SUSTAINABLE HOMES WITH A TINY BUDGET TAG
Tiny homes movement is going strong. The concept of tiny homes essentially provides a solution to two of the most pressing issues we are currently faced with today:
1. The need to promote sustainable management of natural and physical resources
2. The need to provide quality affordable housing
Sustainability through Tiny Homes
Tiny homes promote sustainable management of natural and physical resource as they require a small building footprint and function without the need to receive energy from external sources.
Tiny homes have a typical floor area of around 20m2 or less. This may seem very small and not something that can cater for common household needs, however, there are a number of features incorporated within a tiny home which makes it a real competitor to your current home.
Here are a few simple reasons why the small footprint of a tiny home does not result in comprises to quality, luxury, storage and overall functionality:
- Most, if not all tiny homes have a high ceiling (approximately 4m) to allow for a mezzanine bedroom.
- Storage can be minimal yet sufficient for the occupants, e.g. storage under beds, within stair blocks and within mezzanine areas.
- Tiny homes can and should be completely self-sustaining. This is done through the application of solar power, rainwater tanks and composting toilets.
- Tiny homes can provide luxury without the high cost normally associated due to the small internal floor area.
- Tiny homes are warm in winter and cool in summer through the application of modern day insulation – this again is affordable due to the small area that is required to be insulated.
Affordability of a tiny home is what makes it a real option for students, young professionals and elderly. The final cost of a tiny home will come down to the materials you opt for and the quality of fixtures such as solar panels, rainwater tanks, composting toilets and kitchen facilities. It is recommended to opt for government-backed systems for solar power as this will result in a number of cost savings in the long run and more importantly ensure the efficient functioning of your tiny home.
It is the right time to get on board and encourage the tiny homes movement as it is definitely one of the solutions to overcome our fight against climate change while ensuring supply of quality housing is fast-tracked.