Less Is More: The Tiny House Movement

Tiny House Infographic

The tiny house trend is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing to trade in space for simplicity. And from college grads to retirees the appeal of a miniature home spans the ages. Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores — it’s a lifestyle change all about living with less and decreasing environmental impact over time. Thanks to the folks at Custom Made for this great infographic.

Tiny House Infographic

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Tiny House

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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 from all over the globe who are living big lives in wonderful tiny houses!

9 Responses to Less Is More: The Tiny House Movement

  1. Jeff Hobbs

    Thanks Bryce.
    I agree, treating the council with respect and keeping the Tiny Homes to a high quality is the only way forward.I can understand their position, especially if there is a complaint.They have to act with the present legislation.
    By the way your website just gets better, and I get a lot of inspiration from it.
    Many thanks

    • Bryce

      Yup. I’m sure that we will be able to get a really positive outcome! Glad you’re enjoying the website mate. Thanks for following our journey! 🙂

  2. Jeff Hobbs

    sorry My comment accidentally sent unfinished.
    I was talking the Campbell Live story on tiny house eviction and the herald article on that morning entitled, “The fading first-home dream.” In the article the Auckland council are quoted as saying that Auckland’s housing was categorised as “Severely unaffordable.(Tuesday 15th October)
    I just don’t get the council. Are they insane? Do you have any dialouge with them?
    i’d love to know more on the councils stance on the Tiny house movement.

    • Bryce

      Hey Jeff. Yes, we have opened discussions with the council, although nothing in-depth at this point. Tiny Homes are legally classified as vehicles and not dwellings, so the majority of Tiny Home owners that I know of have not connected with council, but others have. The same council that has concerns over Brett’s place has also permitted two other Tiny Homes in the same area (at the Earthsong Eco Village – you can see our video on one of these homes too). These issues are all to be expected with any new movement, and understandably the council is having some teething problems and is still not quite sure how to deal with Tiny Homes. They are being progressive so far and recognise the need for housing alternatives. At this point, its very much up to all of us as pioneers of the movement in New Zealand to act responsibly, build quality, beautiful homes that are also considerate to neighbours and the environment. We have to set a great example, and really show that supporting this necessary movement here is the best option for council.

  3. Jeff Hobbs

    Thanks for the article, good information. I’m 55 and want to build a tiny house. I am curious to know your thoughts on the eviction of the tiny house at Bethells beach by Auckland city council.Campbell live did a story on it Tuesday 14th October. Ironically the Herald had an article entitled,

  4. Lee

    Thanks for sharing these stats – I find them really interesting.

    I can’t help but wonder what the long term social impact is of families living in houses so big that they hardly see each other!

    • Bryce

      Very true Lee. Perhaps also the fact that we build our worlds into large houses and experience less of our neighbours and communities. One of the things that I love most about the idea of Tiny Houses is that it creates a fantastic opportunity to connect with the outside world and the greater community.

  5. Ruby Ann Caseres

    Hi, Bryce and Melissa!
    Wow! I just love how you’ve been able to illustrate the Tiny House Movement. Would it be okay if I use the photo on Less Is More as my cover photo for my own page, Tiny House Movement – Philippines. It says it all! Thanks and more power to you both and the all the Tiny Housers out there. Kudos!

    • Bryce

      Hey Ruby! The image was made by the folks over at Custom Made. I’m sure if you gave them credit for the image with a link back to that page they would be happy to use it as your facebook image. Great Facebook Page by the way. I’ve enjoyed your posts. 🙂

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