It’s been almost a decade that I’ve been involved in the tiny house movement and during that time I have seen it go through so many changes. Perhaps a better way to put it is, the tiny house movement has involved in so many ways. Generally speaking, tiny houses don’t look like they did many years ago.
Having a front row seat to the buying and selling aspect of the house movement, it has been interesting to see tiny houses make the shift from homes that appealed to a very small segment of the population, to larger ones with more conveniences that appeal to a much broader audience of potential tiny house dwellers.
Back then, tiny houses were usually something like 16 feet long, the bathroom had barely enough room to do your business (knees pressed against the wall) and if you were a guy like me at 6’4”, good luck.
Circa 2009, I can remember sitting in the barber chair asking the question “have you heard of tiny houses?” Of course, a blank face stared back at me. Now, I ask the same question and I have the entire barber shop’s attention. The reply is usually something like “I love tiny houses!”
Needless to say, there have been
But the true reason I believe more people are interested in living in a tiny house is because of things like uncertain market conditions, more and more people becoming disinterested in a consumerist lifestyle, living continuously with debt and overall just wanting to live more simply.
To accommodate the changing taste in tiny houses, tiny house builders began building larger tiny houses and with more amenities like dishwashers, washer/dryer units, off-grid systems, high-end kitchens and so on. It isn’t uncommon to see a 40’ long tiny house for sale at Tiny House Listings.
Now I know
The Tiny Casa
So, giving that tiny houses have gotten larger because that is what people are wanting, naturally the prices have risen to meet the tiny house dweller’s requirements. Even still, tiny houses are a fraction of the price of regular homes. And if you consider the amount of money you save by living in one? Not even comparable.
While the purists out there (admittedly, I was one of them for a good long while) would love for the tiny house movement to stay what others would consider fringe, I personally see so many people considering tiny that otherwise wouldn’t have
The good news is, if you think that tiny houses are still too expensive or are getting too luxurious, there are lots of builders out there that can help. Or you could always go the DIY approach and make your tiny house as cheap and tiny as you want!
Here’s a video I put together that goes into what I’ve been saying here in this post.
Steven Harrell is the founder of Tiny House Listings and long-time tiny house advocate.