If you haven’t already picked up on the ‘small living’ trend, then you must be living under a rock. It’s an international movement where some people are downsizing to live in tiny houses. Not only homes but people are also choosing smaller living spaces when they travel, work, and play.
Why Live in a Tiny Home
Sure, the stats show that since 1950, the average home has increased in size by 140 %. However, on the flip side, others are shrinking their homes to around 200 to 400 square feet.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to this trend:
- People are becoming more ecologically aware and have a desire to reduce waste.
- The global financial crisis has also played a large role in the move toward small homes. They’re less expensive to build and have lower energy costs. Small homes are more economical.
- Rising unemployment has led to many grown children returning home to elderly parents. The small dwellings allow both to enjoy privacy.
- Choosing a small living option may mean a better location.
- It’s just ‘cool’ and easier to maintain a small space.
Furniture For ‘Small living’ is So Hot Right Now
Small apartments ranging in size from 200 to 370 square feet have begun to crop up in major cities. Many include fold-out beds built into the walls that can be hidden away to make space when not in use.
Furniture such as tables and chairs are often stackable to allow them to be stacked compactly and stored away in a small closet. Tables and desks pull out of a moving wall. Window sills are converted into seats and sliding walls are used to divide sections into separate rooms. The refrigerator and freezer are installed horizontally into drawer space. Some small apartments have a community kitchen rather than including one in the apartment.
Other Uses for Small Living Spaces
In addition to a permanent home, small structures and spaces can be used for a variety of other purposes. Their small size allows them to easily fit in the backyard or on a vacant property.
Small living spaces make great offices for those with a home business or who are otherwise self-employed. They can provide a place to work if there is limited space in the home or simply a quiet environment free of distraction. They can also be used as an art studio or workshop for a variety of activities.
What about a guest house? Adding an extra living space provides both your visitor and you with more privacy. It can be built in any style preferred so it can feel like home. Adding an extra living space provides both your visitor and you with more privacy. It can be built in any style preferred so it can feel like home.
Finally, guess what many of the properties are on the popular accommodation book site, Air BnB? You got it! Tiny homes or apartments (often secondary living spaces on the owner’s property). Letting out smaller homes on your property is great for adding to your income and getting used out of that tiny space.
Just this morning I came across a booking for a studio – which is actually a custom steel garage or kit home which was built and renovated to be a modern apartment. It looks incredibly appealing and I’d be happy to live there.
Building a Small Living Space
Small living spaces come in all shapes and are made from a variety of materials. The structures may be fixed, semi-permanent, or built on wheels.
Mobile houses are often built on a flatbed trailer, wagon, or constructed from horse trailers. These small living structures can range in price from $2000.00 to $30,000.00.
Ana White who is internationally well known for her DIY creativity even built a tiny home for a client which is a trailer! Check it out! ( I couldn’t embed it here for you but click to be taken to the video page)
Some people use DIY storage sheds, garages, and storage containers to construct small homes or spaces. The average cost for a DIY model can be between $2000 and $3000.
Converting existing structures such as these into living spaces offers an easy way to construct a small house. They often only require a few adjustments or minor improvements to gain approval from the council.
There you have it, the trend for building small and creating small living spaces is global and seems to be a great option for saving money. We have had many people who have bought sheds and garages use their products exactly for these purposes