Have you heard of the tiny house movement? Basically, it describes people trading their normal-sized houses for tiny ones. Instead of living in a home that's on average 2,600 square feet, they choose to live in a tiny house that's between 100 and 400 square feet. The advantages are dramatically reduced costs, greener living, and cutting down hugely on buying "stuff". If you have no place to put it, you are much less likely to buy something just for the sake of going shopping.
While the idea of living small isn't new, the latest movement started less than 20 years ago, in 1997. Thanks to its presence on social media, I stumbled across it, and have been watching YouTube videos non-stop for the last few days.
The idea has something deeply fascinating for me: It reminds me of my childhood fantasies of living in a tree house. Also, did you know that a lot of the tiny houses are on wheels? You just hook them onto your vehicle, and off you go. You could travel the world and always have your home with you!
My head is spinning with all the amazing possibilities tiny houses could provide you with.
If you have a few hours (or days), take a look at this website that features hundreds of tiny houses: Tiny House Swoon. Let me warn you, it's addictive!
I have put together a list of my favourites for you. Enjoy!
This is one of my favourites. The layout is beyond perfect, and I love how personal it is! Anita really managed to put her own unique stamp on every detail of her beautiful home.
Sandy Tiny house
Lewis and Clark's Tiny House
My Empty Nest
Psst. Did you know that it is an airbnb?
Rowan's Tiny House
Coal Harbour Floating Home
é in Paris. I love this house.
Hilltop Man Cave
To get the full impact of this unique house, you have to watch the video. This is, literally, a man cave! Don't forget to take in the view, it is breathtaking!
Julie and Andrew created an incredibly cozy and well-functioning home in this 1990 Bluebird bus. If you want to learn more about life on the road and how they ended up living in a bus, check out Julie's blog and video below.
I decided to limit each home to two images, which was so hard to do. They are all so special and beautiful, I want to share everything with you! But for the sake of brevity (sort of, this is a mammoth post), I had to sacrifice detail. Please, please click on the links and enjoy the full tours! You won't be disappointed, I promise.
What do you think? Are you ready to sell your place and build a community of tiny homes on a big, gorgeous piece of property? I'm in if you are ;-)
First image found here (edited by me).
All other images found here.