tiny house without sacrificing on comfort and practicality.
From that time onwards, several tiny house movements have established themselves as spokespeople for those interested in a simpler life, one that removes the constraints of being a homeowner and makes living off the grid an option rather than a dream.
Tiny house design relies on the ability to manage the available floor space to contain everything needed for day-to-day living.
What is the Tiny House Movement?
The principle of the tiny house movement is not just about downsizing to a smaller home but is a lifestyle change for those who want a simpler life and be more in touch with nature and their surroundings. It is also about living off the land and living off the grid, not being dependent on others and becoming more self-sufficient. Whether it is growing your own food or using nature's resources for energy and power, there's more to the tiny house movement than just the tiny house!
The tiny house movement is geared towards improving your quality of life by only concentrating on things that matter to you.
We spend a large majority of our younger lives working our butts off to save up enough to be able to afford that first step on the property ladder. Once we achieve that goal, the next step is to furnish our homes with things. From there it is an ongoing struggle to move up the property ladder to afford more; larger, more expensive, more things. But is this really what you want; do you need to work so hard to achieve a life that, at the end of the day, you didn't ultimately want?
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The principle of the tiny house movement is not just about downsizing to a smaller home but is a lifestyle change for those who want a simpler life and be more in touch with nature and their surroundings
How do you Live in a Tiny House?
First and foremost, you need to make the decision to move into a tiny house. This is not just about downgrading to a smaller property and sorting through what you can take with you to your new - smaller - home, it's about a complete life change; giving up what you have for more practical furniture and taking the opportunity to be more self-sufficient.
Not just a trend, tiny homes offer a practical solution to our affordable housing crisis along with the negative environmental impacts of continuous development and greenhouse emissions (up to 40% of the total) that are generated by powering large homes.
The principle behind the tiny home movement is to reduce carbon footprint (by as much as 70%), lower day-to-day living costs and reap the benefits of a lifestyle that matters and lets you enjoy life.
Before you even think about trying the tiny house lifestyle, make sure to do a lot of research on what is involved so that at least you are prepared before you take that final step. If it is just a single person or couple, it shouldn't be too much of a change, but for a family, it can bring about a massive upheaval with resulting complications.
Keep in mind that when downsizing to a tiny house, you will have a much lower cost for electricity - or zero cost if you set up to run solely on solar power, your monthly home loan payment will be lower, as will rates and taxes, and you will spend less on groceries by being more self-sufficient and growing your own organic produce. Are you ready to leave the rat race?
Set Down a Plan of Action
Some people believe that by becoming a tiny homeowner, one that is self-reliant and self-sufficient, that you break away from societal norms. This is not the case, even when designing or building a tiny house you are regulated by local bylaws and municipal regulations. You cannot simply buy a piece of land on which to build your tiny house.
It might help to get in touch with a company that specialises in tiny home design and manufacture. These guys already have an 'in' into what can and cannot be done and will be able to assist with networking for everything that you need to start your new life.