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The financial crisis of 2007-2008 prompted society to reevaluate certain components of our way of life. Many homeowners realized that their McMansions were actually unaffordable and lost them to foreclosure or unemployment. Tiny houses started becoming more popular as an alternative that requires less building materials, less maintenance, lower utility bills and has less space to buy unnecessary possessions. The leaders of the Small House Movement— Jay Shafer, Shay Solomon, Nigel Valdez and Gregory Paul Johnson— have shown that living with a structurally and ecologically smaller footprint emphasizes design over size and promotes healthier living. Their goal is not to advocate for people to move into 100- sq ft homes; they understand most people would find that too small. Rather, they want to encourage people to downsize and end the chapter of American history called “Bigger is Better”.

Living in smaller houses can allow you to spend more time with your family and more money for things that will actually bring happiness, such as traveling. Most Americans spend one third to half of their income on their houses. Smaller houses require less maintenance; therefore, less time to do chores and more time with loved ones. Larger houses were bought under the idea that if you had prestige and showed others that you were wealthy, then you would be happy. However, studies have shown that if you truly want to be happy, you should invest your money in experiences. Having a smaller mortgage to pay eases up your budget for more traveling.

If you want to start optimizing your space for higher-quality living and a smaller ecological footprint, check out the following links:

  1. Tiny Houses and House Plans designed by Jay Shafer (founder of Small House Movement and picture featured above): http://www.fourlightshouses.com/pages/tiny-houses
  2. DIY instructions to build your own Hermit House (picture featured below): http://www.hermithouses.nl/diy/
  3. DIY-House based on car trailers: http://hartzivmoebel.blogspot.de/p/unreal-estate-house.html
  4. Small Houses for Sale: http://smallhousesociety.net/resources/

Screen-Shot-2015-07-06-at-1.20.37-PM The Tiny House Movement News

Source: Inhabitat

Sources:

Kurutz, S. (2008, September 10). The Next Little Thing?. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/garden/11tiny.html?pagewanted=all

The Tiny Life. What Is The Tiny House Movement? Retrieved from http://thetinylife.com/what-is-the-tiny-house-movement/

Small House Society. http://smallhousesociety.net/about/