Builders might not be jumping on the bandwagon but the market is making it clear. Smaller, more affordable housing, simplified lifestyles and financial freedom are hot topics. Tiny houses (the kind on wheels) might not be the right solution for everyone but well designed compact housing with an equally compact price tag would certainly appeal to a larger crowd.
So, what is stopping us from building in a more compact nature? Bylaws, property taxation, and the bottom line of the design and construction industry…just to name a few. People profit when housing gets bigger but there is profit in small(er) housing…we just need to start thinking (and designing) a little differently.
The article below talks about why builders aren’t taking to the Tiny House market in swarms and what roadblocks stand in the way of this happening.
Interest in houses of only a few hundred square feet has picked up in the last several years, with owners and designers praising their simplicity, efficiency, and and financial advantages. Websites like The Tiny Life offer guidance for escaping the tyranny of a big mortgage with a move to the “the tiny life.”