UK based research funded by the ESRC to find out who lives in tiny houses, where, why, and what the effects of this lifestyle are on people and planet.
Tiny houses are homes usually forty square metres or less. A popular construction style is to build them on a trailer base because this allows them to be classified as road-towable vehicles and avoids many of the complications of building a permanent home with foundations. Others are log-cabin-style or shed homes, and some are even built underground.
Tiny houses can be built cheaply because of their small size, and are also more economic to run due to the reduced demand on energy to heat and cool a small space. Often featuring renewable energy sources, many builders also prioritise using local and recycled materials to bolster their sustainability and reduced carbon footprint.
Tiny homes have been heralded as one way to address the housing crisis, homelessness, and have been described as a way to enable people to step back from overwork and compulsory over-consumption of consumer goods. However, it’s not all roses. Tiny houses have been critiqued for masking problems that require significant systemic change. Others have pointed out that living in a small space doesn’t necessarily curb deeply conditioned consumerism. It has also been questioned just how radical these homes are, or if they are in fact simply a gentrified hipster trailer park.
In this blog we talk my tiny house journey, the in’s and out’s of construction, and what the future of community-based sharing economies might look like. If you prefer visuals, we’ve got plenty of those.
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