Thinking of jumping on the “tiny home” bandwagon? You might want to think again. While tiny homes seem like a great concept in theory with their cute designs and smaller ecological footprint, the reality of the tiny home is not so appealing to most homeowners. In a Today.com article, Leah Atwood, the owner of a […]
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In a Today.com article
, Leah Atwood, the owner of a tiny home and founder of a startup working to create a village of tiny homes, says “A lot of people romanticize it but the truth is, you have to recognize the challenges, difficulties and hard choices that go along with this lifestyle. In my experience, some people can handle it and some people can’t.”
Some of the challenges she mentions are giving up entertaining (she can only invite two people over at a time), and she also says owning very few possessions is a struggle for most since you can truly only own about one of anything (one pair of shoes, one fork, etc.).
Kristin Moeller, another tiny home owner interviewed for the Today.com article
, says the lifestyle is not sustainable for most. “It’s like writing a book. Ninety percent of people say they want to do it, but only about 5 percent actually will.” She admits there must be a zero tolerance policy for clutter in a tiny home, and living with her husband can be challenging in such tight quarters. She recounts one instance where she wanted to write, but she was distracted by listening to her husband talk on the phone.
While tiny homes may not suit most people’s living style, a recent story
out of Huntsville, Alabama shows the homes may prove promising to serve a greater need… housing for the homeless. The fraternity members of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) plan to create a tiny home village to house homeless vets. The village will consist of tiny mobile houses of less than 500 square feet, a shared garden to be maintained by residents and a community center. Each tiny home costs about $5000 to build, and one acre of land can support about 30 tiny homes. Other organizations across the world have started similar projects, and the concept (similar to the idea of 3D printing houses for the homeless
) seems a cost-effective way to provide housing for the less fortunate.