The Tiny Home Revolution: A Journey Towards Intentional Living

The Tiny Home Revolution: A Journey Towards Intentional Living

A pod-sized living space might not make the most sense for most of us, but the movement behind tiny houses has captured hearts from coast to coast. The promise of a life unencumbered by “things” in favor of a few carefully chosen beloveds and chosen activities is the stuff dreams are made of. With the average tiny house being less than 400 square feet, less really does equal more, an idea we wanted to delve into a bit further for those of you who, like us, may feel on the verge of a life less cluttered and crowded.

With more heart, soul, ingenuity and consideration than the square footage suggests, tiny homes represent a conscious shift in intention toward a life of circulation, sustainable living, minimalist value for maximum living and a conscious escape from the chokehold a traditional mortgage can have on the average American, what’s not to love?

The Inarguable Charm of Tiny Homes

Why have tiny homes captured the imagination in the way they have, you ask? Here are a few of the most persuasive reasons thousands have decided to say sayonara to their megamortgages:

  • Environmental Stewardship – With their minuscule carbon footprint, tiny homes are as close to becoming a green building as it gets. The materials it takes to build are more minimal than any other kind of structure – and that’s not even counting cost and having to keep a little or no heat/air condition. Less space overall to heat and cool means less of a necessity for energy.
  • Economic Liberation – There is so much freedom which comes with being able to afford to live in a home completely or death free, fans of tiny homes argue in droves. Traditional mortgage payments can haunt and hang on for years and a tiny house means you own your home. You’ll care for and maintain a home that belongs to only you by the end of the day.
  • The Essence of Simple – Minimalists extoll the virtues of tiny living as it is more of a conscious evaporation of distractions out of your life, and having more of the simplicity you’ve always wanted in its place.
  • Adventurous Mobility – Packing up and going – literally! The budding relationship between tiny homes and RVIA-certified RVers literally save on steps to work, vacation from work – whatever floats their boat.

Embarking on the Tiny Living Adventure

There is much to be done for those of you who have made this far unscathed – namely because the road to tiny-dom is one marked, not so much in smooth concrete, but in small, deliberate choices for how you see your future.

  • The Tiny Life – thetinylife.com – A feast of information on how to start tiny, as well as philosophical musings on all things minimalist.
  • Tiny Home Builders – tinyhomebuilders.com – Adds weight to the quantity of tiny homes – for sale, plans and advice on how to get started.
  • Tumbleweed Houses – tumbleweedhouses.com – Start your search for the tiny house RV of your dreams on this hallowed site.
  • Tiny Heirloom – tinyheirloom.com – Custom tiny homes? Done and done. They take pride in turning ideas into a home one visionary at a time.

Designing Your Tiny Dream

At first, creating a home that is as inspired and comfortable as it is usable and efficient would seem to be a tall order – indeed, not everyone is graced with that skill set. But while it clearly takes a special eye to balance form and function while photographing the homes we found for this story, the imaginative inhabitants of all the homes you see found ways to do so links found in preceding feature do just that.

In Conclusion

“All adult inhabitants of tiny homes are now arguably at the vanguard of a movement to more intentional, sustainable and, dare we say, free living. Whether inspired in the journey through a shrinking environment, a desire to pare away material – financial – burdens to better enjoy life, or some combination of those and other factors, the tiny home trend is not an affectation. It goes to the root of what life is really about, what truly matters most. In a word, it seems to us that the tiny home movement just shows the best things in life aren’t things.”

A pod-sized living space might not make the most sense for most of us, but the movement behind tiny houses has captured hearts from coast to coast. The promise of a life unencumbered by “things” in favor of a few carefully chosen beloveds and chosen activities is the stuff dreams are made of. With the average tiny house being less than 400 square feet, less really does equal more, an idea we wanted to delve into a bit further for those of you who, like us, may feel on the verge of a life less cluttered and crowded.

With more heart, soul, ingenuity and consideration than the square footage suggests, tiny homes represent a conscious shift in intention toward a life of circulation, sustainable living, minimalist value for maximum living and a conscious escape from the chokehold a traditional mortgage can have on the average American, what’s not to love?

The Inarguable Charm of Tiny Homes

Why have tiny homes captured the imagination in the way they have, you ask? Here are a few of the most persuasive reasons thousands have decided to say sayonara to their megamortgages:

  • Environmental Stewardship – With their minuscule carbon footprint, tiny homes are as close to becoming a green building as it gets. The materials it takes to build are more minimal than any other kind of structure – and that’s not even counting cost and having to keep a little or no heat/air condition. Less space overall to heat and cool means less of a necessity for energy.
  • Economic Liberation – There is so much freedom which comes with being able to afford to live in a home completely or death free, fans of tiny homes argue in droves. Traditional mortgage payments can haunt and hang on for years and a tiny house means you own your home. You’ll care for and maintain a home that belongs to only you by the end of the day.
  • The Essence of Simple – Minimalists extoll the virtues of tiny living as it is more of a conscious evaporation of distractions out of your life, and having more of the simplicity you’ve always wanted in its place.
  • Adventurous Mobility – Packing up and going – literally! The budding relationship between tiny homes and RVIA-certified RVers literally save on steps to work, vacation from work – whatever floats their boat.

Embarking on the Tiny Living Adventure

There is much to be done for those of you who have made this far unscathed – namely because the road to tiny-dom is one marked, not so much in smooth concrete, but in small, deliberate choices for how you see your future.

  • The Tiny Life – thetinylife.com – A feast of information on how to start tiny, as well as philosophical musings on all things minimalist.
  • Tiny Home Builders – tinyhomebuilders.com – Adds weight to the quantity of tiny homes – for sale, plans and advice on how to get started.
  • Tumbleweed Houses – tumbleweedhouses.com – Start your search for the tiny house RV of your dreams on this hallowed site.
  • Tiny Heirloom – tinyheirloom.com – Custom tiny homes? Done and done. They take pride in turning ideas into a home one visionary at a time.

Designing Your Tiny Dream

At first, creating a home that is as inspired and comfortable as it is usable and efficient would seem to be a tall order – indeed, not everyone is graced with that skill set. But while it clearly takes a special eye to balance form and function while photographing the homes we found for this story, the imaginative inhabitants of all the homes you see found ways to do so links found in preceding feature do just that.

In Conclusion

“All adult inhabitants of tiny homes are now arguably at the vanguard of a movement to more intentional, sustainable and, dare we say, free living. Whether inspired in the journey through a shrinking environment, a desire to pare away material – financial – burdens to better enjoy life, or some combination of those and other factors, the tiny home trend is not an affectation. It goes to the root of what life is really about, what truly matters most. In a word, it seems to us that the tiny home movement just shows the best things in life aren’t things.”

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