Tiny houses are usually quite specific for the unique inhabitants of the home. Tiny house builders often customize their homes for what their customer needs out of the space. When choosing to live in less than 500 square feet, certain design elements become more important than others. Hobbies, pets, belongings, aesthetic, and size are some of the topics covered in the design stage. By choosing the specific elements that meet your needs, you are creating a space that’s supportive of your lifestyle and therefore a tool for a successful life.
Living in a space that’s perfectly designed for you creates a life of ease where nothing in your immediate environment is stressing you out. It’s also nice to have basically everything you need at your finger tips.
When your home is under 500 square feet it’s only normal to feel pulled to get outside more. A key aspect in the tiny house movement is to live minimally, which reduces belongings, responsibilities, and ideally increases the time you have to do the things you love. Spending time outside probably means that you are more physically active and breathing in fresh air. This also makes us more connected to the daily weather and the seasons.
If you have a wood stove you may need to chop wood, or for propane appliances transporting and filling propane tanks are small active chores that get you moving a tiny bit more. As does growing food in a garden or having chickens, which also connects you to your food source.
Chemical cleaners, air fresheners, perfumed beauty products, and toxic items inside our homes all contribute to poor indoor air quality. Often the air inside our homes is far more polluted and toxic to inhabit than the air outside. Not everyone who lives in tiny homes is conscious of this, but it’s safe to say that they may become more aware of air quality when living in a smaller space when the air needs to be refreshed more often. Using materials and products with chemicals in a tiny space is far more noticeable. When we use healthier products inside our homes we don’t pollute our breathing space, and have better air quality. We in turn live a cleaner and healthier life.
To generalize, living in a tiny house creates a more simple and natural way of life, which is how humans have lived for most of history. It makes for a lovely and unique way to live.
Written by Isabelle Nagel-Brice of A Tiny Good Thing