You’ve probably heard of Tiny Houses. This new housing fad seems to be cropping up in the news almost daily. Designed as a backlash against yesterday’s McMansions, Tiny Houses are being marketed to homeowners who want to rid themselves of clutter and return to a more economical and easy style of living.
Tiny Houses typically are built on a chassis with wheels, similar to a mobile home, and transported to the owner’s site. Other houses are a bit larger and wider, constructed as modular units, and then situated on a standard block or slab foundation.
While most plans are well designed, everything is tiny! Kitchens are small and usually part of the abbreviated living area. Bathrooms are, well….. small. Tiny bedrooms are often situated as an open loft above the first floor and frequently accessed by a ladder! Interior storage space is limited, and every nook and cranny houses a shelf or cabinet in which to store your few possessions. And Tiny Houses typically do not have a central heating or cooling system.
As a primary residence, Tiny Houses seem to appeal to millennials, couples with one or no children, or empty nesters who want to trim back on material possessions and travel for extended periods of time.
However…… most Americans love their spacious homes and don’t want to lose the advantages that space provides. Historical statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau bear that out: In 1973, the average square footage of homes was 1,525 square feet. That figure rose to 2,277 square feet in 2007. And in 2014, average house size rose to 2,463 square feet, indicating the preference for larger homes by the majority of homeowners.
It appears that large homes are indeed in demand! And what’s not to love!!! Large homes offer:
– Great entertaining space for friends and family
– A guess room or extra space to house overnight guests
– “Breathing room”, providing a private space to busy family members
– Large kitchen with plenty of pantry, storage space and food preparation area, often open family living areas with a breakfast bar for informal dining.
– Spacious kitchens also offer plenty of storage space to house all the cookware, utensils, small appliances, china and serving dishes.
– Large and abundant closets, and who doesn’t need that!!! American’s have a lot of stuff, and a livable home offers plenty of space to store it.
– Spacious laundry area
– Large bathrooms
– Roomy bedrooms, offering privacy and usually accompanied with private bathrooms
– A spacious yard, patio and/or deck area, porches and pools
– A garage! Tiny Houses do not have garages.
– Kids—and all the stuff that comes with them! Sports equipment, hobbies and crafts, trophies,
collections, digital equipment, clothing and footwear—you name it, it comes with kids and
you need a place to house it all.
For some American families, Tiny Houses might be an acceptable weekend get-away spot, but they can’t possibly offer the convenience and pleasure that a larger home brings.
If your home is feeling a bit cramped and you realize it’s time to make the move up to a larger home, call us today. The Brandee Kelley Group will help you find the perfect home that meets your needs and we’ll get your current home sold, all in one seamless transaction. Visit our website HERE.
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