There are many reasons that we’re tiny home owners, not least of all environmental concerns. Not just in terms of living in a smaller space. But also the minimalist approaches I already followed that it necessitates. Whether you’re living in a tiny container home, small house or prefab kit home. Would you like an IKEA tiny home with your Swedish meatballs?
So it was music to my ears when I learnt that a UN report has confirmed our mindset. That more of us should consider moving into tiny homes in order to fight climate change. So it’s official – tiny home living really is best for the planet :-).
“Limiting the growth in the size of our homes, and sharing rides and vehicles, turned out to be the most effective ways to reduce emissions”. [The report’s lead author and International Resource Panelist, Edgar Hertwich. (He’s the international chair in industrial ecology at NTNU)].
But it seems it’s just millennials who are getting in on the act. 40% of the tiny house market is made up of baby boomers looking to explore more affordable lifestyles. Tiny house communities are springing up throughout the United States. Sometimes called “granny pods,” tiny homes can be ideal for those relocating to be closer to relatives. But who also don’t want to live under the same roof.
The following articles explore the rising trajectory of tiny home ownership, in particular the popularity of the prefab tiny house kit.
Ikea unveils its first sustainable tiny home
The retailer teamed up with Escape and Vox Creative on The IKEA Tiny Home Project, which puts its space-saving expertise into practice across the 187 sq ft off-grid dwelling. RV tiny home builder Escape built the trailer which is a customised vision of its Vista Boho XL model. Tricked out with solar panels, composting toilet and on-demand heated water supply, powered by the trailer.
Photography: Josiah and Steph Photography
Interiors are outfitted with IKEA furniture and its energy-efficient products, deployed across white-washed sustainably grown pine panelled interiors. Kitchen cupboards are made with recycled bottle tops and built-in storage and furniture, including a collapsable desk and table.
Granny Pods Are Becoming a Popular Housing Alternative
Small dwellings can provide an affordable home in a family’s backyard
by Patrick Kiger
AARP, September 11, 2017
Granny pods or micro-houses are designed for accessibility but are compact enough to fit in a backyard.
For older adults who are relocating to be closer to relatives but don’t want to live under the same roof, there’s an increasingly popular alternative. So-called “granny pods,” or micro-houses, that are designed for accessibility but are compact enough to fit in a backyard.
CNBC recently reported on a 67-year-old retiree who wanted to move to Northern California to be closer to her family but was daunted by the high housing costs. Jane Baldwin’s answer was to build a 400-square-foot cottage in their backyard. The house, designed by Oakland-based Inspired Independence, includes a living room, bedroom and galley kitchen. It has a walk-in shower and doorways and hallways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair — if one is needed.
A growing number of companies produce modular dwellings that are specially designed for older people. Prices for the small houses vary — depending on the size and features — from less than $50,000 to nearly $250,000.
For older people considering the small dwelling as a retirement home, personal finance website Kiplinger.com recommends they find a design that includes certain essential features. Such as a bedroom on the main floor, full bath with a raised toilet, a walk-in shower, grab bars and slip-resistant flooring. It may also be important to have storage space such as drawers beneath beds and sofas, that can be accessed without using a ladder. The house also should be built low to the ground so there is no need for steps.
Originally published on www.aarp.org.