Should Tiny Houses Stay Illegal?

One of the biggest investments the American people will make is dedicated to the roof over their head. The average American will spend nearly 1/2 to 1/3 of their income to their mortgage, and spend about 15 years worth of paychecks in order to afford the expenses of their allowances.

In our society, the common belief is that the road to happiness is paved with bigger and better appliances, making us the products of constant consumers, purchasing and continuing to purchase to fulfill our daily dose of joy. The Tiny House Movement rejects this notion, and teaches the art of minimalism instead; doing away with the excess and leaving more space for your life.

Tiny houses were believed to be first popularized by Dee Williams, fellow tiny house culturist and author of The Big Tiny, a narrative of Dee’s own life during the

Dee Williams

Dee William and her tiny home.

transition of living as an average middle class American to building her own home with her own hands. Over 20 million people have visited her home, and The Big Tiny has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angles Times, CBS This Morning, Slate, Yahoo, and even The Weather Channel.  Since Williams’ arrival of her tiny home in 2004, tiny house communities have shown up all over the nation, including California, North Carolina, Austin, Seattle, and Washington. However, zoning laws keep a majority of tiny house communities from being formed as major communities.

Poteet Ip's Storage Container Home

The Storage Container Tiny Home design by Poteet Ip

Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes from RV configuration domiciles to permanent structures, such as the recycled storage containers that Poteet Ip, a San Antonio based group of architects, have made into the modern infrastructures that deceives the average house-buyer with its style and elegance into believing these tiny bases are worth more than they seem. The average cost to make one of these is usually 40 grand, while the range for these houses can start at 20 grand, while the most expensive can go up to 100 grand, depending on what type of features the buyer wants installed to his or her home.

Interior of the Storage Container design.

Interior of the Storage Container design.

Tiny homes allow people, especially young single professionals, to live lavishly in a small, affordable, and stylish home without paying a fortune dedicated to their mortgage. The main reason Tiny Houses are illegal in the U.S. is due to zoning laws that state residences must include a certain width, room size, dwelling units, and minimum lot size. The only obstacle standing in the way of the tiny house movement is the ideology of an old doctrine that no longer serves a primary amenity in the modern U.S. culture.

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