Why Tiny Homes?

The Benefits

The saying goes that bigger is always better. However, when that is used against a concept such as mortgage, it’s easy to see how that saying is not absolutely true. The tiny home way of life has many benefits on a full size scale, and there are generally three areas where most people experience the greatest benefits. The first is obviously in the way of financial gains, the second is the environmental footprint, and one that some may not anticipate is the healthy psychological balance that can be gained from having all these effects combined. Each benefit on it’s own is enough to attract some people to the movement. Others search for the whole package, and custom tailor a tiny home around the inconveniences of modern life in a regular sized home. If you’re on the fence and don’t know which direction to head in about your tiny home research, there are a couple of advantages that need to be explored before you can make a fully educated decision. Purchasing a tiny home is something you need to head into knowing what you want, otherwise your small house can become claustrophobic fast.


What are the Essentials of the Movement?

Basically, the tiny home movement started because of the housing market crash. It forced people to reevaluate the housing market into something that they could be in charge of their home and their future. The market displayed it’s true fragility, and people responded by taking matters into their own hands. Houses have been getting bigger, as well. The recent decades arrived at a median size of a single family home at 2,520 square feet. The generations that came before lived in houses much smaller than that. Some people work their whole lives to live in a large house, and it’s a worthy goal. Today’s economy does not make it easy to manage such a feat. Still, other people do not want to live in massive homes. The tiny house movement is growing, and it is coming in to the mainstream on the back of the past, rather than the future. People used to have less than we have, and some believe that the large quantity of “stuff” is what makes some people feel unfulfilled and unhappy. Debt, is a big player in the unhappiness spectrum as well.


The tiny homes most commonly bought land somewhere in an average of 186 sq. ft. They can be larger, but rarely get beyond 400 sq. ft. Tiny homes are a part of a social movement, but many are engineered with the desire to be less tied down to the grid. The paradoxical nature is part of their charm, because when you truly own what you have, and you’re not subject to constantly paying for it then you realize that you don’t actually have to own that much. Most of us want a rewarding life with financial and emotional freedom, with a tiny home that option becomes more available for people who don’t make as much money as those who are financially and emotionally free with large houses. Often times, people tend to live slightly above their means, the tiny home movement is about living just below or far below them, and using your freedom to improve your quality of life. The people building tiny homes are not all extremists, either. There are a large number of different kinds of people joining the movement. Young people are joining because of the terrible economy they’re beginning to start work in. Millennials can’t afford a home the way that previous generations could. Of course, there are people who don’t want a mortgage, and are getting into the tiny home movement for that reason alone. Some don’t want to leave large carbon footprints. Others want to spend more time traveling, and some just want to simplify. One of the unexpected adopters of the movement would be the retirees who want to downsize. It seems the movement has quickly spanned all generations.

Custom steel metal garage with two lean-to's.


When the tiny home movement first came around, a lot of people used wood as they normally would in building a traditional sized home. The more people learned about building tiny homes, the more engineers got involved in streamlining for efficacy. Steel is the new frontier of tiny homes, and it is not thanks to it’s commonality with wood. It is more efficient in energy, cost, usefulness, and durability. There are a host of reasons why steal is a better option than wood, and more engineers and tiny home builders are realizing this. The longer the movement adapts to the housing climate, the more ideas and innovation will come to fruition. We offer many levels of customizable metal structures, and we previously discussed the new barndominium movement. You can also call in to speak with a metal building advisor at any time.


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