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Small Housing Trend Heading our Way

The tiny home movement is gaining momentum in Australia with Bunbury leading the way!

How many of you remember growing up in the 60s and 70’s?

The family home was where some of us gathered for dinner that Mum had lovingly prepared during the day. We would discuss the daily events without the interruptions of modern technology. The traditional family home was a square box on a large block of land with large windows, the 70’s retro green and orange kitchen with the mission brown trimmings and two or three bedrooms which you shared with your siblings. Homes had only one bathroom, which everyone managed to survive with. Most homes had the outdoor dunny,which made for exciting times whether you were trying to avoid a dangling daddy long legs or a moisture seeking frog. Of course it was painful avoiding the cold, the heat or the rain to get there.

Today the great Australian dream is a 4×2 home with families suffering mortgage stress to maintain homes . The average mortgage in the South West is $2300 per month or $575 per week (Reiwa). With both parents working there is little time for a homecooked meal with chatter around the dining table. Children according to media reports are spending more and more time with electronic devices.

These homes also need more energy to heat and cool. Which is costing families, with the latest 7% increase in electricity and 5.5% increase in water. Is this really the Great Australian Dream?

There is one solution gaining momentum in Australia known as the tiny homes movement. These tiny homes were inspired by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 where many people found themselves homeless after the storm. In the wake of the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) more people started to look for affordable housing options that were sustainable regardless of a person’s current work and their lifestyle. These tiny homes are transportable, therefore accommodate change in people’s lives. They are environmentally efficient and designed to allow for modern use and storage. The movement in America now post GFC is now led by a younger generation of people not willing to enter and stay in the “rat race” for a lifetime (like their parents before them) and is largely philosophically driven. The houses solve housing affordability and offer sustainable space with off-grid living options,’ says Laura Nobel, director of The Tiny House Company (tinyhousecompany.com.au).

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