Tiny house construction might seem like a new concept, but back in the day, a tiny house was what people could afford and all that they wanted. As a return to only needing what you have and only having what you need, the tiny house is allowing people to ditch their obsession with the material world and find their way back to what really matters: living and communing with nature. So what is so alluring about tiny house construction?
It isn’t just about having a minimalist point of view; it also saves you from accumulating things that don’t mean anything, and above all it means less space to heat, cool, and clean. For those who thought it was just an outlandish and temporary movement, the truth is that it is here to stay and is taking a huge corner of the construction market.
Many house builders in Winnipeg are finding their niche market with fervor in the tiny house trend. It isn’t just single people or adventurers considering the prospects of living within their means and only having possessions that are meaningful. Tiny homes aren’t just about transitional lives — they are becoming a new way of life. As a whole new way to downsize, they are capturing populations like retirees and those who are tired of trying to keep up with the Joneses.
A tiny home is typically classified as a living space that is less than 400 square foot — which to most people in today’s consumer-driven mentality seems like just a bedroom, but the concept is catching on like wildfire. Communities like Flagstaff are opting to do away with the McMansion paradigm of homebuilding suburbia, and are instead opting to build entire communities of 30+ homes to allow people to live unencumbered and without a high price tag for both building and maintenance.
The newest trend in tiny home building is “component building.” The separate pieces of construction are fabricated off-site and built to specifications, and then shipped off to be assembled at remote places where it is all about the scenery and view. Those who want tiny homes are usually more interested in spending time outside and in the world than in being held prisoner by their large square footage chock full of “things” that are supposed to make them feel validated and whole.
Although it’s a new pilot phenomenon in Arizona, the trend is likely to catch on in other areas where construction costs are on the rise, disposable income isn’t keeping up with the increase in homebuilding, and people are tired of living paycheck to paycheck. For what? To own a home that they can’t afford and to put things into it that they don’t need nor do they appreciate.
The tiny home is well-thought-out, with every square inch having a function. There is a place for everything and everything in its place, which is a very calming concept in the new world of instant gratification and social media. It’s a way of taking all the hype and commercialism out of your life and returning to a time when a home was about shelter, not showing off accumulated things.
The tiny house used to be just for those looking for adventure and a place to escape. These days, tiny houses might be coming to a suburb near you pretty quickly. With mentality changing in the Millennial generation, and companies like A & S Homes taking on new projects, it isn’t about what you accumulate in life; it is more about the YOLO, living life large, and enjoying being here physically instead of being beholden to materials things that you certainly can’t take with you.
Innovation has made it possible to use modern appliances in small spaces without it being a fire hazard, to fit your needs into hidden spaces, and not to show off things that don’t matter in the grand scheme of life. Tiny homes are also a great way to do away with segregation or dividing the haves from the have-nots. Anyone can own their own piece of property without all the stigma and prestige that goes along with acquiring belongs that become nothing more than clutter and distraction.
So don’t be surprised if soon enough the suburb next to you is filled with tiny homes. Taking up less space and being less about what you have materialistically, and more about what you have in your heart and in your memories, those who buy into the new tiny home trend are showing the consumer-driven world what the definition of a “home” really means. And it isn’t about all the stuff you can stuff into a house — but the people who inhabit it.