Many green advocates look for ways to lessen their use of resources, and live with a smaller environmental footprint. A growing number of people and families have taken this idea a step further and literally reduced their living space to a much smaller size- The Tiny Project.
The tiny house movement is rapidly gaining popularity in the US and elsewhere around the world. Though no two tiny homes are identical, they share many core principles, and of course, they are all quite tiny! Though a tiny house can be built on a foundation, many people choose to build on a flatbed trailer, in order to make the house mobile, and to avoid minimum square footage requirements that most municipalities have in place for permanent structures.
Building on a trailer means the house is considered more like an RV, and does not need to adhere to the same permits, codes, and rules associated with building a normal home. The trick with trying to live full-time in a psuedo-RV is where to park it.
Tiny houses built on trailers have their own set of restrictions, mostly with regard to size. In order to easily move the house, to adhere to DOT regulations, the finished house can be no wider than 8.5 feet, and no taller than 13.5 feet. Length is not limited, though most people build on 16 or 20 foot trailers. With these general size restrictions, the typical tiny house will be well under 200 sq. ft., often including a loft area to add extra space for a bed.
In pursuit of a simpler life, more time and lower overheads, more and more people are experimenting with this micro-living experiment – with amazing results.
“Inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way. Without room to hoard things and hide away from the world, I’ll be forced to spend more time outdoors, in nature and engaging with my community,” says Alex Lisefski. He designed, built and lives in a tiny house with his girlfriend and dog. He also sells plans for tiny houses.
Alex believes that tiny living increases social consciousness as well as personal goals. Utility bills are small, water must be conserved and used wisely, and one becomes more prudent with life choices when there is little space to build up clutter, hoard unneeded items, and make unneeded purchases. Focus changes from me centered to community centered. It stimulated the use of brain power rather than possession collection. With pared down possessions to maintain, time can be spent working toward community good, nature preservation, and helping others. All these goals lead to a richer culture and a greener environment.
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