By Byori Kim
Sarah Susanka, an architect, and author of the "Not So Big House" series of books, was credited of redirecting housing toward more thoughtful and sustainably sized home design. In 1900, the average home size was less than 1000 square feet.
The solution, tiny homes., is a tangible product. Tiny homes help save loads of land, social pressures, loans, homelessness, global warming, live off-grid in a tiny home and fear.
Tiny homes are most active in America. In the United States, the average size of a new single-family house grew from 1780 square feet in 1978 to 2479 square feet in 2007 and to 2662 square feet in 2013. The tiny house movement attracted more attention in 2007 to 2008 as it offers housing that is more affordable and ecologically friendly. The typical size of a small home exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). Tiny homes cost between $20,000 and $50,000.
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Fuels are used for moving woods
Some people say that tiny homes aren’t sustainable because if you live in tiny homes, how would your family grow to include additional members? Do you or your family want privacy? what are you going to do when you’re too old to climb over your kitchen to get in your bed?
In addition, you’ll need to drive further to get supplies. While the tiny homes may be eco-friendly, driving long distances for water, food and necessities will take up fuel, time, and money.
Also, it uses wood to build the houses. Cutting down trees for wood would cause deforestation which might lead to habitat loss of some animals.
What are the impacts of this problem?
Conclusion & Evaluation
- Recycle gray water to water the food you eat or the flowers
- Less waste would be made after built
- require fewer resources to build
- reduce the amount of land
- Less reliance on grid
- Environmentally friendly
- Harmony With Nature.
- Building a tiny home requires custom construction and careful selection of core materials and systems.
- Wood is good for body
- Less fuel is used compared to when building normal houses
- Less chance for global warming to get worse
- Respect of one another’s needs, privacy, and personal space becomes paramount in a Tiny House, which can instill a strong sense of human understanding within each of its inhabitants.
- Reduce the inhabitants’ carbon footprint.
- A Simpler Life
- Tight living may be uncomfortable for older people.
- Children in crowded apartments and low-income housing can end up being withdrawn and have trouble studying and concentrating.
- Not a good solution for people who have claustrophobia.
- There's generally no room for non-essentials, so you're not wasting money on things you don't really need.
- Save energy
- Tiny houses aren’t very expensive
- Spend less time/money on cleaning
- For those who can’t afford to buy or build a tiny house for cash, getting a loan is more challenging than it is for other home buyers.
- May not succeed in getting a loan from any bank, because the value is too little.
- People wanting tiny homes in America for a more sustainable future
- People who live in smaller living spaces own fewer possessions, consume less, and have lower utility bills.
- Require less building materials for construction and smaller land use
- Construction of smaller homes can utilize more efficient, natural, healthy, high-quality materials
- Can provide tiny homes for homeless people
- Less Living Space
- Less Storage Space.
- Limited Entertaining Capability
I think that tiny homes are great solutions for a more sustainable future but I think that they’re not the right fit for everyone as most tiny homes are for a single family. In addition, I think that the smaller your home is, the easier it would be to make it energy sufficient. One can install a central heating radiator, a radiant floor heating system in a concrete or a heating system.
Recommendations to problem
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- Harper, Kathryn. "9 Benefits of Living in a Tiny House." Lifehack RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.lifehack.org/314070/9-benefits-living-tiny-house>.
- Lisefski, Alek. "Top 5 Reasons Tiny House People Are Winning the Race for Sustainability." The Tiny Project, 5 Sept. 2014. Web. <http://tiny-project.com/top-5-reasons-tiny-house-people-are-winning-the-race-for-sustainability/>.
- McGrady, Vanessa. "Lessons from the Tiny House Movement." BBVA Compass: Banking, Credit Cards, Mortgages, & More. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.bbvacompass.com/moneyfit/owning-a-home/lessons-from-the-tiny-house-movement.jsp>
- Mitchell, Ryan. "Top 5 Biggest Barriers To The Tiny House Movement." The Tiny Life. N.p., 24 July 2012. Web. <http://thetinylife.com/top-5-biggest-barriers-to-the-tiny-house-movement/>.
- Schmoll, John. "Why Tiny House Living Isn't Always the Frugal Choice." US News RSS. N.p., 09 Oct. 2015. Web. <http://money.usnews.com/money/the-frugal-shopper/2015/10/09/why-tiny-house-living-isnt-always-the-frugal-choice>.
- "What Are Tiny Houses? What Are the Advantages?" Nomadic Cabins. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.nomadiccabins.com/what-are-tiny-houses-what-are-the-advantages>.
- "What Is This "Tiny House" Thing Anyway?" Sustainable Baby Steps, LLC, n.d. Web. <http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/tiny-house.html>.