Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tiny house movement: What the small house movement means for real people.

What is the tiny house movement?
     In the past few years, the tiny house craze has been sweeping the internet with endless photographs of beautiful tiny homes, tiny houses on wheels and even immaculate tree houses built for tiny kings. The movement it self has become hugely popular do to all the social media coverage, news articles and popular TV series such as tiny house builders. You may ask your self why? Why are these tiny homes so popular? Whats the big deal, and why would someone want to live in such a tiny space? Explaining the tiny house movement will provide the answers to all of these questions you may have and more...
     Many people describe the movement as a social movement designed to downsize ones lifestyle and material belongings. While this statement is true, its rather broad and still leaves many questions, especially to those who aren't yet involved in the tiny house lifestyle. So, instead of providing a dictionary definition, I will just tell you why we are going tiny and what the movement is for us. 
     Going tiny forces you to rid yourself of all the unnecessary material crap that consumes your life. It forces you to make the decision of throwing away or donating things that you haven't touched in 6 months. At first, its really difficult to do, but afterwords you realize how materialistic any one of us can become. Getting rid of the crap frees more space for more important things like love, time, true hobbies and creativity.
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Our tiny house in Missouri
     Going tiny is also great for saving money! Especially if you set up off the grid with things such as solar power and rain collection, your literally cutting out the electric, gas, and water bill; allowing you to save and invest that money elsewhere. Speaking of saving money... The initial tiny house investment can be anywhere from 15-50 thousand dollars depending on the size, style, and materials used to build. Some of you may think that's a lot of money but when you really think about it you'll realize that there's no mortgage, many fewer bills, and (despite popular belief ) tiny houses are built to last just as long if not longer than your traditional home. 
     Considering the average size of a tiny house is usually around 120 square feet, your money and time can be spent focusing on the design and aesthetic of the house and the quality of the materials used, rather than the size. Tiny homes are built specifically for the owner, which means that it doesn't have to bee an all wood interior or be made completely from recycled materials, its yours so it can be made any way you want it to.
     For most people tho, the biggest concern is the space! Can you really share 120 square feet with your spouse or even family? We do! Charles and I have found that are relationship is strong. We manage to fully enjoy each others time and space, and we share it with our husky! The real space is when we have more time to get outside and do the things we love to do so much, like fishing or floating on the river, walking the woods and playing with the dog out side. Living tiny actually encourages a healthier lifestyle. Instead of sitting inside watching television all day, you get out of the house and spend more time in nature!
     So for us, the tiny house movement is a better lifestyle choice. It is downgrading the size of our home, downgrading the cost of keeping it running (including the cost of repairs and upkeep), becoming more mindful of our impact on the environment, living in style and class (not size), giving our self's more time to travel and spend outdoors, and most importantly becoming more spiritual and less material beings.
It may not be for everyone, but it is right for us!

Our current tiny home is a barn or gambrel style tiny home, set on a cinder-block foundation. The current size is 116 square feet but we are in the process of constructing a small add on which will bump it up to about 125 square feet. We have solar power along with a hook up for a generator encase we ever need it. We are also deciding on how to do a rain collection and filtration system for plumbing. Our journey started out with being prepared and having a place that is completely self-sustainable with no reliance on the grid. you can view our video walk through HERE.

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