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The Good and the Bad of the Tiny Home Trend

Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Monday, February 8, 2016

TinyHomeWe have all seen articles and news pieces about the new trend of “tiny homes". They are houses or buildings that are made to be as minimalistic as possible, with the goal of acquiring less stuff and taking up the least space humanly possible. Though it may seem a bit silly to some, this idea has really taken on a life of its own, and seems to speak to people who really just want to enjoy a simplistic life without all the hassle of maintaining a big home and a giant yard. With that in mind, let's talk about the possible pros and cons of having a minimalistic home and just what that would entail.

Storage

Storage space is the biggest concern and question for most people. These homes serve the purpose of helping to actually cut down on the amount of things that a person has so that they only keep exactly what is needed. It'd be a great way to cut down on the amount of junk some of us seem to acquire over the years; but is there enough room for the things you absolutely do need? Minimalists say “yes!" as long as you are invested in making it work, you can find a way. These tiny homes are very creative in allowing for storage in all the nooks and crannies, and with the smaller or convertible furniture, you may actually even have more floor space than you do in your current home setup.

Close Quarters

It doesn't matter how large a home is, sharing it with someone every second of every day can sometimes be grating. In a tiny home, there isn't anywhere in the home you can go when you have a disagreement or just want to be alone. On the plus side, this could force you to go outside and take a walk around the block or explore the nature you're surrounded by, but if the weather's bad, that would certainly be a con!

Daily Living

While a mini-kitchen and small shower may be fine when you're talking about a hotel room, is it really something that you want in a year-round home? On one hand, you aren't going to have to worry about having a zero-productivity day because of soaking up in the shower or bath, but on the other hand this is a luxury that some people just aren't able to do without. Small kitchens can be worked around and adapted to fit the needs of the people occupying the space, but the bathroom is a place where people spend a good amount of their lives and they want it to be a comforting environment.

What is the verdict? Would you ever live in a “tiny house" or are you comfortable in your current setup? Both have their perks and flaws and everyone is different, the hope is that there is room for both types to live happily and peacefully as neighbors.

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