Hot Take: Rise of the Modern Tiny Home Movement

Hot Take: Rise of the Modern Tiny Home Movement

Tiny Houses aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

As a builder of tiny homes, a resident of one and someone who consults in the tiny house space, I’ve had my ear firmly to the ground for over three years now. And since I’ve been involved in the movement, the interest has done nothing but grow.

So why are tiny houses so popular? Also, why now?

The rise of the modern tiny house in the United States is tied to three earth shattering shifts in the housing landscape, which have occurred over the last decade.

The first is the 2008 housing crisis, which forced many people to re-evaluate how sustainable their housing situation was. The second is Millennials (now the largest living generation) entering the housing market, in force, with vastly different housing preferences than previous generations. The third is Baby Boomers (second largest living generation) looking to retire and often downsize.

These three factors led to the rise of the tiny house and will sustain the movement into full maturity.

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What this means for the average builder is that consumers will demand a higher level of design, space utilization, home tech and efficiency than ever before. These are the areas where the tiny house movement is really pushing the envelope.

In tiny house design and construction …

  • Zero dead space is the goal.
  • LED lighting is ubiquitous.
  • Closed cell spray foam is standard.
  • Custom features are expected.
  • Smart home tech is the norm.

For many, the idea of a tiny house means downsizing in space but upgrading in quality. This shift in mindset will contribute to a changing baseline consumer expectation.

I would recommend conventional home builders to add smaller homes (800 to 1,200-square-feet) to their repertoire if they want to take full advantage of this national housing shift.

Jeremy Weaver

jeremy weaverCo-Owner, Wind River Tiny Homes

Figuring out better ways of living, doing and being has always been on Jeremy Weaver’s mind, which led him to the concept of tiny housing. Weaver is the guy who figures out the best systems and materials to use on the builds and then installs, assembles or implements them. Jeremy and his wife, Lindsay, are tiny home owners themselves. They live in a 276-square-feet gooseneck tiny home called the Nomad’s Nest that was built by Wind River on an episode of Tiny House Nation. They love it.

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