Tiny House Villages – The Next Big Housing Trend

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Photograph by Leah Nash

Tiny house villages could be the next big trend in housing, that’s according to a recent study by researchers at Kansas State University.

Surveys conducted in 2015  by the National Association of Realtors showed that only one percent of home buyers wanted to live in a tiny home, however the Kansas State researchers believe that this is about to change.

“We think [living in a tiny village] does a few things for one’s health, including creating a better sense of community, satisfying peoples basic needs for relationships, offering affordable housing options, and encouraging physical activity through community gardens and walking to urban establishments.” – Brandon Irwin, Kansas State Researcher.

Tiny homes are traditionally constructed on trailers, making them mobile structures. For this reason, they also create a new paradigm of home ownership whereby people are able to own their house, without needing to own the land that it’s on. Many tiny house owners struggle to find spaces to park however which has lead to an increase of tiny house owners looking to purchase land together and enter community.

Clearly there are many benefits to downsizing and living in a tiny house, however zoning laws (which vary from country to country) and issues regarding regulations have often hindered the growth of tiny house communities as well as the tiny house movement in general. The guidelines set in many areas discourage  and keep out small houses – such as mobile homes – as some fear that they could be viewed by neighbours as lower-class and bring down property values.

Recently though, the explosion of interest and publicity surrounding the tiny house movement is resulting in a shift of public opinion and researchers believe that tiny houses will soon be viewed, not only as normal, but in fact desired.

“Tiny houses have a different connotation to them; they are typically seen as a middle or upper-middle-class housing structure,” said Irwin.

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Mt Hood Tiny House Village

In the future, researchers plan to focus their studies on specific tiny villages to learn more about how they function and to see how the trend can be focused and possibly provide affordable housing to those in need. They also intend to learn more about the design elements of the tiny homes themselves.

“Design elements and strategies such as solar panels or low-water-use fixtures are part of the bigger sustainability and environmental health picture, but when designing and building a tiny house — or any house — it is beneficial to thoughtfully select building materials without harmful chemicals to increase indoor air quality and health. In addition, there are many known health benefits for natural lighting and fresh air in living spaces, a common theme in many tiny house designs.” – Julia Day , Kansas State Researcher.

Tiny Houses are environmentally friendly, have a much lower impact on the surrounding environment, promote community and encourage healthy lifestyles and habits. For these reasons and more experts are hoping that tiny house villages will become much more commonplace.

Perhaps the next big development in your area, could just be a picturesque parking area for these homes on wheels.

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About Bryce

I'm a film-maker with a passion for small space design, permaculture, and downsized, eco-friendly living. Join me on my travels as I meet people who are living big lives in wonderful small spaces and follow along as I build my very own Tiny House on wheels.

4 Responses to Tiny House Villages – The Next Big Housing Trend

  1. Paul

    Ah yes, just a few months ago the Christchurch City Council said they were going to ban tiny homes on wheels from even being parked on residential sections. Haven’t heard anything for the last couple of months so wonder whether it was posturing due to the local body elections?

  2. luiz barbosa

    I loved the idea!!!! tks

  3. Kerstin

    Hello Bryce,

    I’m a fan of “livingbiginatinyhouse”!
    I like your way of showing all these tiny homes.
    It is very inspiring and there are so many examples for downsizing life. I’m impressed.

    Thank you so much
    and I hope you still keep going on very long on the “livingbiginatinyhouse-project”!!!

    Kerstin
    from Germany

  4. Don Paul

    Bryce I need a design for a single man retiring not climbing into a loft, off the grid and will want to shift with too much drama, the laws about wheels and trailers roadworthy certificate concern me , are you better to have lifting hooks in the roof, lift the house onto site and bolt on the wheels. Mate I have watched everything of yours and heaps of American on You Tube, your truly great.

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