As housing prices continue to escalate in the big cities in Canada (particularly Toronto and Vancouver), it is becoming increasingly difficult for younger people to buy homes. Enter the new movement of “tiny living” and “micro-homes”. These teeny houses range between 100 – 400 square feet, in comparison to a North American house which averages about 2,600 feet. The movement has really taken off in areas like Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and the Carolinas.
Why would you want to live in a tiny house?
Well, first off, when you see these multi-functional little homes, you might feel a sudden urge to go build one yourself. There are three main reasons as to why people have begun adopting this trend:
Money, money, money! For the majority of people working in North America, around a third to a half of their monthly income is set aside to pay for their rent or mortgage on their $300,000 home. Particularly popular with generation X, building one of these tiny homes from scratch will only cost you between $10,000 and $100,000.
Save the world. A strong trait of people choosing to live the “Tiny Life” is that they care about the environment and are keen to live a more sustainable life. The environmental footprint of these structures is very low, and many include cool green features like compost toilets and solar panel roofs.
Freedom! When interviewed, many tiny home owners defined a new sense of personal and financial freedom as a major reason of building a tiny house. Not only did they eliminate mortgage payments, they were also able to de-clutter their lives. It would make cleaning a breeze!
You can do it too!
So, do you think you could build and live in a tiny house? Check out “The Tiny Life” website where you can find out more about the movement and receive guides on how to build out every inch of your prospective tiny home. Are you really excited about the idea, but would need another set of hands? Give AskforTask a call on +1 844-275-8275 and request a handyman for a “tiny” price.
In the meantime, check out this BuzzFeed video of people experiencing living in a tiny house for the first time!