As a part of my explorations into container living I have discovered a whole community of likeminded people who are interested in tiny house living – and in many cases these tiny homes are also container homes.
So if you’re interested in living in a 'tiny'- but also really want to see how containers can be used to do so, you’ll find examples here.
There are a range of tiny houses being built across the world, for many it comes as a response to the global financial crisis, and there simply being less money to live in a bigger home (with a bigger mortgage).
The tiny house movement or small house movement actually started prior to the GFC of 2007-2010, but has picked up momentum since then for many reasons including environmental and financial reasons as well as a conscious change in lifestyle towards a simpler way of life.
It is a shift in thinking that involves having less ‘stuff’, and living in a tiny space automatically requires making decisions about the things you own, and the way in which you want to live your life.
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
~ Will Rogers
Living spaces across the world vary widely, and are largely influenced by the level or lack of affluence.
In western countries like Australia and the USA we generally live in some of the worlds largest homes, averaging above 2000 sq ft (or 200 sq m).
In less wealthy countries entire families live in much smaller accommodations and have done so for many generations.
The shift towards tiny homes invites us to think more creatively about the use of space. Many tiny homes incorporate loft bedrooms, or slide out and dual function furniture, meaning rooms can be multifunctional. A tiny home does not mean a whole lot of tiny spaces, but a carefully thought out design that actually provides space efficient areas.
Many tiny houses are built on trailer bases enabling their owners to take them wherever they go, although many tiny homes are also permanently located.
Tiny house living may not be for everyone, but we can all take ideas and inspiration from many of the unique design challenges that are solved by 'living tiny'.
Tiny houses vary in size from the size of teardrop camper (a trailer the shape of a teardrop which hitches onto the back of the car like a campervan), a gypsy wagon, or a permanent dwelling somewhere between 100 and 400 sq feet ( 9 – 40 sq m).
Here are some tiny container conversions, more being added here soon...
Tiny, self-sufficient, off the grid and transporatble is the
Small modular container home
Portable, relocatable and self-sufficient tiny container home
Tropical and compact shipping container conversion.
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