The Tiny House Movement

Imagine living in a home where the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom were all mere inches from each other.

Brady Conley, a junior at Southeast Missouri State, appreciates the attempt of a greener lifestyle, but is unsure if whether or not he could sacrifice having his own space for it.

Miniature house

“I don’t know if I would want everything so close together, I just feel like I would be knocking stuff over on accident,” Conley said. “I know they’re better for the environment and everything, but I just don’t want to feel cramped in a living space.”

Approximately 68 percent of people owning tiny houses have no mortgage, compared to 29.3 percent of all U.S. homeowners according to The Tiny Life, a popular website that gives information to those considering the lifestyle. This, alongside with being more eco-friendly and living minimally, has attracted many homeowners in recent time. The Tiny House Movement, a movement currently gaining popularity with homeowners, is a push for living a more minimalistic lifestyle by living in a room home that meets all of one’s needs.

Conley would certainly be in agreement with MSU junior Amber Woods on the matter as well. She feels that the small surface area of the home would be too difficult to adjust to given the amount of things she would need to fit inside the tiny house.

“I actually didn’t know about the tiny house movement before this, I only knew that they were smaller type houses,” said Woods. “I don’t think I would ever want to live in one because I need my space.”

Despite opinions like these, our own MSU has made strides to make people more aware of tiny house living through the construction of Sparty’s Cabin. Sparty’s Cabin is a tiny house that will be finished by fall of this year and will be used for demonstration purposes to show the benefits of taking a minimalistic lifestyle. The benefits to living in a tiny house include having a greater amount of savings in your bank account compared to a traditional homeowner, a greater amount of money put away for retirement, and more according to The Tiny Life. Tiny houses also lower the number of lumber and other building materials, life cycle emissions, electricity and fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the use of recycled materials.

            Keith Frierson, a freshman at MSU, still does not think that the benefits are worth the sacrifices.

“I could never do it because I have too many things that I need for my day to day that would never fit in one tiny room,” said Frierson. “I could definitely not reduce all my property into one room. Impossible.”

MSU Senior Wendy Potter, however, feels much differently than Frierson. She sees tiny house living as something very practical and possible in her future not only for its environmental benefits but also for its cheap up-keep.

“I think I could see myself living in one someday,” says Potter. “They seem convenient and cheap, and would probably be good for someone on a budget. Plus they’re super cute!”

After a recent survey taken of students at MSU, it was clear that Potter’s views were not popular. It turned out that a resounding 17 out of 20 students could not see themselves ever living in a tiny house nor would they ever consider it simply because they wanted to have more space for themselves and felt that they could not part with enough of their possessions to make the adjustment into such a small space.

Despite data such as this, there has been proof of the movement’s progress through popular shows such as Tiny House Hunters among others. It is still unclear, however, if whether or not the tiny house movement will truly make a standing in the future.

For more information about tiny houses and the environmental benefits they have visit here or here. To see examples of tiny houses and episodes from Tiny House Hunters, you can also visit here or  here to read more about Sparty’s Cabin.


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