With the dense urban housing environment within cities continuously growing, many homeowners are downsizing by making the switch from their typical large scale home to one that is much smaller in size. Rapidly gaining popularity around the world, the tiny house movement encourages the construction of homes that are as small as 100-400 square feet compared to the average 2,600 square feet American home. There are a number of reasons why so many people are switching to these smaller houses. One being that it costs far less money and energy to build and maintain. On average it costs about $23,000 to build one of these homes versus $272,000 for a full sized house. Secondly, these homes are environmentally friendly because the amount of resources and energy produce from them results in a smaller amount of footprint created. In addition most of these homes are located within the outdoors and therefore allowing one to reconnect with nature and its surroundings. Lastly, a tiny house is fundamentally different in regards to its functionality due to it’s lack of space which forces one step back and take a more minimalistic approach to living.One downside to living one of these homes is the physical size and the amount of people that it can house. Due to it’s small size, one house can only fit one to two people. This means that families with more than two people will not be able to live in the space.
Tiny homes are a great way to escape from the chaotic city life and experience a more minimalistic lifestyle. However, due to it’s limited amount of space these homes will not be able to cater to families with more than two people.
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