The European Union (EU) has been going through a housing crisis. Well, this is what the 2017 report by the European Federation of National Organisation working with the homeless states say about the housing crisis in Europe and the situation is almost the same elsewhere in the world, especially on affordable housing segments. To address the issue, many experts promote the tiny home idea. The worst affected here would be the youth who are for this reason forced to live with their parents and struggling to get a home of their own.
According to a study, almost 50% of the youth spend more than 40% of their disposable income on housing. The youth want to own now houses that are not only mortgage free and affordable but also ecologically sustainable. What is the solution to this crisis and how does one manage? Apparently, the solution is tiny homes, and it’s widely popular in the US and has been making ripples recently in Europe as well.
What is a tiny home?
Tiny homes or also known as micro homes are ones that usually take space of less than 37 square meters. Mostly constructed on trailers, they built at free and unwanted and unused space in your country. These are single space residences which provides its owners with all the comfort and are generally mobile. Mostly these are wooden buildings and can cost one around $15,000 if you are buying a kit or around $50,000 if you decide to purchase an entirely assembled house.
The evolution of tiny homes started in the United States in 1997 by Jay Shafer. He constructed one for himself and then later formed the company Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. If you want to, you can see our models. A micro house is usually taken up by young individuals or couples who are just starting on with their lives and see it as a cheaper alternative than paying rent or old couples who want to enjoy a simple yet comfortable life.
Now, this idea has been finding its momentum in Europe, and there is a substantial surge when it comes to construction of these small houses. In fact, since 2004, there has been an increase of 172% rise of these tiny homes.
Are tiny homes worth it?
The main reason why people prefer living in a tiny home is to save money, but there are other benefits as well. As we all know, climate change is real, and it’s happening. Global warming is a serious issue which means that everyone should try to do their own bit to contribute to this cause. Bigger houses mean more use of wood products, more electricity consumption, more energy consumption and more CO2 emissions. Building smaller homes is not only less expensive, but it’s also less economically damaging as well. We consume a significant amount of natural resources at a much higher rate than the earth can replenish.
However, the tiny homes are not free of criticisms. Critics like to call them as dog kennel houses. There is no fixed size of these houses, and sometimes space is as less as 25 square meters. These houses are also criticized for poor design as sometimes kitchen and bathroom are generally in the living room itself.
It doesn’t matter whether you like or hate tiny homes, but the truth is they are here to stay. More and more people are buying these homes, and it’s not a fad that is going to die in few days. In fact, tiny houses are a big deal these days and meaningful solution for low-income groups.