Is a Tiny House right for you?
In a 2014 documentary, the CBC reported on a global movement of building tiny houses with two simple goals;
- achieving financial freedom, and
- creating a smaller ecological footprint.
A multiplying number of people here in Canada are also embracing the trend. Faced with increasing real estate prices and the prospect of carrying a large debt for over 25 years, more younger buyers are adopting the mindset that big is not always better.
So, why are some persuaded to live in quarters that are smaller than the garages on many new homes? Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD) answers this question:
“Tiny houses offer a way to make your living space serve your life, instead of the other way around. It’s not about having less, it’s about having more—more money and time to devote to the things that are really important to you.”
The “Tiny Lifestyle” is considered a social movement to live efficiently by down-sizing living space. The average Canadian home is 2400 square-feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square-feet. The potential for savings becomes evident when you consider the hidden costs of owning a home; utilities, heating/cooing, property taxes, insurance premiums and other maintenance.
Smaller living quarters also disallow for accumulation of material excess. Bigger homes typically have more things in them, furniture, cars, toys, clothing, objects…..Tiny homes simply don’t have the room. No walk-in closets for a shoe collection or space in the basement to turn into a man-cave. In an excellent article published by “becoming minimalist” Joshua Becker explains that excess is not the same as success.
“We desire lasting significance, influence and impact, but spend most of our time chasing temporal possessions. We spend our hours earning money. We spend our money buying products. We waste our energy caring for them. And then we punch the time clock on Monday to start the process again.”
The other driving force behind the Tiny House shift has been environmental and conservation movements. At present, the environmental movement in Canada is at a bit of a crossroads. Having finally moved beyond simply outlining worst practices and their consequences, the last decade has witnessed proactive solutions and workable alternatives to every kind of environmental problem including population growth and housing. More Canadians recognize that endless suburbs and urban sprawl have significant cost to the environment and are demanding friendlier solutions. Living Tiny offers countless opportunities for a household to decrease its burden on the environment.
For more information on Tiny Houses and a list of local builders/architects, please contact us and we would be glad to provide further facts and details.
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