Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Tiny Trend

Houses are reportedly being built smaller than they have been in recent years, probably because they are more affordable to manage.  This downsizing trend has generated an interesting extreme; and while it doesn't seem to have hit the Midland area just yet, it’s picking up speed in other states and around the world.  What is this extreme trend, you ask?

John Hindman, Red River Restorations: Bungalito
Tiny houses.

We mean really, really tiny houses.

How you would feel about living in a house that is only 300 square feet?  125 square feet?  Even 60?
Cozy, or just cramped?

For some perspective: in cities like New York and L.A. the average apartment is likely to be about 600 square feet.  In the Midland community, most 1-bedroom apartments are roughly 700 square feet.

This concept of tiny living may seem a bit far fetched, but there are a growing number of people that say it isn't too tough at all. Many site the economical and environmental benefits- a 400 square foot house doesn't cost a whole lot to heat. 
Tiny House UK

For the brave of heart, these tiny dwellings can certainly function as full-time homes.  Manufacturers offer them with full (albeit limited) kitchens, bathrooms complete with showers, and sleeping areas that accommodate up to a queen sized bed.

For those that prefer their castles a bit larger,  you can use a tiny house as an addition to your current home.  One can easily be placed in your back yard for guests, studio or office space, your recent college graduate who is moving back home, or just for as a mini vacation spot when you need a little “me time”.


Tennessee Tiny Homes- Mendy's House


Tiny houses are often cheaper to build than a mother-in-law suite above the garage or an addition to an existing home; and they are easily moved if you decide to sell.

But even with all of these interesting facts and wonderful benefits of tiny living, we want to know: What do you think? 
Could you live in a tiny house?  
Would you?  
Leave a comment and let us know!

For more information about Tiny Houses visit these sites:  apartmenttherapy.comstyleblueprint.comcraftcouncil.org

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