Tiny houses have been around for a while, and the trend doesn’t seem to be fading away anytime soon. With the minimalist lifestyle becoming more popular, and society being more conscientious about conserving the earth’s resources, the appeal of downsizing and keeping our living spaces simple is more appealing every day. The tiny house lifestyle may not work for everyone, but it’s worth considering if you are looking to truly simplify your life.

First and foremost, tiny homes force the occupants to be deliberate and diligent in their belongings and organizational habits. Every square inch of these wee houses is optimized for storage, convenience, and efficiency. If something doesn’t fit, it doesn’t come in! Incorporating furnishings and features that serve double- and triple-duty is key. It’s common to find drawers in staircases; shelves and cupboards built around kitchen appliances, lofts that serve as bedrooms, offices, studios and storage areas; pull-out wardrobes and pantries.

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Another attractive benefit to living in a tiny home is the tiny operating costs. Fewer square feet equals fewer utility bills—or at least lower ones! Most tiny homes fall within the 250-500 square feet range, making electricity, water, and heating bills much lower than the Canadian single-family home average size of 2,200 square feet! Tiny home contractors will often incorporate energy-efficient systems like solar panels, water filtration, and LED lighting to even further reduce spending. Skylights not only brighten up these little spaces, they also shed light on solar devices and help to grow indoor gardens all year long.

Plenty of windows make tiny houses feel more spacious.

With mortgage rates and rent on the rise, the financial side of owning a tiny house is certainly appealing. In Canada, according to Tiny House Listings Canada (source: tinyhouselistingscanada.com ), the average cost to purchase a ready-made tiny house is $85,000, and to source materials and build yourself, closer to $33,500. And with research and resourcefulness, you can customize the plans to make use of recycled and reclaimed materials, saving you even more in upfront costs.

Imagine having everything within view, and within reach. Imagine less time cleaning and organizing, and more time enjoying the outdoors. Imagine the financial freedom to explore the world. Society is simplifying, and tiny homes are an economical and resourceful way to encourage a simpler lifestyle, where every item in your home matters—and the moments you enjoy there matter even more.

This method of living most likely wouldn’t work for those with many family members, and is not for everyone. Could tiny home living be for you?

Until next time,
Kathy

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