Could You Hack it in a Tiny House?

posted: 09/10/15
by: Courtney Reimer

There's been a slow-but-steady trend afoot of people eschewing large homes -- and all of the stuff people accumulate inside those large homes -- in favor of a more minimalist life in a much more minimalist structure. Enter: the tiny house movement.

But how does a family handle the reality of radically downsizing from the typical American home size of around 2,000 square feet to as little as 100 square feet?

Some say it's changed their lives for the better in major ways. Alysha St. Germain wrote in XOJane that it "not only brought us closer as a family, but it taught us many valuable lessons regarding our purpose as well as the falsely-inflated value we place on our possessions."

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Others, however, haven't had such a long-lasting, happy experience. In a post called "Why We Won't Be Living in Hour Tiny Home," Jessica Friday writes: "Some people live in a tiny house because it truly makes their lives more simple, yet it gives them space to do the things they want to do. I realize now that the tiny house had reached a point that it was restricting our lives and our expectations."

Perhaps, though, there is a place for a happy medium on this: the tiny home as a vacation home? For those of us who've always thought the idea of having a second home was a pipe dream that could never come to be, scaling down that dream to a tiny place makes it slightly more attainable. At the average price of $200 to $400 per square foot, they certainly are a more reasonable investment than, say, Julianne Moore's $3.5 million beach cabin.

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