The Tiny House Movement: Team 1

The size of the average American house has risen steadily over the past few decades while the size of families has decreased. Homes are over 2,600 square feet and are occupied by, on average, 2 and a half people. Why have houses continued to grow as fewer people live in them? This trend is caused by desires to own more, to have more impressive things, and to have more stuff. However, most people can’t afford these extraneous things and the average American sinks half of their income into their own home.


But as the number of “McMansions” increases, a new trend has emerged to combat their rise. Tiny Homes. These are generally any permanent residences under 400 square feet, though many are much smaller. There are many reasons people opt to live smaller, though there are four main reasons. People want a more sustainable way to live, to reduce their carbon footprint, and to consume less. Second, people want to have the financial freedom that a $30,000 house affords. People want to be able to travel more and to experience more of the world and not feel rooted to the foundation of an environmental blight. In fact, some are so determined to be free they build their tiny homes on trailers to be as mobile as possible. Lastly, tiny houses allow for “purposeful and determined living” which is, part of the art and beauty of minimalism. If you only have 150 square feet to live in, it forces you to question all of your possessions and what you really need. Why do you need 30 different t-shirts? Do you really need 20 pairs of shoes? Couldn’t you survive without a washing machine, dryer, oven, and dishwasher?


In fact, many people opt to build their own Tiny Houses from scratch, using their own designs and making their own choices about what is essential for their living situation. This generally includes solar panels, composting toilets, and campfire stoves, all of which encourage and are components of sustainable living. Because of the multifaceted benefits of tiny homes (financial independence, sustainable living, and freedom from stress and superfluous material possessions) I believe that this is an important movement pertinent to young adults.




6 thoughts on “The Tiny House Movement: Team 1

  1. Wow, this idea of tiny houses seems pretty cool! I have heard of the show before and how many people are fascinated to see just how tiny the houses can get, but I never realized how tiny houses related to sustainability and leaving less of a carbon footprint like you mentioned in your post. For the environmental reasons alone I think that this is a cool movement. I do agree that many people invest so much of their time and money into something so materialistic like a big and fancy home, instead of traveling or creating other memories aside from materialism. I also think this is an interesting movement to focus on, besides from the environmental benefits, because especially with many young adults amassing large sums of student debt, many continue to take loans for things they can’t yet pay for with their current financial standings. This tiny house movement would get people’s spending and the amount of loans they take out under control.

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  2. This is a very interesting movement. I love the fact that you chose this to talk about. I do not have much knowledge regarding this issue, but the points you make seem very strong. People today are definitely way to materialistic. Putting so much time and money into a fancy big house may seem like a good ides, but at the end of the day its real not. This will cause more debt that will have to be paid for which just adds stress. You mention the environmental issues that come along with this and that is a very good point. I really like this idea of people opting to have a “tiny” house. This is a good movement choice and definitely something I find very interesting.


  3. What a unique and niche movement! I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called, “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” and it really opened my eyes to the wasteful and greedy way most present day Americans aspire to live. I can’t deny that I, myself, did not want a giant mansion with six walk in closets when I was younger, but now that I have grown and matured, I can really see how a more minimalistic way of living can de-clutter one’s mental state and general life, making them happy. In regards to the movement, I like how it is conducive to the environment by minimizing waste and emissions. The movement really targets two modern day issues with one simple solution- living smaller.
    Good luck, Team 1!
    -Katie Kornienko


  4. I enjoyed reading about your movement because your movement is very unique! To begin, I relate to your first paragraph. In my hometown, companies continue to build new million-dollar houses and to sell them to families of three or four while older houses stay on the market. This always bothered me because the amount of open space in my town keeps decreasing. The amount of money and resources put into these giant houses seems like a waste. On the other hand, it may be difficult to implement this movement in today’s society. Your goal for having houses use “solar panels, composting toilets, and campfire stoves,” however, is more attainable. Just reading about it makes me want to build my own unique tiny house in the future. Keep inspiring!


  5. This movement is really interesting to read about, and definitely has a lot of environmental impacts! All the points you mentioned are so accurate for why it is an important movement; even if people decide not to live in a tiny house, having an awareness of the movement could still influence them to choose a smaller home than they might have first considered. Just like how people don’t always choose something as simple as using their own reusable water bottle instead of a new plastic one every day, just knowing the movement exists can cause people to rethink some of their choices and consider the impacts they have on the environment. Even if someone doesn’t live in a tiny house, some of its “teachings” – like rethinking if you need the 20th pair of shoes – can be applied to everyone’s lives. I also agree with one of the earlier comments about how this is interesting to consider when you think about the college graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt and how it could help these people spend less while trying to repay loans within a responsible time frame.


  6. I completely agree with this post and I am happy that someone has talked about it in this class. I think that tiny homes are an amazing invention that gives way to a lot of possibilities including traveling and living life not just for material things. Life should not be about how much you own and who has the bigger house, these people do not understand how much more there is to life. I think if there were more tiny homes, there would be more ways to live and explore and people would be happier, it would conserve energy, conserve space, and conserve money.


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