13 July 2018 | News
Sustainable, small and cheap: the tiny house movement presents a real alternative to paying ever increasing rent charges and expensive mortgage repayments (if you can get the mortgage in the first place that is)! But opinions are mixed. Some see tiny houses essentially as garden sheds, but modern designers are taking small spaces and transforming them into something wonderful, which many people are welcoming with open arms. So, we wanted to investigate, does this new concept stand a chance?
“I need the space”
While one would assume that globalization and digitalisation would decrease the need for space, with more and more life aspects being moved online, in fact it has done the opposite. We now live in a world where the majority of people want things quicker, bigger, and better and assets can be obtained by just a click of a button. Clothes, homeware, cool gadgets and gizmos – people want it all and they want it now. In fact – British consumers spend £21.7 billion on impulse purchases each year.1. Deals are getting more competitive, materialism is promoted constantly on social media, and the instantaneous nature of purchasing means in the long run – we have more things! In response to this, designers are building homes that are much bigger than they once were.
This is occurring in a time whereby energy efficiency is at the forefront of the global agenda. This is where the paradox lays, innovation in energy efficiency arguably grids to a halt while we continue to build bigger houses in response to the growing need for space. While the appetite to consume and grow increases, so will the house sizes.
Enter “The Small House Movement”.
The Small House Movement
This anti-movement against consumerism and the housing industry made its way here from the U.S to Germany. It started during the financial crisis, and while originally the designs were “basic” – with people simply converting ugly shacks and rusty train compartments – todays small houses embrace everything modern. With innovative interiors and environmentally friendly technology, people have streamlined small house living.
The formal definition of a tiny house is 40 square meters or less, but most of the houses are much smaller – saving their inhabitants a lot of money and using much less energy than your standard house. When you decide to buy a tiny house, you are making a statement that you are ecologically and socially aware. Many brands have started to embrace lifestyle products to promote this new way of living, including Apple, Nike and Tesla.
So, how do they help the environment?
Not only are tiny houses cheaper to buy and bring savings in that you will buy less assets, they also help to save the environment. And that begins with their production. They are usually built with largely with natural materials and renewable resources. If you were to build a one hundred square meter energy efficient house, you could heat the house for a hundred winters with the energy savings in comparison to building a conventional house.
And often, tiny houses are built to generate energy. By installing solar panels in the home, this can flow into battery storage for on-going use. Barrels can collect rain water, which can be used to run toilets.
Become an adventurer.
Fancy living by the seaside? The beach? Or beside a beautiful mountain view?
Tiny houses are perfect for single-tons and couples who want to explore the world! They provide extremely flexible living situations combined with relatively small income – and the more you do yourself the less it will cost.
You can build tiny houses that are portable – such as trailers and caravans – meaning you are free to find your own space and explore the world and still have the comforts of a home. No need to worry about neighbours or landlords – you are able to have a lot more freedom in comparison to conventional houses and go on the road-trips you’ve always dreamed of.
Things to remember…
While there are many benefits to the tiny house movement, do remember that there will be rules and regulations that need to be followed including building codes, planning permissions and permits. Which do cost money and time. Despite this, the tiny house movement has continued to grow with many urban areas across the world with governments coming on board. The Berlin government recently started a model project with the goal of creating tiny house living areas with rents from as little as 100€ per month.
When considering the benefits, we can look at the tiny house movement as a positive change for a competitive housing market, especially for those who are struggling to fund a home or are conscious of becoming more energy efficient. This movement may stand the test of time and change the way in which we live for the better!
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