Thanks to the internet, things that were once community fads and short-lived attempts at cultural change have become full-fledged movements. This is affecting all manner of change, from political change to social change. One of the most exciting cultural changes is the Tiny Houses movement.
The best tiny houses for sale in 2018 are not just houses that are small. They’re homes that are specifically designed to have as little space as possible. One example is a house in Warsaw that has been built between two buildings, though this is an extreme example and was built as a “motivation home” for aspiring writers. More reasonable Tiny Homes for sale are still quite small, allowing only the bare minimum of living space. In general, they’re designed to have space for a bed, the smallest version of cooking appliances possible (such as a hot plate instead of a stove, a mini-fridge instead of an actual refrigerator, etc.), and no frills at all.
There are some arguments about these houses, both for and against. Keep reading if you’re curious what the arguments for and against are, as well as some things to consider before you decide for or against.
Arguments In Favor Of Tiny Houses
One of the main arguments against the Tiny Home movement is the ability to get rid of “stuff.” This means different things to different people, but all of them have the same goal of reducing their lives to the bare necessities. Some people enjoy “off-the-grid” living and enjoy having a home that allows them to live in a particularly remote area and gives them plenty of room for a garden and other necessities. Other people feel that living costs have gotten far too high, and would like the chance to reduce costs as low as possible.
The cost of living issue is perhaps the biggest problem the best Tiny Houses for sale in 2018 were designed to combat. Because these houses are so small, a new one can be built for the cost of a new car. With such a low cost, people can buy their home immediately and not worry about foreclosure.
Another major argument for the Tiny Home movement is the ability to reduce pollution and a persons’ individual carbon footprint. Because these houses are so small, it takes an incredibly tiny amount of energy to run. If a house is built with heating, electricity, and running water, required by law in many municipalities, then the cost to run these utilities is nominal. More importantly, however, is the fact that the best tiny homes for sale in 2018 use so little energy at all.
Arguments Against Tiny Homes
The main argument against the Tiny Home movement is ironically the same argument in favor, merely from a different angle. People against Tiny Houses agree that they lower the cost of living immensely, but they feel the sudden “interest” in the movement is as much marketing as anything. This marketing, they explain, is nothing more than putting the burden of rising costs on the people most suffering.
This may seem like a ridiculous argument, but there’s quite a bit of merit to it. In an age when you’re required to have a degree for any job that pays more than minimum wage and the average student loan debt is $37,172, it’s becoming clear that the average person can no longer bear the weight of debt. People against the Tiny Home movement are essentially saying that rather than glorify the idea of giving up comforts to survive, the U.S. Government should fix the economy so that people don’t view the idea of living in a home about the size of a standard RV as reasonable.Besides which, the argument continues, the people who could most benefit from having a Tiny Home are those who can’t afford it. The Best Tiny House for sale in 2018 may cost as little as a brand new late model car, but that’s still a cost completely unattainable by most low-income Americans. People working three jobs for a little over minimum wage tend to live paycheck to paycheck, and it doesn’t help that businesses such as PayDay Loans tend to prey on them to get them stuck in debt. Only those who are already reasonably well off can afford a Tiny Home in the first place, which makes their positive economic impact questionable.
Another major argument against the Tiny Home movement is that people need more space than they provide. While it’s certainly possible for some people to live in such a small space, most people need more than 200 sq. Feet to 1,000 sq. Feet to be comfortable. While it’s certainly true that the average size of the U.S. home has gone from 1,660 sq. Feet in 1973 to 2,453 sq. Feet in 2014, people argue that the solution is not to go all the way to the other extreme. They once again point to government regulation and proper economic incentives to keep companies from reinforcing the idea that a bigger home is a better home and instead push more reasonably sized homes.
Whether for or against, the fact remains that many people are finding themselves genuinely content in their Tiny Home. From a slightly larger RV that can be parked in RV lots and campsites, to a larger stationary home that’s part of a Tiny Home Village, it’s clear that many people are joining the Tiny Home movement. Since the most important part of any home is the ability to feel comfortable, there will no doubt be much more Tiny Houses built over time.