Tiny Homes are a recent phenomenon that respond to increasing prices of house properties, particularly in the U.S. Tiny Homes promote simple and efficient living, attempting to allow people to live more fulfilling lives through compact and efficient design. In fact, 68% of tiny house owners have no mortgage compared to just 29% of US homeowners who are debt free.
Tiny houses pride themselves on space efficiency; containing a sleeping loft, kitchen and bathroom. They are generally constructed to facilitate a trailer so they are easily portable therefore eliminating the need for land ownership and encouraging mobile and flexible living.
The average size of a tiny home is 17 square metres but they can be between 9 – 37 square metres. The average tiny home is 11 times the size of the average American home, which are about 195 square metres.
Tiny homes have been designed for several reasons, from providing cheaper housing solutions in poor areas to providing a unique accomodation experience for tourists in rainforests. However, the common denominator is often their sustainable design that balances function and aesthetic.
Check out our favourite tiny houses that promote compact and sustainable living.
The “Experience” Home
(Mushroom Cap tiny home, credit: Airbnb)
The “Mushroom Cap” tiny home is Airbnb’s most popular property. Located deep in the woods of California, it provides a unique and memorable travel experience through it’s dome-like features and sky-lights.
The “Make It Your Own”
(Tiny Heirloom, credit: tinyheirloom.com)
“Tiny Heirloom’s” sleek and minimalist design is cleverly designed to create an open and airy space. It also includes a rooftop balcony, making use of each inch of space. The company also promotes personalisation and uniqueness of homes through allowing customers to customise their tiny home.
The “Industrial” One
(Little Lou, credit: https://littleloutinyhouse.com/about/)
“Little Lou” was built by Chrissy Lou who, as a young adult, was sick of living in apartments and wanted a space to call her own. She used reclaimed materials, such as recycled corrugated metal and second-hand bits and pieces, like a metal bathtub found in the bathroom.
(Revolve House, credit: Joanne H. Lee/Santa Clara University)
Built by University students in California this tiny house is decked out with all the eco-friendly gadgets, creating an emission-reducing energy system. “Revolve House” runs on eight off-the-grid solar panels, stores energy in Cradle-to-Cradle-certified saltwater batteries and can rotate on a solar tracking ring to follow the sun, maximising solar efficiency.
No mortgage or debt? Plus a significantly reduced carbon footprint?
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