Tiny houses continue to grab the public's attention with TV shows such as 'Tiny House, Big Living' and 'Tiny House Builders.' If you look up tiny houses on Instagram or Pinterest, you will be swept away with thousands upon thousands of images of the quaint little buildings.
If you're like me, then your next step would be to start planning your own tiny house. In my search for the perfect pint-sized home, however, I came across a few interesting articles regarding the latest minimalist homeowner trend.
Despite the recent hype over tiny houses, some people are learning that the cultural fad may not be as accommodating as it seems. Tiny houses have been criticized for a variety of reasons including their lack of storage capabilities, low market value and risky investment prospects among others.
One particular issue that tiny house owners face lies in the legality of it all. Websites like viewpointcloud.com have published guides for tiny house regulations because "many local government building and zoning regulations make it difficult to construct and permanently reside in tiny houses."
While these issues might seem small by themselves, facing more than one could prove to be more trouble than it's worth. With all of that in mind, I continued to explore my options and came upon a reasonable alternative to tiny houses: small homes.
Tiny houses are typically ideal for minimalists, people who are rarely in their homes, or families who frequently travel. Tiny houses are also usually built to be mobile and most are classified as recreational vehicles, which is where a lot of the legality issues arise.
A small home is just what it sounds like. It follows the same rules and regulations of a regular home, but it's smaller. Tiny houses are typically between 100 and 400 square feet and, according to the Census Bureau, the average single-family household in America in 2013 was 2,598 square feet. A small home could be anywhere from 800 to 1,000 square feet.
It is important to remember that these numbers are irrelevant when you take into consideration that size is all pretty relative. What would be considered small for a single-family could be plenty of space for a single individual.
Hearing this, you might be thinking that it's just semantics. After all, there is no set definition for either and tiny houses and small homes often overlap in size, design and use. But, according to an article on finehomebuilding.com, the difference between the two is substantial.
Tiny houses are widely associated with the Tiny House Movement, a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in for various reasons such as environmental or financial.
Small homes, on the other hand, allow for one big difference: thoughtful design. I'm not saying that tiny houses can't be artfully designed, but there is no denying that you are more limited with such a small space.
As Brian Pontolilo of finehomebuilding.com put it, "Small(er) homes, appropriately designed and scaled for the owners, have a lot to teach the home-design and construction industries, while tiny houses represent a fringe movement that can teach us about the value of lifestyle and its relationship to home but that is unlikely to impact our industry at large."
Although I came to the conclusion that a tiny house wouldn't necessarily be the best fit for me, that's not to say that it wouldn't work perfectly for you!
If you're interested in tiny houses, Dallas EarthX will be hosting a tiny house village exhibit at Fair Park in South Dallas from April 20 - 22. A flat fee of $5 is required for admission to the exhibit, and if that doesn't grab your attention, EarthX will also be featuring several family fun events, expert speakers and live music in honor of Earth Day.
Check out EarthX on Facebook to see the full schedule of events and activities including a virtual reality zone and film festival along with an Outdoor Adventure Zone and Eco Auto Show!
Source : http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/opinion/jenkins-tiny-houses-vs-small-homes/article_11828c5c-441e-11e8-87d7-077987c2906f.html