Does the idea of living smaller and more simply sound appealing or a little daunting to you? Tiny Houses are defined as homes under 400sq ft (around 37sq m), and the Movement is already a well-established social phenomenon in the US, Canada and Australia – now it’s beginning to get traction in the UK too, for practical reasons as well as a lifestyle choice.
Over the next 20 years, the land available for homebuilding will become ever more scarce, with the cost of properties rising faster than salaries. A growing number of young workers needing affordable starter homes and older people downsizing from family houses will mean that small homes will become the most sought-after of all.
Tiny houses have less of an impact on the environment, they are cheaper to run and they can be a gateway to greater self-sufficiency.
Advocates of tiny-house living argue that downsizing forces you to simplify your life, value experiences over possessions and spend wisely on considered, well-made purchases.
If you do decide to commit to this pared-down way of life, remember that fixed tiny homes can be subject to planning permission, although one way to achieve your tiny dream could be to make it moveable. Tinyecohomesuk.com are tiny house specialists offering custom-designed fully-towable mobile homes.
With small-space living likely to become a growing trend, could you really live in a tiny house?