It’s no secret that the world is facing a housing shortage. With more people than ever before in urban areas, cities have been struggling to keep up with the demand for affordable houses. This has led to the rise of expensive, luxury apartments and condos which are out of reach for most people. And although there’s some progress being made on this front, it may not be enough to meet needs over time.
So what can we do? We could build taller buildings – but that would require even more space and resources than we already need! The best solution might just be tiny houses – smaller dwellings that use less energy and take up less land while still providing plenty of room for all your essentials (and maybe a few nice extras). If you’re still not convinced, let’s take a look at how tiny houses are key to sustainable living.
A small intro to tiny houses
Tiny houses are a type of micro-buildings that usually range in size from just 100 square feet to 400 or 500 square feet, and they’re more affordable than traditional housing while still providing ample space for most people. According to the American Tiny House Association (ATHA), these dwellings appeal to those who “love design, nature and simple living.” They can also be customized in an almost infinite number of ways: you can choose any materials you like, as well as any color(s) or decorating style. For more information about tiny houses, here is a great article to help you get started:
10 benefits of tiny houses
Tiny houses can provide many other benefits that make them an attractive option. Let’s take a look at just a few of those right now:
1 – Save money
Tiny houses are much cheaper to buy and maintain than traditional houses because they require less energy and use fewer materials overall. According to ATHA, “the average cost of renovation for a 775 sq ft house is over $120k” while the same renovations on a 100-400 sq foot tiny house might only be around $10k-$15k. Not bad, huh? Many people also argue that since there are so many small things you can do yourself in your tiny house (like repainting or installing new fixtures), it can be even easier to cut costs further.
2 – Build wealth
In addition to saving money, tiny houses can also help you build wealth over time. For example, if you decide to rent out your tiny house at some point in the future instead of selling it, you could make a nice profit from the increased value! The average American spends $1k-$10k per month on housing costs. If you’re spending less than that (say, half), then investing those extra savings in a stock market index fund should result in substantial growth over time. Simply put: “smaller living spaces = freedom and financial abundance.”
3 – Save space
One of the biggest benefits of these small dwellings is how much less space they take up when compared to traditional houses. This is particularly important in urban areas where there isn’t much space, to begin with, and they can save you a lot of time because you don’t have to clean as often (particularly the kitchen and bathrooms). Saving space also means a lower amount of digging, as well as cutting down trees particularly if you live in a greener region, thereby lowering your impact on the ecosystem
4 – Branded as eco friendly
One of the most common reasons why people decide to build tiny houses is their sustainability. Tiny houses require fewer materials, use less energy (and thus produce less waste) than traditional houses do. As we’ve already discussed above, this makes them an eco-friendly option that has a minimal carbon footprint.
5 – Live in areas with less pollution
Not just anyone can build a house on the beach or build in other areas that have height restrictions, but tiny houses can be built almost anywhere. This makes them popular with people who want to live as close as possible to natural areas or seascapes… and it also allows them to avoid living next door to noisy neighbors and the constant pollution around them!
6 – Make great starter houses
Tiny houses are a great option if you’re trying to save money for a larger home, or even something else like a college fund or retirement account. Don’t underestimate this structural shift: it’s not just about saving money over the long run; it’s also about increasing your quality of life now too!
As a starter house, you’ll also be able to better manage how you can become more sustainable, and once you move on to a larger house with your family later, you’ll already have most of your lifestyle sorted out when it comes to being eco friendly.
7 – Be a minimalist
One drawback to larger houses is that they require more time spent cleaning and arranging things. People who live in tiny houses generally report having very little clutter or mess, because there’s simply no room for it! This makes them popular among those who are interested in minimalism or simplifying their lives; which also means that your carbon footprint remains at a low!
8 – Easier access to nature
Studies have shown that spending time in natural areas is good for our health, and helps alleviate our concern for the environment. Living in areas close to trees and plants (or even having them right outside your house) has a similar effect: people are happier and more sustainable when there’s easy access to green spaces near the house!
9 – Save energy
Because tiny houses use less energy than traditional houses do, not only will you save hundreds of dollars every month just from that alone, but also massively reduce the energy consumption of your house… especially if you live somewhere with harsh winters or summers!
10 – Reduced construction time
It’s no secret that building a house is expensive, and time-consuming! With every day of construction, you are also polluting the air by drilling, forging, or welding metal, as well as other construction material (not to mention the use of machinery which runs on gas!). Tiny houses are so inexpensive to build and take less time to build too, which cuts down the release of fumes dramatically compared to a regular house.
Tips for building your new tiny house or finding one to buy
It is important that you need to do your research before actually looking to buy or build a new tiny house. After all, you don’t want to get stuck in something that, instead of making your life easier, actually makes living difficult and burns a hole in your pocket. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before buying or building one for yourself.
- If you’re really interested in living small, then building a tiny house may be a decision that you’re willing to take. It takes about $12,000-$15,000 worth of materials, about 3 months’ time, and 4-6 helpers to build a tiny house. This is just an estimate, though; the exact cost can vary depending on where you live and what your needs are. Be sure to calculate all costs before making your decision, instead of diving right in and thinking you’ll be able to complete it within a few weeks.
- There are dedicated companies that work on building tiny houses for sale. If you have the skills needed to do it yourself but aren’t exactly sure how… or if you’d rather not spend all that time working with others on something this size, then hiring professionals may be a good option for you! Whatever type of house you’re interested in having built, they’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that it’s exactly what you want for a price that can work within your budget.
- Visit tiny house communities to get inspired. If getting the materials and building supplies to make your own isn’t an option, then you can always look at completed micro-houses! Many people who build or buy tiny houses end up visiting one of the many tiny house communities around the country. Not only will this take some time out of your schedule to do something fun, but it’ll also help you find new ideas for living small!
If you’re interested in making a change to your lifestyle for the better, tiny houses can offer a lot of benefits – and while living big might seem appealing, it’s important to know that this isn’t always the best option… especially when you consider all of the extra costs involved. Tiny houses are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional housing that can really save you money over time!