Have you ever heard of the tiny house movement? I think I ran across it once before, but it must not have resonated with me all that much at the time. This time around, it most certainly did!
My Current Home
By society’s standards, my home is fairly small. I have 650 square feet on the main level, 600 square feet upstairs, and a couple hundred square feet of semi-livable space in the basement. My home is a simple 3 bedroom, 1.5 bedroom set-up and would likely be considered “too tiny” for a couple with two children.
As I continue to simplify my life further (and in my opinion, increase my happiness level by doing so), I am slowly coming to the realization how massive this house really is! To illustrate this point: as I write this post, I am currently sitting on my sectional sofa in the living room, which means that there are 8 rooms of this house that are currently not in use: my porch, the dining room, the kitchen, the two bathrooms, the master bedroom, the office, and the guest room. To take this one step further, I am currently using up about 7 square feet of my 1,400 home! Why on earth do I need a house this large? It’s simple, society told me I do.
The Tiny House Movement
There are a handful of people that have come to the realization that a mammoth house will not make them happy. In fact, many of them feel that a large home can actually detract from their potential happiness. Why? Two reasons. First of all, in order to afford such a large home, you must work long, tiring hours at a job that you may even dislike (which thereby keeps you away from that home that you “love”). Secondly, having a large house will decrease your ability to build strong relationships. Not only will the physical nature of the house enable you to ignore deep, meaningful conversations (that would in turn improve your relationship) with your partner, but the fact that you are hardly ever home will leave you saddened and lonely.
A tiny house is where it’s at.
By definition, a tiny house is less than 150 square feet. That’s right, just 150 square feet – no typos here. Within those close quarters, you will find a living room, office, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom – these areas will satisfy your basic needs and more! Take a look at a typical tiny house layout below:
This probably isn’t what you expected is it? This home has wood floors, nice furniture, a massive Mac monitor and awesome lighting! On average, these tiny houses are built by their owners (on a flatbed trailer for easy moving) and only cost about $25,000. With such a small expense, many tiny house owners actually own their homes outright, with no help from the bank.
Opening the Doors of Possibility
By living simply, the tiny house owners have very low expenses and often choose an occupation which may sound crazy to the rest of us. Some are artists, others are writers, and a handful of people just choose to live “off the grid” and grow their own food.
I used to think that “artistic people” were a little nutty and had a very light grip on reality. After all, why would anyone choose to get a degree in art? How in the world can you provide for yourself with a worthless degree like that? This was my mindset when I thought that everyone had to pay $150,000 for a house. Now that I have been introduced to the tiny house movement, I am starting to respect this group of people quite a lot more.
Do you think you could ever live in a tiny house?
Featured image credit: http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/tumbleweed-lusby-for-sale/
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.