Tiny House Movement

tiny house movement
High Design Tiny Home

The tiny house trend is something we see consistently across a wide range of ages and incomes.

The days, everyone has a need for micro housing options, it seems.

What makes a tiny house is interior floor space of  400 to 999 square feet.

The movement invites a younger generation to live smaller, with sleek designs and contemporary features. In some cases, that’s an effort to simplify life or create a smaller carbon footprint.

However, there are many motivations that spark the interest of buyers.

Tiny House, Tiny Cost

The cost and custom options might be a primary factors for younger buyers and retirees.

High Design Tiny House
New Frontier Tiny Home

The tiny house provides a contemporary alternative option that homeowners can locate on private land or in a community. Tiny homes also are used as second residence. The second residence, often termed an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, can be a “granny house” or “writer’s cabin” behind a primary residence, or at a separate “getaway” location.

And buyers are not alone in their fascination and appreciation for the tiny home. Manufacturers are jumping on the band wagon, too, with new models from companies like New Frontier.

Custom Built Tiny House

Additionally, there are custom homes from companies like Tiny Incredible Homes.

While the younger generation creates a lot of buzz about these tiny homes, we see structures provided as an option to decrease the homeless population, as well.

Tiny Incredible Homes
High Design Tiny Home

That is, nonprofits nationwide build tiny homes to help people in need. Whether that means providing housing to homeless veterans or retirement-age homeowners who have been displaced, we are seeing tiny houses used in a variety of ways.

Tiny houses are a natural fit many buyers because they are affordable and take less time to build than most other options. 

Yet another trend is with companies looking to create communities of tiny homes for their employees . This has become a viable option for seasonal labor, or temporary housing on long-term projects.

So, whether this new style of smaller, simpler living is just trend or not, we sure are excited to watch as our industry continues to expand and reinvent the meaning of factory built housing.

“Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in.” – The Tiny Life


  1. I am really glad to see this article in mhvillage! I love the tiny house movement. I am looking into mobile homes right now for all of the reasons in your article.Do you have any information on mobile home parks accepting tiny houses on their lots for Colorado?

    • Hello Joe,

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  2. Thank you for sharing this information. To be clear, Tiny Houses On Wheels (THOWs) start as small as 80 sq ft and typically stop at 399 sq ft. The reasons are mainly due to the magic ‘less than 400 sq ft rule’ which states that a home under 400 sq ft does not require licensing or permits to be on private land. Of course, communities are becoming savvy to this loop hole and are adjusting the rules.

    Another challenge is the RVIA certification. This RV certification makes it easier to get insurance, but as an RV, some communities will not allow them full-time.

    Some of the smaller THOWs are built to be towed by a pickup or a car, with no travel permits needed to be on the road. In our industry, you will find those that are fierce in their ideology of building cheap to stay out of debt and build not-so-safe structures for the 10k-20k range. Since we invested in a trailer at 10k and built as if it were a large million-dollar home, just smaller, we have a safe and insured permanent residence, but I assure you that the COST to build like this is surprisingly high.

    For the DIY builders, the safest thing to do is take photos of the entire build as you go. If your community or insurance company needs to be sure that your structure is sound, you can show them pics and save a lot of time and trouble.

    • Hello Jacqui,

      Thank you so much for this information! It sounds like you have done your homework on this chapter of our industry and were able to create a home that works for your living style perfectly. We truly appreciate your comment.

  3. I have wanted a tiny house for over 20 years. I have 2 1/1 acres in the Palmdale ,CA area but no water or electricity is installed. I want to rent or lease lots or all of it. It is right in the desert, ad you would live off the grid. If interested, please, Email me.
    I am also looking for a senior tiny house community in the San Gabriel, California preferably near lots of trees, water, electric, etc. I’m on a fixed income, so I’m asking a lot I know, but when I find the right place I’m there for the rest of my life. The shortest place I’ve rented was 25 years, so you see I don’t like moving . Where ever I Iand, is where I stay. I’m Happy !!!

  4. I really like the idea of tiny houses. Especially after watching the TV shows about building them. The thing is that my wife and I would need three of them at 250 sq ft each.


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