What is a Tiny House?

It’s tempting to say that a tiny house is a kind of house. A house that is of a certain size, colour and style. But it’s more broad than that. I should rephrase the question really, to What is the tiny house movement? Because that’s the reality of it, it’s more movement than a type of house.

So, what is the tiny house movement?

I think The Tiny Life says it best; “[It] is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces, simplified living”. It’s a “way of life”, to borrow from the cliche.

Sure, most tiny houses look very similar. So it could be said that they are a certain size, colour and style. The typical American tiny house tends to be about 4.5×2.5m, has a loft bedroom and a small bathroom and kitchenette at the back, under the loft. The outside is clad in beautiful dark timber siding. The roof is pitched with a cute little gable. But that’s arbitrary. It’s more about the people that live in them, and their philosophy, than the thing they choose to live in.

The Tiny Life believes that tiny living encompasses:

Tiny Houses
Life Simplification
Environmental Consciousness
Self Sufficiency
Sound Fiscal Plans
Social Consciousness

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