Modern Tiny Houses > Big Fascination

big-fascination-tiny-housesRecently I’ve been intrigued by the modern Tiny House movement.

Instead of a life of debt, uncertainty and monetary over-commitment, many people are beginning to explore the idea of ‘tiny houses’; little homes that are in the  neighborhood of 200 – 400 square feet and carry a cost ranging from around $10,000 to $50,000 US. And they’re beautiful.

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Many of them are on wheels to get around both literally, and figuratively –zoning is a bit of a headache and having it on wheels sometimes helps.

We’ve seen them on television, and those who live in one are quite passionate about their modern tiny house.

Personally, I think living lean and bootstrapping in Thailand for a year (so far) has warmed me up to the idea. It’s all you need. Low ecological footprint, low cost, no nonsense, and it’s not stapled to the ground.

The majority of these photos are of a “hOMe”, the first tiny house to really resonate with me and grab my eye. The hOMe tiny house costs a mere $65 US per square foot to construct, adding up to $22,700 US and change.

Add a composting toilet, appliances and cabinetry and that sets you back another $10k, give or take.

Grand total: $33,000

print-tiny-house-building-plansThe occupants (and architects) of this 207 sq. ft. home –the Morrison’s, embody a lifestyle many of us long for— a life free from soul crushing mortgage debt, lobotomizing work routines, a fixed address, and a healthy sense of well-being.

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For others it isn’t about freeing up additional funds or peace of mind: It’s about surviving a recession that won’t seem to dissipate.

Rising housing/energy/utility costs and environmental damage to peoples’ homes or environment are making them turn to this cheaper, more flexible living option.

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No matter the reason behind this new tiny house trend, it appears to be expanding. Tiny home seekers and dwellers are gathering online to swap construction tips, and discuss building code legislation.

Communities are springing up everywhere.

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This certainly will not be the last of tiny houses from Hobo with a Laptop. Although their return on investment looks great on paper, I’m more interested in the intangible.

The utility these (often mobile) homes provide their occupants while reconnecting them with nature, and making living a “digital nomad” lifestyle (of working online and living abroad, remotely) a little easier is liberating.

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Does the tiny house trend have substance or is it a passing fad? Let me know what you think of tiny houses in the comments, or check out MorningChores for an expanded look at the cost of a tiny house.

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  1. driving it around would be awesome… but why not just buy a truck instead, and modify the crap out of it? hehe

    1. That would be a really cool idea, too. Or decking out a shipping container.
      This site just launched today, let’s see where it goes!

  2. I’ve been drooling over Tiny Houses too, for a while. Or daydreaming of someday living in an Earthship, which would be equally amazing!

    1. Earthship, you say? Cool! Yeah, I am debating what to do when I eventually return to Canada from Thailand, what to work towards. Can’t decide between the East coast or Ontario. I figured I shouldn’t force myself to decide –and look into Tiny Houses while I figure it out 😉

  3. “Passing fad”? I don’t believe so. As more and more realize that material things, life long debt, and non stop working for someone else is not the way to happiness and contentment, the more people will opt out on
    “the old American Dream” for the New American Dream…smaller is better and more “stuff” isn’t more happiness but more heaviness.

    1. Completely agree with you, Deborah. A little more time and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more tiny homes.

    1. I don’t think they will. And if they do, people will relocate and become a taxpayer in some other city or town.

      On one hand, tiny houses solve a municipal problem, but on the other, governments don’t want Grapes of Wrath shanty towns, either. So we’ll see.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing the photos and story of this couple’s Tiny House process. I am at the beginning of my journey and found this intriguing and inspiring.

    1. Very pleased to hear, Evelyn! And you’re very welcome. I had a real kick out of writing and researching this piece. It was only intended to be a one-off article before getting more into the subject of off-grid living –but I couldn’t resist!

  5. Wow that is a Great deal when you are fed up with some of the tenant in build Freedom to not be bugged by the individual who is being an ass…. Home will be Freedom to whatever. …on your terms. ..What Canada’s about. Pamela Mitchell.

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