Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tiny Houses = Big Lives. Taking a look at the coolest tiny houses, and their owners.

In part one of this blog we introduced you to the Tiny House Movement, which is not just about living in small dwellings but the savings, coziness, freedom, and simple, back-to-nature lifestyle it affords. In fact, ‘Tiny House = Big Life’ is the mantra behind the Tiny House Movement, which has taken hold all around the world for homeowners as diverse as the structures themselves and settings upon which they sit. We’ll show you plenty of images of amazing tiny homes, but first, some data to better exhibit these concepts:

Tiny homeowners are highly educated; twice as likely to have a master’s degree than the average homeowner.

Interestingly enough, younger people and older age groups are embracing life in tiny homes. 21% of all tiny homeowners are under 30 years of age and 38% are over 50 (aided by the increasing popularity of “grannie flats.” Only 21% of tiny homeowners are 30-40 years old and a notably low 18% of tiny homeowners are 40-50 year olds.  

55% of all tiny homeowners are women, which is significantly higher than the percentage of female homeowners.

68% of tiny house owners have no mortgage, owning their home free and clear, compared to only 29.3% of all U.S. homeowners are mortgage free.

It’s important to make the distinction that people don’t live in tiny homes because they have to (like mobile homes or apartments, for example), but because they want to. In fact, tiny homeowners enjoy a per capita income of $42,039 – significantly more than the average American income.

Likewise, 55% of tiny house owners have more savings than the average American, and 89% of tiny house people have lower credit card debt than the average American. In fact, 65% of tiny homeowners have no credit card debt at all.

How tiny is “tiny?” The average house in the U.S. is now 2,100 square feet, but the floor plan of the typical tiny home is only 186 square feet, which means you could stuff 11.3 tiny homes into the average U.S. house!

 The average tiny home also costs only $23,00 to build, which is significantly lower – close to 1/10th - than the median U.S. home sale price of $272,000.

There are many options for tiny homes, like having pre-built modular and semi-custom kits that make it simple for anyone to erect their home, but many people choose to buy or rent land in rural settings and build their homes themselves.

Ok, now with the profile of the typical tiny homeowner – and home – out of the way, let’s get to the fun part – taking a look at the coolest tiny homes in America!


Tiny homes add the coziness of home in just about any setting.

Small on square footage but big on curb appeal.

They often are constructed with natural and organic local elements.

But many tiny homes are incredibly modern.

Domes and capsule homes are becoming increasingly popular.

As are tiny homes with eco friendly features like green roofs and soil/plant insulation.

Some homes blend the aesthetic of modern and natural.

Tiny houses are only as creative as their owners can conceive!

Or as simple as the backyard shed.

But they are surprisingly nice, spacious and comfortable inside.

Many tiny homes can be easily moved. 

But come with all the amenities you need.

And erected in the most beautiful natural settings.

But city dwellers are embracing the tiny home movement, too.

Sometimes in the most unusual of places! 

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