Bigger is not always better if you’re on board with the Tiny House Movement.
If you’re looking to downsize your home, but not your quality of living, then perhaps it’s time to consider getting on board with The Tiny House Movement and living in a house a fraction of the size of the standard family home.
This social movement and architectural trend started to gain momentum around 2005 in America, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the country and affordable emergency housing was needed immediately. In addition, people had already been seeking alternatives to ‘The American Dream’ and more and more people were becoming unwilling to spend their lives working just to consume more.
Many everyday Americans were looking for ways to decrease their debt and become financially free. Other people held concerns about the impact our inflated lifestyles were having on the environment, while the appeal of not having a fixed address was a drawcard for others.
The average Australian home is 2450 square feet (and that estimate keeps increasing every year), whereas a Tiny House ranges between 100 to 400 square feet. Even though Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms and can be fitted out with every modern luxury, Australians have to been slow to embrace this unusual property trend.
James Galletly, aka The Upcyclist, builds Tiny Houses in Australia with as much recycled content as possible.
“The perks are debt-free home ownership, living with a small environmental footprint, having everything you need at your fingertips, low home maintenance costs, limited house cleaning, a self-imposed limit to shopping and being freed from excessive focus on material possessions,” he says.
“People generally want to live in Tiny Houses because of the lifestyle it affords them. Once freed from the financial pressure to repay a mortgage and maintain a large home, people are able to pursue goals that interest them, and not just ones that pay the bills.”
James acknowledges that most Australians see Tiny Houses as a quirky curiosity rather than a practical lifestyle choice, but he thinks that will change soon.
“The idea of Tiny House living is still relatively new in Australia,” he explains, “and most people are just shopping for dreams. Soon there will come a tipping point when the doers outweigh the dreamers and Tiny Houses will start popping up all over Australia!”