Tiny Houses— the Future of Housing?



Tiny houses, are they the future of housing as we know it? Today we are going to dive into the subject of one of the world’s newest trends in housing: tiny houses. Tiny houses— no, not a small house, a tiny house, are a spectacular evolution in our culture as far as housing is concerned, by taking the desire for a huge home with rooms upon rooms and trading it out for a small abode that is no bigger than most camper trailers.

What is a tiny house?

A tiny house is, at its core, a small house. We are talking about small houses that look no bigger than a 2 car garage or even smaller. You see, tiny houses are … tiny. They are built much like camper trailers where they are designed to pack as much stuff into a single space as possible while still being livable on a long term basis. Usually, you will find tiny houses with less than 500 square feet with some having less than 100. It is a drastic change from the usual idea of bigger is better that we have in American culture and it leaves a lot of people scratching their heads as to the whys and hows of the whole thing.

Why do people build small?

The next question we need to answer when having a discussion about tiny houses is why? Why would someone want to live in such a small house? When you ask a tiny home owner you will most likely hear a myriad of answers, but you will soon notice that they will all have to do with the cost of the tiny home compared to traditional homes, the impact on the environment, their emotional health or the mobility that comes with a tiny house.

Cost of a tiny house in regards to taxes

One of the biggest advantages that most tiny house owners will enjoy is the fact that they will save on property taxes if they live in a tiny house depending on where they live. Property taxes usually increase when you improve on the land and make it better than it was. This is most obvious when you start building a home. However, there are some legal loopholes in some states that allow you to keep your taxes lower since the most tiny houses are mobile and not permanently affixed to the property. But, it is important to remember that we are not giving this to you as legal advice. This article should not, in any way be considered legal counsel and anyone who wants to know more in this area should contact a certified tax attorney in the state where they reside.

Environmental Impact

Tiny houses are better for the environment than a traditional home for several reasons. The first being that their construction does not require as much material. Less material to produce means less production, less production means fewer greenhouse gasses (in theory at least). However, that is not the only way that it can theoretically have a lessening effect on the environment. For instance, by buying a smaller house, you only have to heat and cool a smaller area which means less energy being used.

Detachment and Emotional Reasons

Another reason that people like going small may be because it gives them a sort of satisfaction that comes with living minimally. Tiny houses fall right in with the minimalist mentality that is very popular these days. There is a sort of satisfaction that some people get when they get rid of a lot of their stuff and have fewer things. Not to mention that the smaller space forces them to spend more time in the great outdoors or in social situations.


Lastly, there is mobility. Like we said earlier, most tiny houses are mobile because they are built on trailers. This gives the owner the ability to travel the world without having to worry about who is watering the plants or even packing for a trip. They can just get up and go!

Aspects of a tiny house

The defining feature of a tiny home would be space conservation. Much like that designer from Hong Kong who was able to fit an entire house’s worth of things into a 200 or so square foot apartment, tiny houses can allow you all the amenities that you used to enjoy but in far less space. Usually, they will either be studio style homes and if they do have any bedrooms it will usually be limited to one. A lot of the time though you will see sleeping areas on a loft-like surface above the bathroom allowing the rest of the house to be used for storage, a kitchen, or social areas.

How to get a tiny house

If you want to jump on board with this awesome new trend in housing, then you have two main options to choose from. The first is to buy one. Yes, there are companies and people who build tiny houses for others to buy. With a quick Google search, you can probably find one in a few minutes in a city near you. The second options may be to build it yourself. This can be difficult so you should always have the help of a professional when doing this. Plans can be found online on several tiny house websites.

To learn more about tiny houses check out any of the hundreds of websites and videos devoted to them. Tiny houses are the hottest new thing when it comes to housing and real estate and it is worth learning more about. There are many videos on the web as well as full-length documentaries on Netflix and other streaming services that not only explain what a tiny house is, the benefits of them, but also the stories of the people that live in them. Not to mention the directions on how to make one if you feel so inclined and have the proper training. If you have any other questions about owning a home in general and are worried about paying for it, give us a call today at the Hughes Group. Our trained and licensed real estate agents are the perfect people to help you out.

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