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Benefits of a Tiny Home: Everything You Need to Know About the Eco-Friendly Houses

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If you’ve heard of the tiny house movement, you probably have a lot of questions. Where do these homes come from? Are they legal? And why on Earth would anyone want to live in such a cramped space?!

Even though it may seem puzzling at first, tiny house living actually comes with a slew of benefits — as long as you can handle (very) limited space. Emphasis on very. Read on to learn everything you need to know about tiny houses.

What Are Tiny Homes?

Tiny homes are just what they sound like — small houses that are just big enough for everything you need. According to the International Code Council, tiny houses must be 400 square feet or less — and according to The Tiny House, they can be as small as 60 square feet in size. A tiny home can either be on wheels (sort of like a trailer) so that you can drive it around and park it in different places, or it can be a freestanding structure, with or without a foundation.

Tiny house living is so much more than wanting to feel like you’re in a walkup studio apartment in Manhattan. As explained by The Tiny Life, the whole tiny house thing has become a social movement, with people moving into the small homes for a number of interesting reasons. For example: it’s more affordable than a larger home; it has a relatively low environmental impact; and the small space forces inhabitants to embrace their inner Marie Kondo and get rid of unnecessary possessions.