Less Is More Tiny House Infographic

This is a fantastic infographic on the tiny house movement. Enjoy!

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Less Is More:The Tiny House Movement

Less Is More:The Tiny House Movement
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16 Responses to Less Is More Tiny House Infographic

  1. bob August 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Love these info-graphics. This is the third one I’ve seen, or maybe the 4th. I think it’s very interesting to read about the details of how much house size has grown, and houseHOLD size has dropped over the years. Seems so backwards really. Unlogical. And so selfish sometimes that so many people want to seclude themselves in so much more space all to themselves. This information should be put together with other studies showing how we as a population have become more secluded, less socially adept, less curteous, more selfish, … and more alone in a crowd! And how the small house movement, tiny houses or even just houses like back in 1973, can cure a lot of that.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella August 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments Bob! We agree. One HUGE thing we notice too is how many people have their noses buried in ‘smart’ phones. It does worry us about where we are going with all of this. Hopefully there are enough of us out there that really value connection to keep the whole ship from sinking into solitude. πŸ™‚

      • tommygun August 24, 2014 at 11:47 am #

        My problem has been trying to find a builder in the Houston TX area

        • Gabriella
          Gabriella August 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

          tommygun have you discovered tinyhousemap.com? That may be a great resource for you and finding a builder there.

          • Michelle October 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

            Hey there are quite a few people in Canada interested or building a tiny house. Thanks for the link.

        • Natalie September 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

          We’re moving to Houston this week with our tiny house and will be looking to sell since we are moving to Galveston (hurricane area). The house is mostly finished on the outside, but would need to be finished out on the inside.

  2. Tim August 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    tommygun,

    One that’s not listed at tinyhousemap.com is Ragsdale Homes in Houston. I don’t know what Gabriella and Adam think of them but their concepts (apdapting RV pop-outs to tiny homes) look very interesting.

    https://www.facebook.com/Ragsdalehomes?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella August 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Tim, we have been in touch with Jay at Ragsdale and totally love what he is doing. Big thumbs up!

  3. Natalie September 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Hi TommyGun,

    We are moving to Houston with our tiny house this week and it will be for sale if you are interested. It’s mostly finished on the outside, but not the inside.

  4. Shelly September 22, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Tim

    Thank you so much for providing the FaceBook page for Ragsdale. I live in Minnesota and own a smal parcel of land. Zoning laws do not permit me to build a permanent structure do to small acerage size.

    For years I have had a small 5th wheel parked up there. The winters are hard up this way and in recent years it has become very weather worn.
    (you can only patch over patches so many times)

    We started gutting it out this summer and discovered water had been leaking between the siding and exterior walls. There is bad rot under the floor at one end. And the corner of the loft has mold behind the insulation. The frame is in great shape as is the trailor. (Its a 17ft trailor which includes the 6ft overhang that is the loft))

    My son and I are not very knowledgable in the building department and have been looking for away to replace the old 5th wheel by building on the same trailor.
    I been feeling a bit sad over the prospect of having to trash the whole thing when I saw your comment here. Ragsdale has given us a lot of good ideas. We will finish gutting it out after hunting season and next summer plan to renovate.

    Thanks for the good info.

    Shelly

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella September 22, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Shelly, too bad about the water damage! Glad that you have found inspiration in the Ragsdale homes model. We think it’s great too! Good luck with it all πŸ™‚

  5. Sugartai October 23, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I am from Taiwan and I am very interested in Tinyhouses. I would like to share with you my stories. A bit long, but I hope it’s worth-knowing. πŸ™‚
    I grew up in different cities in Asia including Bangkok, Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong, I always feel like I am a mobile person with friends and family everywhere, a good thing, but at the same time, I feel nowhere to belong to, everywhere is home but nowhere is home. That was why I was attracted by the idea of Tinyhouse so much in the first place, the idea that I everywhere could really be home.
    My interest in TinyHouses grew in one of my volunteering journey at the Thai-Burma border. I fell in love with a guy living in one of the refugee camps along the border. We love each other so much that we would like to marry each other. My parents rejected, of course, due to our cultural and language difference, our long distance from home (where my parents live now), and I suppose, they’re worried that I would be stuck in the camp like a refugee for the rest of my life with no money for survival, for family, for our house. All of a sudden I feel like TinyHouse could be our solution. We don’t need that much money to start with, and we don’t need to be stuck anywhere.
    After reading this amazing infrographics about TinyHouses, I am even more attracted to it due to its environmentally friendliness and simplicity. I mean, that’s what I want for my life: to live a simple and content life without harming the society and the nature I live in. I study sociology and arts, and so I would like to make my TinyHouse experience not just limited to living, but also to be a carrier of stories, perhaps by exchanging things (like a barter economy) in villages and bring the stories behind the things to the next place. Place to place, stories to stories. I am interested in Fair Trade too. So I would like to discover local handicrafts and food in different places, and share those things to the next places. I don’t know, I feel like there are so many dreams of mine that could be achieved through TinyHouses. Mobile galleries, mobile cinema, or even a mobile fair trade shop, or a shop that sell local fresh juice. :p and so many more.
    However, by research and experience, I’ve never seen any TinyHouses in Asia, not to mention the small island Taiwan. I am not sure where to start with. I hope my stories have given you some insights and I would be so happy if you could give me some suggestions :)! Thank you!

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella October 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      I’m so happy you’ve reached out Sugartai! What a beautiful love story and reading your vision for creating a beautiful life for yourself, your future husband and the community around you is very inspiring. At this point I don’t have any specific leads for you for tiny houses in Taiwan. However, keep the faith and keep asking people around the world and I’m sure something will pop up. And if you are the first one to do it there, make sure to share it with the world so that others find you. Keep us posted!! πŸ™‚

  6. Peggie Cravish July 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    I live in a large Mobile home. 3 rooms I don’t even use. You would think that our so called government would be happy always complaining about the energy, gas, people living way beyond their means. I’m getting a tiny home simply because I want to travel and see the country. I grew up in a family of 2 brothers, father, mother and me. I felt like I was the luckiest girl in the neighborhood. Every summer and vacations I went with one of my family they were all truck drivers coast to coast. I seen every country in the United States. Except for Alaska & Canada. When I get my tiny house I’m going to try to see them. I think it’s a great idea. I wonder who thought of it? Peggie

    • /bob July 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

      Actually tiny houses and small houses have been around since the beginning of people living in any house. These were the norm until people in first world countries became more affluent and began to be more greedy and wanting more and bigger. That’s when the big house and mcmansion trend was born and continues today. Putting a tiny house on wheels was also something that has been around a long time. In the early to mid 1900s people were wanting a way to travel and have their house too so many designs were imagined. But it was rapidly realized that there are special needs for any kind of house on wheels to prevent them from falling apart with a lot of road travel, especially as vehicle speeds and distances traveled increased. The modern version of Tiny Houses we all see these days are really out of the desire to return to roots of living in a dwelling designed to meet our needs without excess. Jay Shafer calls it subtractive design. His designs were just so cute that they caught on as a standard to strive for. And other designs showed up as well about the same time. But it remains as it was in the early 1900s that modern Tiny Houses, if built per most plans available, will not withstand a lot of road travel simply due to the mass and rigors of travel. If you really prefer to travel all over and see the country the best way to do that is still in a RV that is designed for extensive road travel. There are some really nice ones available for about the same or even less than the cost of a nice Tiny House. Putting a modern Tiny House on wheels was initially intended not for regular travel but for getting around restrictive building codes. They will withstand a little bit more road travel than a mobile home but not by much. I also lived in a mobile home and had it moved half way across the country… big mistake. I basically had to reconnect every wall panel and rebuild some of the outside structure after that move. And that was just one journey. I am really not wanting to rain on your dream, but just consider what you want to do and choose the best vehicle or dwelling to do it with. I’ve often thought it would be great to travel and see the country as you even already have. But that kind of adventure would be in a RV. I also dream of creating a Tiny home base. And with come communities and towns that allow and invite Tiny Houses I would build it on a foundation. I think if Iowa City were to allow the size of dwelling Jay Shafer wanted when he started out we might possibly not know of a THOW as we do now since he would not have gone with putting it on a trailer base. (he started out designing Tiny Houses in Iowa City).

      I would love to hear from those who have built a Tiny House on wheels and actually traveled extensively with it how their dwelling stood up to all the road travel. So far I have read many reports of people wanting and dreaming of doing just that and started out initially, but none from those who have traveled very much without eventually going to a RV. I know those reports should be out there. Just haven’t found them.

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