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Why Tiny Houses are the Future

The Ideas Arcade

If we suggested you should live in an 8 x 20ft box, the light, airy and beautiful space shown above wouldn't probably be the first thing to spring to mind. Welcome to the Tiny House Movement: where houses are tiny and imaginations are huge.

In pursuit of a simpler life, more time and lower overheads, more and more people are experimenting with this micro-living experiment - with amazing results.

This particular result was created by Alek Lisefski in a bid to live more cheaply and simply...

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  • Maria Redin

    So excited for this movement. We currently live in a 25'x25' house that is 3 blocks away from the beach and we absolutely love it. Before this, we lived in 15'x15'x3 floors little home in Philadelphia, which has been my favorite house by far.

    Living in small spaces makes you evaluate what is important and brings out your creativity! We had no coat closet so we hung hooks on the back of the door to the basement. :)

  • tomzdadster

    My son and I live in a mobile home park that opened in 1937. Up to three generations of residents have gone to local schools, held jobs, raised kids.

    • Jelena Woehr

      When I was a victim advocate in Colorado, I found that mobile home communities were always the places where neighbors pitched in to help after a family lost someone or experienced a crime. I think small living spaces build tight bonds between neighbors. Maybe because it encourages going outside to barbecue or sit on the porch and chat with a neighbor, or maybe because borrowing happens more when not everyone can just store things they "may need someday" forever?

      • tomzdadster

        Yeah, my neighbor, Ben, was weeding next to our place and notice that one of our our pipes was leaking, and it was really not something I could have been aware of, but he not not only brought it to my attention, he fixed the damn thing! And then, because of all that, I found out that he'd lost his job as a tow truck driver, and he and Sue (whom he's lived with for decades) were low on propane, so I bought them a tank and helped Ben do his taxes on my computer and efile them because they don't have a computer or internet access and they really need that tax refund, and actually, they don't really like compurters anyway. Of course, when they have a big fight, we hear all about it, and they hear our stuff, too.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Thanks for sharing, Tom. I don't think a house should represent income level or accomplishments. The world is changing and in fact, tiny houses are an opportunity for us to be more responsible citizens.

      • tomzdadster

        Thank you, too. I don't fully understand your reply, but I also see that mine wasn't clear at all. I was trying to provide a historical context for tiny houses and claim visibility for those who have always had a smaller carbon footprint. Some solutions have been with us, and when you go even a little deeper, another truth becomes apparent: large homes are the deviation from the very long history of housing norms. Mostly, most people have always lived small and expected more of the same.

        • Alessandra Rizzotti

          That's exactly what I was trying to allude to. Sorry I was unclear! Thanks for clarifying your point :)

        • The Ideas Arcade

          Cheers for the comments guys, and thanks so much making that point Tom. Big homes are definitely the exception, and where people are still living in tiny houses through choice and community legacy we should be supporting and celebrating that fact. Not, as we fear is common, judging people for not living in bigger properties.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    "tiny houses" are how much of the rest of the world lives. We consume way too much in the US & some of the Western World; this makes so much more sense. Now if only many of the communities (read: zoning) would accept tiny houses, especially the ones on wheels. I would create and live in one of these in a heartbeat! Thank you for sharing! There's also an amazing Youtube channel which shares loads of cool vids on tiny houses:

    • The Ideas Arcade

      Thanks so much for the link Kristin, and for making the point that most of humanity lives in tiny houses - and that it's only in the west where it's a novelty. We also couldn't agree more RE zoning and planning restrictions - here in the UK it's super difficult to get permission to build your own home (of any size). So frustrating when you just want to reduce your impact!

      • tomzdadster

        I'd be really interested to learn about how people have dealt with zoning issues and planning restrictions. What's worked in the past? What hasn't?