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Why The Tiny House Movement Is Exploding Right Now

The trend around “life downsizing” started a few years ago and tiny houses(small but functional houses) have become part of this social movement. People are choosing to downsize the space they live in, simplify and live with less. 

Members of remote working are welcoming the tiny life philosophy and the freedom that accompanies the tiny house lifestyle. 

Tiny living lifestyle – the switch to a simplified lifestyle

Usually, if you ask a typical tiny house owner, he or she will say the main reasons they’ve made the move are environmental, financial flexibility and the desire for more time and freedom.

Part of the tiny homes’ owners’ philosophy is decluttering your life and taking back your time  and using it to enjoy simple things in life.

This movement is about untanglement and freedom. Usually tiny houses are placed in small communities close to nature. Hence, the owners report a stronger connection with the local community and feel more involved in it. This is not surprising considering people report more fulfillment when they do community service.

Sustabinability is another reason why the tiny house movement has started to grow so much. People have become more aware about the environment and the limited resources on the planet hence they do not want to consume so much. They want to consume just about enough and recycle and reuse as much as possible. In most of the cases tiny houses operate on energy from solar panels, filtered rain water and composite toilets and kitchen waste.

The cost of building a tiny house usually is recovered in maximum a few years, subject to the size and materials used. A tiny home costs between $10,000 and $40,000 and bills are minimal if non-existent, when the house is fully self sustainable for example. Hence this is yet another extra reason why people all over the world choose to live this way. In simple terms, the average cost of a tiny home is much lower than that of an average house.

These numbers are so much lower than your usual house price in the US which is around $250,000. On top of that, add all the fees and expenses that come with mortgage, insurance and general maintenance.

Millenials are reporting all time high problems with anxiety and other mental health problems.

Living in a tiny house or a similar community allows people to reconnect with nature and their inner peace. This is why nowadays a lot of people over 35 choose this lifestyle. It offers a path to a smaller environmental footprint, great control of the finances and a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms.

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Major financial advantages of living in a tiny house

  1. Almost 70% of tiny house owners do not have mortgages
  2. 55% of americans living in tiny houses have more savings than the average american
  3. 90% of the tiny home owners have less credit card debt than the average american
  4. The average cost of building a small house is approximately $23,000
  5. Bills are extremely low if any

What are the most popular tiny house shows on Youtube? 

As you would expect, there is no shortage of video materials on Youtube about tiny housing and living. We’ve selected below the top 3 channels that will help you understand better this movement and inspire you. Who knows, maybe they’ll convince you to do the “switch”.

  1. Living Big in A Tiny House

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The host, Bryce, is a total small space design aficionado. His mission is to find the very best tiny homes, alternative dwellings and stories of downsized, eco-friendly living. 

His show explores all kinds of downsized living, including tiny houses on wheels, micro apartments, cabins, treehouses, earth homes, shipping container homes, busses, vans and everything in between. With weekly episodes, it delves into the lives of people who are choosing to live an alternative lifestyle in unconventional architecture.

  1. Tiny House Giant Journey

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In 2013 Jenna Spesard quit her stable job and built a Tiny House on wheels. Her goal? To live simply, pursue my dream of becoming a writer, and travel the world.

I share Alternative dwellings, lifestyle videos, unique and tiny vacation rentals, and my travel adventures around the planet.

  1. Tiny Home Tours

This channel is dedicated to sharing the dwellings of those who choose to live in tiny homes. This ranges from tiny homes, shipping containers and vans among other structures!

However, the show is lately more focused on RV homes. 

Photo credits iTinyHouses.com

Airbnb is one of the most popular house renting platforms in the world. There is no shortage of  tiny houses for rent. So before you sell everything, you can rent and try this lifestyle before doing so.

We handpicked below for you 10 delightful places to try your tiny living. We’ve looked up on Airbnb the most fascinating small houses around the world at affordable .

  1. Secluded Intown Treehouse – Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia

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This place in Atlanta has been named Airbnb’s “#1 most wish-listed property in the world”.

The suite of three beautifully furnished rooms is set among the trees. Just minutes from downtown, this secluded property is an urban retreat like no other. The treehouse provides an intimate, simple and restful retreat for 2 people.

  1. Silo Studio Cottage – Tyringham, Massachusetts, United States

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The tiny home is situated on the Santarella Estate in the Tyringham Valley. This is a  former sculpting studio and it’s surrounded by gardens, a pond, brooks and streams, a walking path and “storybook architecture.” 

  1. Writer’s Cabin – Stockholm, Sweden

Nice little house in Stockholm little house, suitable for a time of work or a retreat getaway. 130 meters to the fiord 

Photo credit Airbnb.com

  1. The Rustic Modern Tiny House – Portland,Oregon

This is a sustainable tiny house built by hand by the owners. The house is constructed and furnished from an eclectic array of reclaimed materials, now creatively reused and repurposed. 

Photo credit Airbnb.com

  1. Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano – Puna,Hawai

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  1. Woodland Cabin – Diggland,England

Photo credit Airbnb.com

This beautiful tiny home sits on 30 acres of privately-owned land in the Saddleworth hills, ensuring quiet from the general noise and everyday life of city dwellers. The outside resembles a rustic, log cabin with floor-to-ceiling black trimmed windows. The inside decor is modern and chic

The property is known for having an ideal location, only a five-minute drive from popular villages such as Uppermill and Delph. The host offers continental breakfast including fresh milk and eggs from their local dairy farm. The cabin is available for two guests for about 87 USD per night.

  1. Aromantica Treehouse – SAN Salvatore Monferatto, Italy

Photo credit Airbnb.com

A wonderful suspended nest, an amazing panoramic view on the hills, among the fragrances of the linden trees and other aromatic herbs. A garden with solarium and a swimming pool (seasonal opening) surrounded by blooming peaceful nature. 

  1. The Escher TINY HOME – Boulder Creek, CA

Photo credit Airbnb.com

The Escher Tiny Home is a remote two bed, one bath, tiny-house-on-wheels located just 10 mins from Big Basin State Park in Boulder Creek, CA. This home was thoughtfully designed down to the inch, all to elevate a new lifestyle opportunity. It’s a place to fuel inspiration and uncover new directions…or to simply take a break from the constant pull of our modern world.

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