15
Feb
2020

Tiny Home Trends for 2020

Most people love to show off their homes. After all, being a house owner requires a considerable investment, and they take pride in having the ability to afford it. However, many of these homeowners are getting tired of all the responsibilities that come with maintaining a home. You do not need an expansive house to agree that having even a regular-sized dwelling can be too much to handle.

When you finally want to take a break from serious duties and expenses of keeping a house, perhaps it is time to move to a tiny home.

One of the biggest misconceptions about a tiny home is that it has a limited design. In reality, tiny houses are functional, versatile, and stylish. The past few years showed how tiny homes have evolved from looking like a simple boxed home to an ultra-unique abode.

This year, we expect things to be a little more exciting. Some trends in the past are here to stay for the time-being while others are still up and coming.

If you want a tiny house, but you do not want it to be tagged as “ordinary,” you may want to look into the top tiny home trends that will soon conquer 2020.

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Eco-Friendly

If you have not heard yet, tiny homes are a dream come true for environmentalists. It is one of the biggest reasons why a number of people switched from a regular to a tiny dwelling. As the name suggests, a tiny home has less space than a traditional house. Therefore, you do not need a lot of your possessions. Plus, you consume less energy as well.

A report confirmed that tiny home living reduces carbon footprint by up to 45%. An earlier study also showed that people usually need seven hectares (17.3 acres) of resources to sustain themselves for a year. After moving to a tiny home, they only required 3.7 hectares (9.3 acres).

Eco-friendly things are all the rage these days. For tiny homes, the builders have come up with different solutions to meet the demand, including:

  • Adding composting toilets in bathrooms

    This design is best for those staying off-grid, although it can also benefit those who simply want to get away from their busy cities. Many home-sharing options all over the world, including Australia, have composting toilets. This type of toilet does not require water to flush, which makes it extremely eco-friendly.

  • Using solar power

    Renewable resources are the future, and tiny house owners are adopting solar energy to power their homes up. Solar can now be installed quickly and has become less expensive as well. It is why more than two million (21%) Australians have solar. For those who are downsizing, these traits are vital for them. The only requirement is that the tiny home is in direct sunlight for the most part of the day. This way, storing energy or powering up appliances through the system will not be a problem. Solar-powered tiny homes are quite trendy today, especially because it helps reduce carbon footprint while keeping running costs low.

  • Taking advantage of natural lighting

    Nothing says “eco-friendly” more than a house that primarily relies on natural lighting. Tiny homes that have replaced light bulbs with light coming directly from the sun. Many homes are built with large picture windows. They also have skylights, which allow harnessing sunlight more effectively.

  • Building using recycled materials

    Some items, including pallet wood and other reclaimed materials, can be used to build a tiny home. For environmentalists, they prefer their houses to be constructed with recycled materials. According to the government, building houses generates about 18.2 million tonnes of waste. Most of the generated waste can easily be repurposed, such as wood and other scraps instead of throwing them away. It is where tiny homes excel, particularly if you tell the contractor that you wish to use recycled materials.

With more and more people who are becoming aware of the needs of the environment, it is no wonder that eco-friendly tiny homes are getting recognised.

Some enthusiasts even converted their vehicles into a home. This way, they can travel to wherever they need to be without leaving their houses behind. It is not only convenient but also helps lower the expenses and carbon footprint as well.

Unique Styles

A tiny home does not have to be boring. With people’s imagination running, many styles of houses are all around the world. Here are some trendy designs that have caught people’s eyes:

  • Cob houses

    This style is entirely environmentally-friendly as it is made from a mix of clay, water, and sand. It has strong glue that lasts for a long time. The natural materials make the house durable, while still providing them with a comfy place to live in without harming nature.

  • Shipping containers

    Whoever thought that shipping containers could be turned into a stylish tiny home? These containers may not be derived from natural materials, but before you raise an eyebrow, it is still a sustainable dwelling. When it is built with proper installation, the shipping container tiny home can provide good accommodation that can also be solar-powered and with less use of energy. Shipping containers typically sit empty and remain unused for an uncountable number of years, which is why designers have chosen to make them recyclable instead.

  • Hobbit-styled houses

    if you are a fan of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, this tiny home trend is on the rise. It is best for those who live in cold climates, although it will still work if you are in a warm setting. This house is excavated from the ground and is considered an “earth shelter“. A part of the house is built underground. Maintenance tasks are quite enjoyable because you use the actual environment.

  • Egg-Shaped

    There have been a lot of designs that come out but most of them remain concepts. Many builders choose to stay within their comfort zones to avoid certain issues, such as unhappy homeowners. Some designs are not as efficient as people thought they would be. On the outside, an egg-shaped pod looks like an out-of-this-world style that is uninhabitable. For a while, you may want to live in it, but the shape will throw you off eventually. However, this style has proven to be quite intriguing and liveable as well. The pod is portable, so you can take it with you if you wish to live off-the-grid for a time and bring it back when you want to stay in the city.

There are virtually no limits when it comes to designing a tiny home. You can have a castle despite the house being small. One tiny home was built using a truck, which was later transformed into a mini-castle. It looks like a fortress while the owners live entirely off-the-grid.

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For Public Support

Tiny homes can also be used to provide help to those who may need temporary accommodation. For instance, a small house in Chicago, Illinois in the US was utilised to help many people from the city during the Great Fire.

At that time, about 100,000 people lost their homes from the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The Chicago Relief and Aid Society gave building kits, which would be used to make shelters. Today, the one-bedroom home stands 72.5 square metres and has lived more than 100 years.

The same relief shelter comes with a fireplace, bathroom, walk-in closet, washer, dryer, and HVAC. The small kitchen measures 0.93 square metres and has been renovated a few times already. This house though was up for sale in 2015.

Today, there are some tiny homes used for the same purpose. They may not have permanent homeowners, but they are beneficial to those who require immediate housing assistance.

Lavish Tiny Homes

When people think about a tiny house, they usually picture a small, tattered cottage. However, many tiny homes are also as luxurious as traditional spaces. “The finest things in life are not always cheap,” as they say. Even though you see a quaint cabin outside, it can rival the costs of regular size homes.

Most of the time, the materials used and the location where the house will be built affect the price. For instance, if you plan to enjoy a home by the mountains or savour the expansive views of the ocean, it can take extra cash to get what you want.

You may also want to factor in the appliances you will use. High-end ones, along with solar panels on a sod roof, can quickly increase the home’s price. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly worth the investment. After all, it is your home, and you want to live in a place that you can be proud of.

Often, tiny homes can be as affordable as $50,000, although they are now generally around $70,000. Others, on the other hand, start at $90,000, which is not as cheap as most people want a small house to be. However, a few buildings exist, and they cost more than a million.

This tiny home in San Juan Islands in Washington, USA is worth more than $2.9 million (about 2 million US dollars).

Tiny Home Communities

Several neighbourhoods in the world are made of a group of tiny homes. With minimal living growing more and more popular, these houses are also multiplying in numbers. Homeowners, as well as those who want to rent a smaller and cheaper home, switch to tiny spaces from regular houses.

Communities that feature tiny homes have become a trend in many countries. Some offer permanent residency, while others are simply up for lease. Tiny home rentals are a great opportunity for those who want to earn extra cash. With home-sharing becoming a big hit in Australia, many curious holidaymakers drop by to experience how tiny home living is like.

These communities are indeed thriving. They started with just a few houses, and many of them continue to pop up each year. From limited vacancies to complete facilities, such as parking spaces, these tiny houses are dominating the rental home sector.

The neighbourhoods have seen an increase in popularity, mainly because several people want to try living in smaller spaces. Those who cannot seem to decide whether or not tiny living is for them choose to go for a temporary home. This way, they will know if it suits their lifestyle before they commit themselves to it.

The hype around tiny homes in Australia and all over the world is not going to die anytime soon. It is expected to continue with more people converting from traditional to small houses. Of course, you can always stick to the box style, which has popularised the tiny buildings. However, if you want to stand out, you can try these trending styles or contact Fox Tiny Homes, we have a range of designs available to you, check them out to get your for your tiny living journey.