In the past 40 years, the average American house has increased in size by 1,000 square feet. However, with real estate prices on the rise, some homebuyers are thinking small…really small. Tiny homes, also called micro dwellings, are trending right now, with people sacrificing the space of a traditional single-family home for the massively affordable, surprisingly functional little living spaces. The tiny house movement, as it is called, has been gaining traction, especially since the 2008 recession, and shows no signs of slowing down. Here are 5 things you should know about tiny houses and the people who love them.
- They cost $23,000 on average. That’s right- for about the same price you’d pay for a new Ford Focus, you can pick up an entire house. Compare that to the $300,000 price tag of the average single family home and you can sort of start to see what all the fuss about tiny homes is about.
- They are less than 200 square feet in area. Hope you’re not claustrophobic! Tiny house enthusiasts are able to make do with around 180 square feet of living space, on average- that’s about 1/11 of an average-sized home (approx. 2,100 square feet)!
- They could potentially end homelessness. Because they take up so little space and cost so much less than traditional homes, tiny houses are an ideal solution for the homeless population. Some altruistic builders are already crafting tiny houses out of found materials for the homeless in their cities.
- They are (relatively) portable. Like mobile homes, tiny houses can be designed to be moved. While some tiny houses can be placed on a trailer and moved, others, like the units in an Austin, TX apartment building, are designed to slide out from the main building itself and be moved as a module into another building. This could change the way we think about moving!
- No property tax is assessed…if the tiny house is on wheels. You will not be charged property taxes if your tiny home is not built on a solid foundation. Good news for tiny house dwellers whose home is built on a foundation, though- you will be assessed for property tax based on the square footage of your home, so it should be minimal, to say the least.
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