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Are Tiny Houses a Trend or Trendsetter?

Posted by Daltile Team on Dec 9, 2016 10:30:00 AM

A tiny house in Austin TexasFYI Network Tiny House Nation

200 square feet of living space doesn’t sound like much, but that’s what the average tiny house owner lives in. Sound impossible? It’s much more believable when you see what else tiny home owners get along with the tiny square footage.

  • 68% of tiny house owners have no mortgage.
  • Tiny homes have a tiny environmental footprint.
  • 55% have an average of nearly $11,000 saved in the bank.
  • Tiny homeowners live simply and have time and money to enjoy their favorite things.

But some say tiny houses are just a passing fancy. Are tiny houses just a trend destined to go the way of Spandex or cargo pants? says we’re just at the beginning. Micro homes are just one evidence of the bigger socioeconomic atmosphere: more and more people in the U.S. are single and/or living alone than before. There is more emphasis on the environmentally sound, the financial secure, and the flexibility to experience life rather than accumulate stuff. And it appeals to an ever growing segment of people.

Tiny houses are here to stay and they represent the best trends in full-size houses, as well as setting a few tiny trends of their own.

The very first tiny house competition held this year in Sacramento showcased three major trends in the tiny industry that we can all learn from, whether we live tiny or not.

Tiny house bathroomFYI Network Tiny House Nation featuring Opulence in City View

Energy Efficiency

Tiny houses are, by their nature, energy saving. But tiny designs have gone to the next level with solar panels. An award-winning design had the whole house rotating to continually face the sun and get maximum solar exposure.

Not Everything Has to be Tiny

Some things just shouldn’t have to shrink to fit into a tiny house. That was evidenced by an award-winning design that put a full-sized bathroom in a tiny house. You don’t have to sacrifice everything to live simply.


Even tiny homes are going for pet-friendly features. These are especially important when every inch matters. Designs at the competition were great for pets, but transitioned out of sight so spaces could be multi-functiona

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