In the last few years various news media have glorified the way some people are designing, building, and living in tiny houses. Very small living quarters are not new. Mrs22 and I lived in one shortly after our marriage. We called it a ‘Cabin’, perhaps because we were in Alaska. It was small – 320 square feet and we built it ourselves. We lived in it for several years. It was ‘Cozy’ – especially when two teen-age kids moved in with us. It was all we could afford at the time.
Now they are ‘Tiny Houses’ and people are building them for the same reasons. It, like every thing else, is about the money.
Here is a link to an article about tiny houses titled, “The “Tiny House Movement”. Otherwise known as “Poverty”. The writer has some unpleasant points to make – even if they are true:
Hey hipsters. Its not a tiny house. its a TRAILER. Its not a tiny house community. Its a TRAILER PARK. You are not “right sizing”. You are POOR.
Words mean things. Stop your damn lying.”
It must be said that shanty design has come a long way from the image above. But the writer makes a good point. I did an image search for ‘Tiny Homes. Here is an example of what I found:
Like many tiny houses this one was built on a chassis and has wheels under it – much like this Park Model trailer house:
OK. Back to the original question. Who is behind the ‘Tiny House’ movement? Could it be the green community? That might be. There’s no doubt they want everyone to decrease their ‘Footprint’. Short of living in a cave, this would come close. There are even magazines and websites devoted to this phenomenon.
I will say one thing about tiny houses. They will work for a select number of young people who are poor and can’t afford much else or want to minimize their housing expenses so they can save money. That last is what we did.
They will also work for some older people. Sometimes they are called, “Mother-in-law houses”. Imagine a widowed mother coming to live with you. Something like this could preserve her – and your – privacy while allowing you to assist her if she needs it.
Growing families, though, would be cramped. Just ask Mrs22.
One problem with these mini houses -and the reason so many are on wheels – is the cost of the land to put them on, the foundation, and the water, sewage, electrical, and other utility installations. It is possible to own one for a small outlay but those other necessities will add a lot to the expense. That’s why so many are stationed in trailer parks or RV parks.
It seems we have come full circle, changing only the title of the trailer.