The Growing Appeal of Going Tiny

Ever notice how everything considered to be new has an element of the old within, whether that’s the continued reinvention of the fashion industry stealing the looks from a previous decade or the rediscovery of the latest “IT” ingredient? Bell bottoms and tie-dye or kale and quinoa, anyone?

All joking inside, there’s often a measure of feeling involved with the re-emergence of each trend. If the previous time was enjoyable, it can be nice to see a good thing come around again. On the other hand, if something was bad the first time, you can generally expect it to still be bad the second and third time, too.

The Old is Again New

The home renovation industry is no different. Trends come and go and many have a small amount of nostalgia involved. Other times, trends begin as a quiet movement and slowly build over time. One such example is the growing tiny house movement. The desire for a smaller footprint is in great contrast to the McMansion era of the early 1980s when everything within a home became “supersized.” From huge lots to more bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage, there was nothing tiny about this trend.

Late in the 1990s came the beginnings of a consumer demand for smaller homes. Some attribute this to the publication of author Susan Susanka’s Not So Big House book in 1997. Susanka showed consumers the benefits of smaller homes that were customized to a consumer’s family and lifestyle. The architectural theory lead to the creation of homes that accommodated families with all of the individual desired aesthetic trappings in a much smaller footprint.

Today, evidence its popularity can be seen in the growing Tiny House movement, where homes are built as small as 125 to 800 square feet. Inherent in these tiny homes is a supreme customization of space allowing residents the freedom to use extra money for serious customization inside and out. With the money saved, tiny homeowners are adding in lux additions of marble countertops, freestanding quartz and natural stone showers and granite kitchen countertops.

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