What are the reasons people consider living in a tiny house?

Tiny houses are growing in popularity and have an increasing audience. And that is not without a reason. There are many reasons why people consider living in a tiny house. This article will discuss a number of them.

Live environmentally friendly

One of the most popular reasons for people to consider living in a tiny house is the desire to live more environmentally friendly. Studies show that about 74% of the western world and an even bigger percentage of gen Z and the millennials want to reduce their impact on the environment and nature by a large amount.

This is mostly due to concerns about climate change, the destruction of natural habitats, pollution, and other events going on in the world that are harmful to the environment. The tiny house lifestyle offers people the opportunity to reduce their impact. For tiny houses, more sustainable materials are used in the construction.

Think of wool that serves the insulation purpose and functions as an air filter, fire-resistant material, and sound absorber. Another popular sustainable material is bamboo. Bamboo is naturally very strong, has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than wood or even concrete, has big tensile strength, and grows much faster than wood.

Reduced energy expenses

Tiny houses also have reduced energy expenses. You don’t have to use much heating on cold days for a small house, and in some cases, the use of materials and windows causes natural heating and cooling to an extent that conventional heating and cooling systems are not necessary.

Special triple glazed windows and doors that meet certain requirements make this possible. And so do air-tight constructions. Air leaking through the walls results in energy loss, and these constructions prevent that from happening.

Minimalism and simplicity

People are naturally prone to collecting stuff that they do not need. In fact, the need for storage space is one of the biggest reasons for people to move into bigger houses.

In the last 40 years, the average house size in the United States has grown by almost 50%. The tiny house movement is a dissenting voice and embraces simplicity. Simplicity has many advantages for your personal wellbeing, such as:

  • More focus. You know better where to put your energy and do not get distracted easily by other things.
  • Clarity of mind. Studies show that when we clear out our closets and get rid of all unnecessary things, we have much more mental clarity and peace of mind.
  • Increased self-confidence. Minimalism is ‘alternative’ compared to how most people’s situations. But this lifestyle will make you realize that you do not need to do what everyone else is doing. You determine what is best for yourself and embrace this, resulting in a more intentional lifestyle.

Low costs

Tiny houses are much smaller and therefore much cheaper than conventional houses. On average, a tiny house is about one-tenth the price of a standard home (+/- $270.000 / €300.000). Most tiny house owners, therefore, have no mortgage and reduced insurance and taxes.

Also, a smaller house means a smaller place to heat. This means that you will need less gas. The same accounts for water. Many tiny houses have compostable toilets, meaning that no water will be used for flushing.

Oftentimes, tiny house dwellers incorporate rain catchment systems that will act as the primary source of water. Water that is being caught in the basin flows through a filtration system in the tiny house, which is designed in a way that only uses a very small amount of energy.

Low costs have many advantages. You will have more money (and time) for traveling and spending your money the way you want to spend it. Tiny house owners are more likely to have financial freedom.

Other reasons

These are the three biggest reasons, but there are many other reasons for people to consider living in a tiny house.

  • Mobility – many tiny houses have wheels, meaning that the owner has the freedom to move residency whenever he/she wants to. Also, a tiny house on wheels save a lot of money in lodging fees.
  • More freedom and control – cities have jurisdiction of what is allowed and not allowed to do to a home. Conventional houses therefore have struggles with even the smallest renovations. Tiny houses on the other hand do not have to comply with those strict regulations.
Josh Davidson

Josh Davidson

Josh is a freelance writer and avid outdoorsman. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science and has done his best since to live location-independent. He's been a firm supporter of the tiny movement, new homesteaders, and sustainable alternative living and used his knowledge of these topics to convert a 1999 Dodge Ram van to explore as much of Wild America as he could reach.
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