The concept of the ‘Tiny House’ comes from an American movement which combines the principle of simple living with almost unlimited mobility. Little by little, the movement is gaining an increasing number of followers and enthusiasts – not only in the United States, but also in Europe. Is living on just a few square meters becoming an established new trend or is it nothing but hype?
A wooden house on wheels with a gabled roof – the Tiny House is ready. The American, Jay Safer, is generally considered the founder of this trend and published his first article on the principle of simple living as early as 1999. Ever since, there have been many imitators in the United States.
Tiny Houses are miniature houses modelled on the American archetype, containing only 8 to 55 square metres of living space. Oh, square metres? In fact, some of the houses are so small that they can be transported from one place to another. The houses are built on trailers, which simplifies obtaining a construction permit, in the United States at least. Here, the principle of ‘mobile living’ is at the centre. It’s a living trend that celebrates proximity to nature, the outdoors, and freedom. In America, a whole movement has emerged from the idea of living with less space. For some, the dream comes true. Not to be confused with Tiny Houses are Small Houses, which provide living space of up to 120 square metres and have a fixed location.
Sustainable Living Trend
The motives behind the trend include not only the dream of freedom but also the ecological aspect. The use of natural materials and the reduction of CO2 emissions allows a small ecological footprint. The trend, also known as the ‘Small House Movement’, is all about models of living which can offer people an alternative in times of rising property prices and rents. However, although the thought of a modern nomadic life is particularly fascinating for some, it is still rare for this residential model to be turned into reality in Europe. Here, building regulations, strict legal conditions, and the lack of provision in traffic laws, are still preventing its practical implementation.