Millions of people around the world live in modestly sized homes which have long been the norm. For example in Europe where most people live in flats. Here in North America, the industry has been underway for several years; some suggesting that it gained ground in the US after the 2008 financial crises.
Since then there are thousands of tiny house people, and a subsequent influx of publications, builders, developers and network TV shows. The industry is booming, and laws are being updated to meet the demand.
In Canada, the idea has emerged in the last four years and is gaining rapid popularity. What was once considered a ‘trend’ is now a viable industry. You might be a tiny house person if:
1) You want to stop losing near 30% (or more) of your income to housing.
2) You come to realize larger homes and having more possessions equal more ongoing costs.
3) You value the concept of consuming less; needing less income.
4) You wish to be less dependent on the grid and the associated rising costs’ of energy.
5) You want to have ‘more life’, creating and maintaining stronger connections with family, friends and community.
It is important to understand that living smaller, tiny, or micro is not about the sacrifice of modern amenities. It is a rethinking of priorities.