By now most consumers are aware of the “tiny home” movement that emphasizes creating sustainable and affordable homes by efficiently utilizing all available nooks and crannies of a small living space. There is no official measurement for what constitutes a tiny home, but most are between 100 sq. ft. and 500 sq. ft. The movement has expanded to include more than just homes and with the increase in popularity we are seeing tiny offices, guesthouses, cabins, etc.
The increased adoption and construction of tiny buildings are a great example of how designers, homebuilders, and homeowners are looking to make sustainable choices. Tiny homes and buildings use considerably fewer materials, appliances, etc. than traditional homes. This allows those designing and constructing the building to take a close look at these features to examine whether they are environmentally friendly. For example, homeowners that wouldn’t fit the bill to outfit a 2,600 sq. ft. home with solar panels might choose to install them for a 300 sq. ft. tiny home since the cost wouldn’t be nearly as high.