Why Go Micro; The Tiny House 'Trend' Breakdown
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. - Henry David Thoreau
Without diving too deep into the problems of an overly materialistic society where everything has to be bigger to be better, let us just say that everyone has their own reasons for going tiny... ie. Making the decision to downsize living quarters to something averaging just 300 sq ft. So, what are the benefits?
An obvious major factor is the financial aspect. Whether the decision is to purchase in full or mortgage a tiny house (lease to own) the costs are significantly lower than owning or renting any traditional home or apartment. What's more, even though you're paying less it doesn't mean you are downgrading - A tiny house can be built to your needs using highest quality materials. And because you're spending less than on a regular home, you have the option to outfit your home with modern, highly eco-efficient appliances, never mind a design layout that you can customize or create from scratch all together!
More time outdoors is another major factor for many tiny house dwellers. When days are sunny, sunsets are outside every window and door. With the outdoors being quite literally, right there, you have less excuses to not step outside on to your porch for that morning coffee, or spend more sunsets outside by your fire. Remember, you can chose where you 'park it', chances are you'll choose somewhere pretty damn spectacular.
In case you needed more reasons to be convinced, we've got two more words; Travel and mobility. With having the option to build and have your tiny house permanently on wheels, you can go anywhere an RV can go, not to mention, park it (almost) everywhere an RV can. Each province/state has it's own rules and regulations, so be sure to do your homework - but the options are endless. Have a permanent home you can take with you - from coast to mountains and back again.
The list could go on, but our last major contributor to the ultimate plus of going tiny is the opportunity to be self-sufficient - to be able to live in the wilderness and have everything you could possibly need. While many people prefer to be "on the grid" many builders offer to outfit your home to be off-grid capable - meaning no connections to city water and power are necessary. Think no bills, propane, solar, wood-burning heat and rain water collection - To us that is the ultimate lifestyle; a bit of isolation, freedom, and solitude.