The tiny house movement

The tiny house movement

Tiny homes are generally between 100 and 400 square feet, and come in a variety of forms, from small cabins or a trailer to micro apartments.

Tiny houses are really interesting because people design and personalise them. The entire space revolves around a desire to live more modestly while saving resources.

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*Inspirations for going tiny is environmental consciousness, self-sufficiency, and the desire for a life adventure.

But tiny houses physically demand particular social relationships that not everyone can manage. A family in a little house will likely feel cramped, which can create a chain reaction of stressors.

Those who desire to live in tiny homes show two psychological mechanisms:

  • Clustering. It is the idea that we tend to mix with like-minded individuals.
  • Self-verification. We want to be seen in ways that are aligned with our identities.

If you live in a tiny house, you probably have a high need for uniqueness and enjoy an intellectual challenge - you will have distinct constraints that will require a solution.

While the list of characteristics describing the ideal tiny house candidate is distinct, it appeals to an unexpected broad demographic.

But, similar to NASA, who brings in psychologists to understand how the small physical space of a shuttle will affect the mindset of astronauts, psychologists should be involved in tiny architecture planning.

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The tiny house appeal

The small spaces are usually less than 500 square feet and often on the wheels of a flatbed trailer. The narrow house tends to have a kitchen, bathroom, and sitting area, and usually a loft bedroom.

Tiny houses appeal to home buyers who are not interested in living large. For a small but growing segment of the population, the small dwellings are making homeownership a possibility.

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Hans Hofmann
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
What Home Feels Like

We often confuse the structural, physical entity that is the house as home. It may be the body of the home, and just like we relate to our body, the home relates to the house structure.

Home is when it is lived, filled with life, with the smell of cooking, or when children are busy playing in the lawn.

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