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Living in a tiny space is no longer just an interim solution while you wait to purchase a more sizeable property. It’s a lifestyle choice that has become increasingly popular across the world – and for good reason.

The small house movement started to gain wider acceptance after the global financial crisis, and has recently gained stardom after heavy media coverage on both television and social media.

The movement is now popular with millennials who are looking to maintain their desired lifestyle, but also boomers who are similarly looking for more availability to enjoy what’s most important to them in life.

Tiny home adopters are often enticed by the idea of building their own home, and building it to last, using traditional techniques and materials. The structure can be on land or wheels, but to be classed a ‘tiny house’, it generally can’t exceed the size of two shipping containers combined, or roughly no more than 400 square foot.

This small way of living is not for everyone – but we can all take some of the core principles into our own habits.

Bigger isn't always better

Society has made us believe that having a bigger home, bigger car, bigger gadgets, is more desirable. We tend to believe we need to keep up with trends, and upgrade unnecessarily. However, this cycle is detrimental to the planet, and our own back pocket. 

‘Bigger is better’ is definitely not the case for property – larger spaces take longer and cost more to heat and cool, and larger homes also need more maintenance and repair work. 

Minimalism

A small space can easily feel crowded and cluttered, so naturally, minimalism complements tiny houses. But in any home, small or large, minimalism can be adopted as it finds the beauty in function and avoids unnecessary elements, therefore creating a serene environment.

Minimalism can also be adopted to a lifestyle. We stop thinking about what we don’t need, so we can prioritise what we do. We start to ask ourselves, do I really need this? Until it becomes second nature, and we no longer crave new possessions. This mentality can start to provide less stress in our day-to-day and give you a sense of freedom.

Shared community

In some parts of the globe, there are tiny house communities, where it has become normal again to knock on your neighbour’s door for a cup of sugar. These communities tend to share resources in many forms, such as produce, solar power, and even individual skills. Sharing resources keeps waste down to a minimum, whilst building stronger interpersonal relationships. 

When families live in a modest space, it gives more meaning to ‘learning to share your toys with your brother/sister’. Not so many decades ago, it was commonplace to have multi-generations under one roof where family were always available to provide a helping hand – but multi-generational household popularity is starting to see a resurgence. 

Having your mother-in-law living in your spare room can feel claustrophobic, which is one of the reasons why granny flats have also made a comeback. Not only are they great for bringing family closer, but building a granny flat could also make you a bit of extra pocket money in the long-run

Sustainability

Tiny house dwellers tend to have more of an awareness of their long-term impact and connection to nature.

Simply by starting to employ the ‘less is more’ mentality, means our consumption drops, and so does our carbon footprint.

In addition to questioning whether we truly need to buy something new, more and more shoppers are starting to consider the amount of energy used to create each new product, this includes not only the manufacturing process, but also transportation.

The slight shift away from a consumerism mindset has already started to influence companies, with some looking at alternative ways to reduce their impact on the Earth.

Want to know more about building your dream home?

If you are interested in knowing more about building your own tiny home, it’s important to first check the regulations which apply in your local area. 

If you would like to know more about finance for your construction or downsizing project, we can assist you no matter whether your plans are big or small, give us a call on 1300 302 474 (8am - 6pm, Mon to Fri, AEST), or arrange a call back

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