The Architecture of Tiny Houses
For over two decades, tiny houses has capture the imagination of alternative house enthusiast with its dollhouse facade, sustainable strategies and quality craftsmanship -tiny houses are all the rage today - they attract environmentalists, adventures, scrooges alike by offering their owners sustainability, mobility and debt-free. In our culture of overcompensation and bigger is better- tiny houses are the solution for our obsession with over consumption- in that sense tiny house movement is a counter-culture trend that challenges the paradigm of 'go big' mindset.
As a minimalist tiny houses is the ultimately symbol of Fuck you to the capitalist system and culture that tells us that our happiness, and success can only be measured and achieved through large purchases, i.e. $20 million Mansion with 8-10 rooms, the luxury car, big screen in every single room etc... specifically consumption for the sake of status, where home buyer prefer big houses without regard for their impact on the community or the environment - In other words living theAmerican dream - displaying consumption of goods to signify power -displaying and showing off power through consumption translate to happiness.
I wouldn't say that my obsession with tiny houses was driven by my interest in being a minimalist - the desire to have less, but it's the beauty of architectural work that goes into making the tiny houses. In that sense my obsession was driven by my obsession with architecture more so than minimalism. We all have our interest, hobbies and obsession, my obsession happens to be architecture, particularly modern architecture. I can't say I am versed in the field of architecture nor could could I say that I am able to hold a conversation about architecture - but it's an area of interest to me. There is a beauty in the simple construction of tiny houses and the outcome is always far more beautiful than a $20 million Mansion with 10 rooms. I can't convince anyone to see the beauty embedded in the architectural work of tinyhouses - in a society where every celebrity has a mansion the idea of purchasing a tiny sustainable house that cost less than 20 million would be a laughable matter. For those not convinced yet by the mere beauty of these tiny houses here are few reasons reasons why I am attracted to tiny houses and what you might find interesting.
Sustainability and Environment - From an environmentalist ground, tiny houses have environmental benefits. There are many statistics on the environmental benefits of and efficiency of tiny houses. The structure of tiny houses is efficient because of their small surface area - the limitation of space means lower energy use because there are fewer lights, less space for heat, and more importantly less appliances than in a traditional. With 18% of greenhouse gases coming from residential houses -this implies that the traditional home has an impact on our everyday lives. While a tiny house needs 2,000 pounds of C02 per year, the average house requires 28,000 pounds of it. Other sustainability feature of tiny house is the option of going without running water or plumbing - many owners opt for composting toilets and solar pwoer for any electricity they may need.
Less Space, More Money - Tiny houses are less expensive compared to traditional houses as well as in terms of taxes, building, heating, maintenance and repair cost. Depending on where you purchase your tiny houses the prices can range from $20,000 to $50,000, whereas some creative do it yourself aficionados have built their tiny houses for as less as $2,000 according to Charloe Kilman most tiny houses cost are below $100,000, which makes it very attractive compared to traditional house prices that starts at $200,000.
De-clutter and save money - owning a tiny house can also save you money by restricting consumption and waste which encourage its owner to lead a minimalist life style. Having a limited space make owners to pay attention to the quantity purchase in order to make the house less cluttered. This forces owners to limit their purchase to only practical things - things that fit in the house, the owner gives up the ethical relationship that they may have with consumption. As a homeowner they must become conscious of their consumption rate - the language of 'does this looks good on me ' becomes 'do i need this price of clothing.'
"Tiny houses can mean big things for our economy, the environment, and our communities; it could be just a matter of time before our culture legitimizes the mindset behind them." - Kilman
The beauty of tiny houses is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and form to allow you to live a simpler life in a smaller and more efficient space - so if you are not into tiny houses, you can constructed a house that fits within the tiny house scheme that is sustainable and enviromentally friendly