Are Tiny Homes a Good Space for Families?

Are Tiny Homes a Good Space for Families?

Tiny homes for families is a topic that has come up more and more often in recent years. People are increasingly interested in the idea of downsizing as a family. The rise in housing prices and the lack of available housing seems to be the culprit. Not to mention the fact that ‘bigger is always better’ doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. At no more than 500 square feet, tiny houses boast unique and functional designs that are often eco-friendly. But how can this small space work for a number of people, let alone an entire family? Let’s take a look at why they work:

Note: This is a guest post submitted by the Tiny House Society, which is dedicated to
promoting the concept of tiny and minimal living as a means of protecting the Earth.
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Photo courtesy Molli McGee.

Tiny Living is Cheaper

The reality is, it’s expensive to become a homeowner nowadays; tiny houses can be a great solution to affordable housing. There are a number of ways it’s possible to own a tiny:

  • Buy a new tiny house. A new tiny house is far more affordable than a new residential home!
  • Buy a second-hand tiny house. Just when buying a car, buying a used tiny home can save you money if you know what to look for.
  • Buy a tiny house shell. A semi-finished tiny house is an excellent choice if you aren’t comfortable with the structural component, but want to do the finishing touches yourself.
  • Build your own tiny house. This can be the most cost-efficient method if you have time, patience, and the know-how. You can also take pride in knowing you designed your own tiny home!

Tiny Living Gives you Flexibility

If you live in a tiny house on wheels, your home is mobile like an RV. Your tiny house on wheels will take you there whether your partner gets a job across the country or your kids need to go to a school in a new town.

Tiny Living Teaches Planet-Friendly Behaviors

Living in a tiny house cultivates mindful living in terms of your effect on the environment in everyday life. Understanding how you accumulate waste in a small space is essential to managing clutter. You’ll think twice before buying goods wrapped in heavy plastic packaging! Additionally, a tiny house that’s designed to go off the grid is often equipped to use renewable energy as a back up. These are all excellent teaching moments for your kids or loved ones!

Tiny Living Brings You Closer Together

While it’s important to know when you need space, the benefit of living in a tiny house with family is that you’re more likely to communicate than hide from a situation. Additionally, family dinners are a natural occurrence no matter where you sit. As for activities, tiny living also goes hand-in-hand with an outdoor lifestyle. Nothing brings people together like a good ‘ol outdoor adventure!

The Takeaway

Living with less allows us to focus on what we value most in life; our family, the time we spend, or the things we consume. While tiny living may not be perfect for every family, it certainly is a way of living that provides a unique opportunity to learn and grow together!


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  1. Three years ago I built a “Tiny House.” It has become more of a summer camp due to issues with certain family members. I am looking for an acre or two that I could possibly move the house too and finish setting up. My daughter loves it and constantly asks when we can go back. It is a very Earth friendly set up, and I am proud of the fact that I built it by myself!

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