Posted December 04, 2015 by RentJungle
Apartment Market TrendsBig, spacious, and prestigious or small, compact, and resourceful? Believe it or not, when it comes to choosing a home more people are shifting focus to the second set of adjectives. It has become known as the tiny house movement and it’s the latest housing trend that’s making a bigger-than-life statement.

From 20-somethings paying off student loans to downsizing retirees, people of all walks of life are calling these tiny dwellings home. Let’s dive deeper into the fascinating topic:

What is the definition of a tiny home?

The truth is it is quite subjective. But the general rule of thumb, according to The Tiny House Community, is a house that is less than 400 square feet, whether on wheels or a foundation. A “small home” is considered to be between 400 and 1000 square feet. The tiny house movement is a simple one –it’s a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in.

Why are people shifting gears towards tiny living?

For some, it’s a refreshing lifestyle change, adjusting to a smaller space where you can only fit your essentials. It’s a complete shift in focus from today’s usual message and standards. Your belongings and possessions become fewer, but your freedom and time for relationships and experiences grow exponentially, especially if your house is on wheels allowing you the mobility to travel often.

For others, it’s a combination of the lifestyle change and more concrete reasons, such as financial and environmental concerns. Think Progress reports that Americans spend a shocking 30.2% of their median income on rent, the highest cost burden recorded by Zillow since the real estate firm began tracking the figure in 1979. So it makes sense why so many people are attracted to the alternative of living smaller.

What is the greatest obstacle of tiny house living?

The biggest challenge most people face is finding a place to put their home because of zoning regulations and building codes. Many communities require houses to be at least 1,000 square feet in order for construction of a new home regardless of who owns the land. The Tiny House Community sums up today’s legal standings best by saying:

“Legally, a tiny house on wheels is considered an RV, and a tiny house on a foundation is considered an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). We tiny housers need a new legal definition for a tiny house, separate from an RV or ADU, but that will take time. For now, we need to work within this framework.”

It’s more likely than not you’ve seen these tiny homes on HGTV, daydreamed about their cute design and architecture on pinterest, but the real question remains - could you adapt to the “tiny house, big living” mentality?

(Image courtesy of Tammy Strobel)
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