More Kiwis are downsizing their lives into smaller spaces than they imagined. And despite the headlines, some are delighted to do so. It’s not about being squeezed into a shoebox because that’s all they can afford. An apartment, duplex or terraced home can be homely and it’s cheaper to run and has less maintenance. Building smaller homes means that Kiwis can still have the all important back yard on a smaller piece of land.
Two distinct groups of buyers are interested in these homes. One is young couples, who haven’t accumulated lots of belongings. The other is 50-60-something empty nesters who no longer wanted the responsibility of a rambling home.
Living in a smaller home isn’t necessarily commensurate with the exact reduction in size. A small home, uses clever design to make up for the lack of space.
Smaller homes have many advantages.
Even shipping containers are being turned into functional and smart small homes. Sometimes design allows two homes to be bolted together to expand the home as needs must or finance becomes available. That can be the case with container and modular homes.
Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.
People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
So what is the alternative? One solution might be to live smaller. While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied in order to escape the cycle of debt in which almost 70% of Americans are trapped.
Tiny house enthusiasm is a growing movement, that is for sure! It has helped people learn about another way to live their lives.
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