While these miniature mansions have been accused as being little more than hobbit houses, tree houses, childish forts, and shacks for the poor, there is much to understanding the tiny house movement.
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Imagine your life without rent or a mortgage. What if you had no utility bills? Think about the difference in your life if your home generated its own electricity and had the ability to store its own water? Now what if you could build this home yourself for a fraction of what a new house costs? Wipe away your debt too and imagine that life. All of these are possible in the fast-growing tiny house movement here in the United States.
The world is in transition and gone are the days of the McMansion and the pre-fab ostentatiousness of the suburbs. We are seemingly plagued by economic and environmental concerns. A revolution is in order and it has come in the shape of 300 or so square foot houses.
A tiny house is built around the notion of visual attraction, architectural integrity, thoughtful and sustainable design, and – above all – freedom.
While historically speaking tiny houses have been along since the dawn of man the modern movement was started some 12 or so years ago by a man named Jay Shafer who got the idea that he would build a house that included only what he needed in life. Using beautiful materials and with super-conscious design principles he came up with a 97 sq.ft house on a trailer that was all at once portable and deeply responsible. His idea took off and now in 2015 municipalities across the nation are seeing a growth in tiny houses and the people who want to live in them.
According to Tiny House Swoon over 300 tiny houses were featured in 2014 alone. The designs are all incredibly unique featuring cool, new, unique, funky, quirky, and downright genius features. Below are the Top 10 tiny houses from last year.
Wind River Bungalow