March 27, 2023
The Tiny Home: What is it and why is it important??
The housing market, saving the environment, flexible work arrangements and the COVID-19 pandemic. What do all of these things have in common? They have bread the perfect conditions for the latest upcoming trend in the world of homes: The tiny home.??
The Tiny home is defined by Time Magazine as the concept of a highly functional, beautiful house in a smaller space. A house is usually considered tiny when it is between 80 and 400 square feet, averaging just 8 feet in height.??
While the tiny home has actually been around since 1853, the number of people actually living in tiny homes has significantly increased in present day thanks to many different factors in today's world. The main three benefits of tiny homes are financial stability, environmental friendliness, and flexibility. This is not a surprise when we look at the past few years. The housing market is more challenging than ever to enter, climate change is at the forefront of many people's minds and COVID-19 has changed the priorities and perspectives of many.?
However, Tiny Homes are not just a trend but an indicator on the wants of the modern consumer. Simplicity, durability, flexibility, and sustainability are in demand. What was once considered a trend is now a movement and for many, a business opportunity. Tiny Home builders are popping up across Canada, with over 15 builders in British Columbia alone. There is even a Tiny Homes Show that takes place in Ontario in July. The discussion of best practices in heating and creating all-weather tiny homes is a hot topic of conversation with plenty of room for innovation in the contracting, manufacturing and retail world. As a market that is small but mighty with an avid community, it is not one to be overlooked and leaves us asking a lot of questions we should always be asking. What does the modern consumer want, why do they want it and how can we give it to them???