The tiny house movement is a very interesting one. People are starting to focus less on opulence and more on finding affordable, sustainable living options. Of course there are some huge advantages to these options, and there are also some disadvantages as well. Here are some ideas from both sides.

The good thing about having a small home from the tiny house movement is that it is cheap, portable, and easier to take care of. The obvious disadvantage for many people about the size can be the size itself. These tiny houses do not allow for space for luxury kitchen or bathroom situations, which is a downside to many.

There is also not much storage space in these tiny houses, so if a family is downgrading the process of getting rid of so many belongings might not be real fun. However on the flip side, many people feel a sense of freedom when they start getting rid of belongings that they no longer need, and it makes traveling and living off the land a little easier. Plus, selling unnecessary belongings can be a great way to make some cash for the move that can be used for things like travel and other memories.

Some people will enjoy being able to be closer to nature in their tiny houses. Since they are so portable there are a lot more options when it comes to picking and choosing an area, and you might be able to get closer to a stream or the edge of an overlook with a view than you may have been able to when a home requires a deep foundation for strength.

In some areas there are zoning rules that make parking a tiny house difficult. Some of them require that a certain amount of space is being used so owners of tiny houses are forced to purchase a normal sized house and then rent it out, while they live in the yard on the property. Sort of defeats the purpose, but it is still a great way to save a lot of money.

Some people are able to live off the grid with their tiny homes (which is technically illegal.) A lot of them can get by with things like propane and not need to pay normal bills so people just don’t mention that they are there. In that circumstance however it is harder to find people and to receive mail unless you have a friend nearby who is willing to help you out.

Naturally the energy bills will be cheaper if there are any at all, since much less energy is used to light and heat a tiny home than a large drafty one. Many of the tiny homes have composting toilets which is easy to keep up with and good for the environment as well.

There is not much space in tiny houses for entertaining guests, which can feel a bit isolated if you do not have people around you like friends or family with normal sized homes.

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