Could you live in 200 sq ft? The Tiny House Movement

In a world where a bigger home is a better home, there is a movement of individuals who are downsizing to micro homes wholely existing in less than 200 square feet. The average tiny home is only 185 sq ft! Those living the “tiny life philosophy,” are forgoing the extra space for a number of reasons including “environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom.” Saving on a mortgage, insurance, monthly expenses, and more, the pros of living in a tiny space are plentiful. But what defines a tiny home? BC Tiny House Collective defines a tiny home as the following:

  • Less than 500 square feet

  • A single housing unit that includes all basic amenities (ie. kitchen, bathroom, somewhere to sleep)

  • Customizable

  • Detached or semi-attached

  • Mobile or on a temporary or permanent foundation

  • Designed with affordability, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion/community in mind

According to The Tiny Life, 68% of tiny house owners are mortgage-free as compared to 29.3% of U.S. homeowners. Not only are there financial benefits to ditching the traditional structure, but also the freedom to pick up and move wherever you desire. Many tiny homeowners choose to keep their homes on wheels and tow their dwellings to the next area of interest.

The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the way many of us look at life and our living situations. The downtown core of major cities may resemble a ghost town with employees retreating to their homes under work-from-home directives. Renters looking to move into apartments are asking for a space that would be suitable for a home office. There is a large transition towards rural living to save on top-dollar city rent or mortgages. An article published in Huffington Post noted that COVID-19 has spurred many people to “think tiny.” Tiny home builder Pamela Robertson said she wasn’t able to keep up with all the requests for tiny homes amidst the pandemic.

A trend towards less traditional living situations, financial considerations, a sense of community. All of this begs the question, are tiny homes the answer?

One tiny homeowner made the comment in a YouTube video with The Tiny Life saying “tiny living …is about life simplification, it’s about doing what makes you happy. It’s about pursuing your passions, your goals, your dreams and having a space that facilitates all that.” Another speaker in the same video remarks the tiny life means freedom and connectedness. Freedom from some of the traditional aspects of everyday life (ie. a mortgage, debt, etc.) yet still feeling this deep connection to her community. Heather and Kevin Fritz from Spruce Grove, AB now make a living building tiny homes for others with their company Fritz Tiny Homes. Their own time spent living in a micro dwelling taught them “about living simply and intentionally and how incredibly freeing and life-giving it is.”

In learning more about tiny homes it has become abundantly clear that the tiny life is about much more than downsizing possessions and saving money. The ideal of tiny living closely mirrors the goals we have at Pinnacle Lifestyles. A life of true happiness balancing the hustle and bustle of a workday with the relaxing enjoyment of a weekend spent outdoors. Our goal is to create connectedness in the communities we build and support the movement towards living simply and intentionally.

At Pinnacle Lifestyles, we aim to find balance in each day by putting our health and happiness ahead of an unattainable dream. We aim to find balance in an active lifestyle that captures the immense benefits of the great outdoors. We aim to find balance built on unforgettable memories shared with your family and loved ones. For you, maybe it’s a tiny home, maybe it’s a commitment to the outdoors. Or maybe you find balance by closing the laptop and spending time with your little ones. Tell us, how are you finding balance?

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