Unless you’ve been living in one and have been off the grid, you’ve probably already heard of the tiny house movement.
What constitutes a tiny house? What is this trend called “tiny living”?
In a nutshell, it is a social movement in which people are choosing to downsize their living space. The average size of a single family home in the U.S. is just under 2,700 square feet, while the typical tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses enable a simpler lifestyle in a compact, mobile and more efficient space.
The most popular reasons for joining the movement include the desire for more time and freedom to roam, extra disposable income, environmental concerns and an increased level of overall happiness. Seventy-six percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck because on average, 1/3 to 1/2 of income is allocated to just the structure of a home. The tiny house movement started taking the country and media by storm during the financial crisis of 2007-08.
For thousands of Americans who lost their homes due to foreclosure or unemployment, tiny houses became an appealing alternative to renting. With their low cost and quick construction turn-around, tiny houses are being used as shelter for the homeless in cities across the nation. These tiny house communities can offer a transition toward self-sufficiency.
The recent historical South Carolina flooding took lives and left many families without a home. Local company, Brighton Builders, with the support of the Town of Bluffton put a tiny home plan into action immediately.
“Our tiny homes seemed to be the obvious answer as to how we could help the most,” said Brighton Builder President Ben Kennedy. “They are a great solution for families who need a place to live while rebuilding their home following a disaster. With the help of our community, we are now in the final stages of preparing the first tiny home to be delivered to a family in need.”
After six weeks of building, Kennedy is ready to deliver Tiny #1 and has completed the framing for Tiny #2. He is working with non-profit agencies to place a family for the home. FEMA has not yet released the final numbers of the loss in housing because so many people were without flood insurance. Kennedy has committed to building two homes for donation and will continue to build more if the funding can be raised by individuals and businesses to cover the cost of materials.
Kennedy and his team at Brighton Builders hope that these homes give as many families as possible a new start in the New Year. “If we could build these homes for everyone who needed them, we would do it,” said Kennedy. “We would like to see the homes be passed on to other families in need once people are able to get back on their feet. We couldn’t do this without the support and donations from our community.”
To give families a chance at a new start and to donate towards covering the cost of these tiny homes, please visit BlufftonCares.com.