After you have seen one tiny house, you can never quite forget it. There sits a house. You know it is a house because it has windows, doors, a roof, floors – everything a house is supposed to have.
Yet it is so….tiny. For most people, this is how it starts. They see a tiny house, either on television or in a news article or perhaps even in person at a convention or in someone’s backyard.
Before you even know it, you find yourself wondering whether tiny house living could be your path.
But what are the benefits of living in tiny houses? Could you really make it work? Find out the answers to your questions in this article.
1. Living in a tiny house is more economical
Perhaps the primary reason (aside from the undeniable charm) that draws people to tiny houses is how economical these houses are to build and maintain.
Where a regular house might take you years or even decades to pay off, a simple tiny house may cost $20,000 or less and require only a short-term loan.
In the same way, monthly bills are a fraction of what you would pay running and maintaining a traditional brick-and-mortar home.
As Money Mag points out, it becomes a lot easier to pay off student debt and save for the future with less house to pay for and maintain.
2. Living in a tiny house helps you cut out the clutter
There is simply no extra room to accumulate “stuff” when you live in a micro-space. For many people, this represents the ultimate in de-cluttering and is very much in alignment with the worldwide interest in simplicity and minimalism.
Life becomes simpler in every way when you don’t have to sort through a closet full of clothes or a pantry full of canned goods. You have more time to do what you love.
3. Living in a tiny house keeps you fit and active
With less room to move about indoors, it is only natural that most tiny house dwellers spend more time outdoors.
From the joys of growing your own backyard produce to having more time to hike, walk, cycle or throw the frisbee with your dog, the indoor/outdoor life of a tiny house dweller is ultimately a choice to invest in better health.
4. Living in a tiny house helps you form closer relationships
While tiny houses are definitely attractive to seniors living on their own with limited means and young singles trying to pay off school debt, they are also an increasingly popular choice for couples and young families.
After all, if there is one way to grow closer as a couple or family, it is living together in a small space!
5. Living in a tiny house can help you travel more
Many future tiny houses (as tiny house owners tend to call themselves) get their first experience of tiny house living in a short-term vacation rental, About TinyAway explains.
This no-stress initial experience may lead to another and then another. This is also a great way to get a feel for all the different options for designing a unique tiny house for full-time living.
As well, since living in a tiny house is more affordable, there is more money left over to travel and visit new places, as RAC highlights.
6. Living in a tiny house reduces your carbon footprint
From land shortages to energy scarcity, it is clear that our plant does not have unlimited natural resources to share with us.
We are already long overdue to shift over to more sustainable living choices and tiny houses help homeowners do just that.
7. Living in a tiny house gives you flexibility
As ABC News explains, living in a tiny house on wheels that can be handily hitched to a vehicle and towed also has an attractive safety element to it.
If there are wildfires or a storm threatens, it is possible to simply tow your home away until it is safe to return.
Above all, living in a tiny house creates lifelong memories, whether you do it for a season or for a lifetime.
Matt McGrath is an avid traveler and a prominent writer in the blogging community. He has been to more than 50 countries. While he loves discovering new cultures and adventures, he is also passionate about sharing practical tips to his followers. If you love to travel and adventure, we recommend that you read and follow all his articles! More about him on his website – http://mattmcgrath.me/