What is a tiny house
Who said that a beautiful house has to be big and spacious? Tiny Houses reinvent the concept of living space and distort it, showing that quality is more important than quantity. An important reversal, if you think about the fact that only twenty years ago, the economic boom of the eighties and nineties led to thinking exactly the opposite, in favour of unbridled consumerism. Now this is no longer the case.
And in fact, one only has to look closer to see the community of people who have opted for tiny houses. They have no mortgages or debts, and have made savings. In a tiny house, nothing is missing. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a fireplace, and all this in only a few square metres.
So the questions are these: What is a tiny house? Why to build a big house when we can have the same comfort, with reduced costs and less environmental impact, in a tiny house? Is it possible to live in a tiny house?
The answer of thousands of families is simple: yes, of course. There are those who choose it for ethical reasons, the fight against consumerism; those who want to avoid steep mortgages; those who don’t want a life with a nightmare of debt.
How did the idea of tiny houses started
Life is increasingly accelerated and full of excesses and more and more people are looking for a simple life. Some of these people identify with the way of life of The Tiny House Movement, uniting their search for a sustainable and minimalist life that allows freedom.
Although still not widespread, The Tiny House Movement is growing. This social movement, which defends life with less, has created a debate on the real need for a big house, which we have all learned from society and media, as being the convenient way.
Many families join The Tiny House Movement, but most of them are single, childless couples and pensioners who identify most with this way of life. They are people who are looking for a lower cost of living and a better quality of life, without compromising their comfort.
When you live in a reduced environment, you become more aware of the things you have, the stuff you don’t need in the cupboards, and therefore in your life.
Why people opt for a tiny house
The constant rise in real estate prices and the increasing dynamism of life make many people think about whether it really makes sense to invest in real estate and its long-term financing, in a place where you are not sure you will live all your life, as your parents and grandparents did.
Tiny houses are often associated with a new, super sustainable way of living, renouncing vices, waste, useless objects and favouring the economy of the land with the consequent achievement of self-sufficiency in energy.
Tiny houses certainly offer an ecological way of life indoors with minimal spaces designed for those who have decided to leave normal life behind and make a new existential, ecological, ethical and romantic choice. However, there are some uncomfortable truths about these pretty little houses and there are problems hiding behind them.
What are the advantages of living in a tiny house
The advantages of living in a tiny house are far more convincing than its disadvantages. And the architects consider it a challenge, to say the least, to fit all the essential living spaces into a few square metres. An opportunity to show creativity and skill in designing not only a breathable and efficient shell, but also flexible design elements such as beds that can be used as sofas, tables that fold up and hidden storage space in the most unthinkable places. Since many people have chosen and continue to choose to live in tiny houses, there are certain advantages including:
- Costs: A tiny house costs less and has lower operating costs than a big house.
- Environment: well-designed tiny houses can have a very low impact on the environment.
- Waste reduction: With limited space, purchases should be limited to what is really essential.
- Location: Tiny houses can be placed in excellent locations and, although not always with great ease, can be moved if necessary.
- Nature: Reduced indoor spaces, encourages spending more time outdoors, in contact with nature, on the move.
What are the disadvantages of living in a tiny house
People are obviously different: each of us has different needs and adaptability, so the question is how many people can really cope with all the difficulties and sacrifices of living in such small spaces? Few. In fact, this way of life could lead to health and social complications. Human beings do not live well in overcrowded spaces, undersized in relation to their needs, and this disturbing truth is confirmed by studies. Some disadvantages include:
- Inconvenient for long period: Because of the limited space, it is not easy to live in a tiny house for too long. This type of houses is best suited for use during holidays or weekends. Most people who own one do not use it as their first residence.
- Uncomfortable for daily movements: It is clear that, always because of the very small spaces, every movement made in a tiny house must be calculated to the centimetre, without distractions. Otherwise, you constantly hit surfaces or roommates.
- Better in hot climates: This has nothing to do with the thermal insulation capacities of a tiny house, but with the fact that in hot areas you spend more time outdoors, which reduces the amount of time you spend at home.
- Difficulty to move: Even if the tiny house is equipped with wheels, due to construction rules, it is not easy to move it to a place where it can remain for a long period or permanently.
The economy has changed and building one’s own house and maintaining it is no longer as simple as it used to be. Partly because of the construction and maintenance costs, partly because of the ecological sense and environmental awareness that are finally taking hold, people are trying to contain their spending as much as possible, due to waste, energy expenditure and the unnecessary.