Eco Tip #11 People all over the world want you to get a tiny house. Here's why this is good for you.

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Did you know that there's such a thing as the Tiny House Movement?

US law defines a tiny house as a dwelling unit with a maximum of 37 square metres (400 sq ft) of floor area, excluding lofts. If you, like this writer, are bad at imagining square metres, a quick Google search for "tiny house" will reveal how these homes tend to look.

But, why do people choose these restrictions?

Those spousing the tiny house movement cite that it has helped them "rethink what they value in life, put more effort into strengthening their communities, healing the environment, spending time with their families, and save money." They also represent a (sometimes the only) viable, accessible alternative for people with little savings to afford a house.

Tiny houses are also a big favourite of design and optimization lovers.

With dual-purpose features and multi-functional furniture, the savings allowed by smaller living space enable the inhabitants to implement technological advances and space-saving equipment and appliances. As you probably guessed from the tiny house definition, tiny house lovers are also big fans of vertical spaces or lofts for sleeping and storage.

Whether you build, buy or rent, tiny houses are cheaper than it seems.

Almost everyone would jump to the conclusion that a tiny home should be proportionally cheaper than a larger one. However, most people tend to overestimate the way costs accumulate along with square meters and the savings of downsizing. Some tiny house owners claim to have been able to downsize their living costs by more than 95%, quickly recouping the costs of building in the case of doing so.

Thanks to lower taxes and savings in building, heating, maintenance, and repair expenses, the enthusiastic members of this community have reduced their living cost with the added perks of a lower environmental impact and a minimalistic, uncluttered life. Statistics also indicate that more women than men (55% vs 45%) tend to live in tiny houses, 40% of owners are over 50, and that tiny-housers are twice as likely to hold a Masters Degree.

Should you go and live in a tiny house?

This article's point is not to convince you to renounce all your possessions and join the tiny house movement. As your trusted source of information, we just mean to expose you to an ideology you might not know about, and to get you thinking of changes you might have not ever considered.

Those in the tiny house lifestyle often mention that this decision has helped them lead more adventurous lives, be more environmentally conscious, and scale their financial possibilities. If you too feel like you could use more adventure, an extra buck (or extra time!) and feel for the planet... why not consider downsizing?

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