The idea of simple living is no new concept but over the last decade simple living has evolved into the ever-popular concept of tiny house living. The recent movement has grabbed the attention of pragmatic people all over the world as they look for ways to maximize living space and cut living expenses, particularly amongst from retiring baby boomers to millennials who are just starting out.
While these tiny dwellings often measure less than 200 square feet, the modern concept of simple living is not about sacrifice. With innovative designs, homeowners are discovering that life in a tiny home yields a fuller life as it connects them with their family, while freeing them from costly living expenses and mortgage debt.
You and Your Family’s Behavior At Home
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In fact, a UCLA group conducted a study to determine just how much space in the typical American home goes routinely unused. The study measured activity on the first floor of a home occupied by a family of four, which measure roughly 1000 sq. ft. The study indicated that only a mere 400 sq. ft. was used routinely. Studies shedding light on residential behavior, such as the UCLA study, are breathing even more life into the modern simple living concept of tiny housing.
New generation builders are using recycled and repurposed materials like shipping containers, that otherwise wouldn’t have been used, and transforming them into functional homes that can be placed anywhere. While tiny houses are beginning to make a big impression on homebuyers, their economical footprint is minimal.
What part of your house do you think gets used the most? And how much sq. ft. do you think you really need?
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