In the past two decades, we’ve seen more and more large, luxurious houses going up in planned communities. You’ve seen them. Most are beautiful homes with expansive open kitchens, bathrooms to accompany each bedroom and lots of wide open floor plans. These houses, look lovely, and for the owners they are the definition of the American dream. But, for a growing number of other people, their American dream is a little different. To those that have embraced tiny house living, they view that big house as a heavy chain around their neck that keeps them grinding away to pay for the mortgage, furnishings, landscaping and plans to renovate or expand indoor and outdoor living areas. People living the tiny house life, see that big, beautiful home as something that’s preventing them from living their “American dream”. Maybe you’re one of them, too…
The tiny house movement began as a result of the accumulation lifestyle that many people were tired of maintaining. You know how it goes. Bigger house means more space, more space means you need(and can fit) more stuff, you get more stuff, but you’re never satisfied. The cycle continues. Some people thought they could live a more satisfying lifestyle if they downsized in a big way. It seemed that a lot of other people were having the same thought and the tiny house movement, grew.
Whether it’s right for you is something you’ll have to determine, but here are some benefits that have convinced lots of other people to take the tiny house plunge…
1. Lower Utility Bills
The energy savings for a tiny home can be extreme. First of all, if you’ve ever lived in a large house, you know how expensive utilities can get. Keeping a big space heated or air conditioned to a comfortable temperature uses a lot of energy, which means you pay a lot more money for utilities. Many tiny homes, also, have solar panel systems that provide all the power that they will ever need. For these tiny house owners, their monthly electric bill is $0. Learn more about solar power, read our article: WOW! The Benefits of installing Solar Power…
2. Low or No Mortgage Payment
The median price of a US home is currently over $200,000. However, you can build a tiny house for significantly less. If you do some or all of the work yourself, you may never have to take out a loan. Even if you do have to take out a mortgage loan on your tiny house, the payments on a tiny house loan are going to be much, much smaller than those on a $200,000+ home loan.
With a tiny house, your property isn’t entirely taken up by your home. In fact, by living in a significantly smaller space, you can double or even triple the size of your yard, which leaves more room for gardening. With more gardening space, you’ll have the ability to grow more fruits and vegetables to feed yourself and your family, which will lower your grocery bills and give you easy access to fresh, healthy food.
4. Less Space Inside Means More Focus on Outdoor Enjoyment
You might be thinking, “But my family and I will be tripping all over each other in a tiny house!” Think of it this way, not only will you have more room for gardening, but you’ll also have more space to enjoy the outdoors. You can eat dinner together under the stars at night and play outside in the yard during the day. Regardless of where you live in the country, there are so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, but we spend so much of our time inside. With a tiny house, you can really focus on everything that the outdoors can offer to you.
5. Mobility – The Freedom to Live Where You Choose
A lot of tiny houses are built onto trailers or truck beds and can be moved easily when you want or need to. Imagine living wherever you please. If you want to take an extended road trip with your family, you don’t have to make an intricate plan or spend extra money for hotels. If you need to move because you’ve gotten a new job or if you just want to see another part of the country, if you live in a tiny house, you don’t even have to pack.
Living in a tiny house certainly has challenges, too. However, you’ve got to determine what’s important to you – for your life. These are just a few of the benefits of tiny house living. If it’s something that interests you, then you can probably think of many more. Tiny houses are the very definition of freedom and enjoyment for many people. Are you one of them?
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