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What’s Trending: Tiny Homes

When HGTV started popping up with shows: “Tiny House, Big Living,” “Tiny House Hunters,” and “Tiny House Builders,” I knew little homes were a popular trend.

Spend a few minutes on pinterest and you’ll find more tiny homes online than square footage in some of these amazing tiny homes.

Although, I don’t see myself in a tiny home, there are life lessons to learn from those who do.

Live simply.

Living in 300 square feet means living with less but not sacrificing comfort. Tiny home residents live large with style and all the modern comforts of big home living. It just takes a shift in priorities. Tiny home occupants value family and relationships over mounds of stuff.

Take away: Do you have too much clothing, shoes, food, waste? Live with what you really need and donate the rest.

Live freely.

One of the attractions to tiny home living is that it’s affordable. Instead of a large mortgage, tiny home dwellers often live mortgage-free or close to it, therefore freeing up the stress of holding a job just to pay the mortgage. Many tiny home owners sell their much larger home to downsize and leave their corporate jobs to live their dreams.

Take away: You don’t have to do anything drastic to improve the your quality of life. Always look for ways to save money. If it means, driving your old car for one more year, then do it. The money you save will ease your monetary stress.

Live green.

Tiny homes are far more environmentally-friendly than an average home, using less materials, less land, and less energy to build them.

“The amount of energy and materials used to build a house accounts for just 1/10th of the house’s total energy cost over its lifetime. In the US, buildings account for 38.9% of total energy consumption and 72% of total U.S. electricity consumption. Further, they contribute 38.9% of the nation’s total carbon dioxide emissions.

In contrast, tiny houses use significantly less resources. When comparing the average sized 2,500+ sf house to the average 186 sf tiny house, the amount of resources that go into building it are much less as is the energy required to condition it.” (www.tinyhousebuild.com)

Take away: When remodeling, consider recycled materials in your construction or donating your unwanted materials to be upcycled. Check out Re-use Hawaii, a non-profit organization working to reduce waste in Hawaii.

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photo source: http://www.reusehawaii.org/

Live smarter.

Tiny home owners know how to maximize their limited square footage making every inch count. Furniture isn’t just duo-purpose, but multi-purpose.

Take away: We are also challenged by small-space living in Hawaii. Look for multi-purpose furniture for your rooms so you can get two or maybe three purposes for the cost and space of one piece.

Use this ottoman to put your feet up when sitting. Also use as storage, additional seating, or as a fun coffee table. Brown Storage Ottoman by angelo:HOME.

Use this ottoman to put your feet up when sitting. Also use as storage, additional seating, or as a fun coffee table. Brown Storage Ottoman by angelo:HOME at HomeWorld.

Live for change.

The cost, small size, and speed of construction have made tiny homes a viable option to homelessness.

“Constructing tiny homes are not only the morally responsible thing to do, advocates have argued, but they save the public money in the long-run, too. As the Charlotte Observer reported, a 2013 study examining a facility that housed 85 homeless people in Charlotte, North Carolina, found that tenants saved $1.8 million in health care costs, with 447 fewer emergency room visits, 372 fewer days in the hospital, and 84 percent fewer days in jail — all costs that would have been handed down to taxpayers.” (source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com)

It’s happening in Hawaii too. A local charity, Faith Action for Community Equity converted a simple 20’x8′ shipping container into a home for a family of five that cost $11,000.

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This 20’x8′ container sleeps a family of five! Photo taken on the grounds of Honolulu Hale.

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Take away: Living tiny doesn’t mean living with a lower quality of life. The comforts and safety of a home are priceless.

What do you think of the tiny home movement? Can you imagine yourself in a tiny home?

Want to learn more from tiny homes? Read more here.

About Terri Dux

Terri Dux

Besides being a writer and passionate blogger, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

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