It's hard not to be inspired by a blog like Little Digs, a site dedicated to living in spaces 500 square feet or smaller.
This month, they featured a story about Macy Miller, an architect living in Idaho who spent two years building her beautiful 196 square foot home for only $11,000. She's currently living in the house with her great dane puppy and is giving birth to a baby girl next month. She plans to continue living simply for at least three years so she can stay home and raise her daughter. There are several photos of her tiny home here.
A recent New York Times article, Freedom in 704 Square Feet, featured a couple of academics who built their tiny home to free up more of their income for education expenses. They also wanted to live somewhere that was low maintenance, so they could focus their time and energy on other projects and interests.
I've been fascinated by the idea of living in a tiny home for quite a while now, but I suspect the interest was piqued upon discovering Tennessee Tiny Homes. First, I love the design and efficiency of these houses; everything has its place and no space goes unused. In addition to their smaller carbon footprint, I'm attracted to the low cost and the simple lifestyle. I may be in the minority, but there are a lot more tiny house people than you may think.
The FYI television network (formerly known as the Bio Channel) is even launching a ten episodes of a new show called Tiny House Nation, exploring the tiny house movement and their lower impact on the environment.
Still not sold on tiny houses?
An infographic on The Tiny Life blog shared some surprising statistics:
– 68% of tiny house people have no mortgage, compared to 29.3% of all U.S. homeowners.
– 55% of tiny house people have more savings than the average American, with a median of $10,972 in the bank.
– 78% of tiny house people own their own home, compared to 65% of homeowners with traditional houses.
– The average cost to build a tiny house is $23,000 if built by the owner vs. $272,000 for a standard-sized house.
– The average tiny house is 186 square feel while the standard U.S. house takes up nearly 2,100 square feet!
– 89% of tiny house people have less credit card debt than the average American, with 65% of tiny house people having zero credit card debt.
While the tiny house lifestyle may not be for everyone, it's hard not to recognize the positives of living this way, especially for someone on a tight budget. Who wouldn't want to pay off their mortgage, pay a fraction of their utility bills, and free up a lot more money to save?
And living in a yurt would be pretty freaking cool.
Readers: What's your stance on the tiny house movement? Would you ever consider downsizing?