Tiny Housing, Huge opportunity?
May 05, 2015
Owning a home, it’s the Australian dream. Unfortunately though, for many young Australians today, that dream is starting to seem less achievable as property prices rise to extremes and mortgage repayments haunt home owners for decades. But a new solution/movement has popped its tiny head in and all around busy Melbourne and its ever-growing surrounding suburbs.
Tiny homes were first introduced to New Orleans in 2005 to accommodate victims of Hurricane Katrina and it’s devastating effects. The interest in Australia has been minimal, where homes are recorded as some of the largest in the world, until now. With median home prices in Melbourne hitting just over $600,000, the option of owning a tiny home for about $28,000 seems much more attractive and, more importantly, achievable. The benefits of the movement in Melbourne are of high value to many; freedom from debt, minimal environmental impact and the opportunity to live simply.
As envorinmental concerns continue to rise in Australia, the sustainability benefits of a tiny home movement are becoming more and more importnant to many Melburnians. James Galletly, also known as The Upcyclist, wants to kickstart a revolution of tiny homes in Australia. He builds tiny houses using as much recycled content as possible. He creates homes that incorporate all of his beliefs into one thoughtfully designed piece of Architecutre; low inpact living, debt free living, owner built housing, minimalism, limited consumerism, craftsmanship and community.
Alternative living spaces are starting to pop up all over the world to solve a number of issues such as disaster reliefand homelessness. In New Zealand we are seeing many cafes and homes popping up in shipping containers, an alternative solution in locations that have witnessed theeffects of earthquakes. In America the movement has really taken off, with small communities of over 30 houses, also known as "opportunity villages", appearing to solve larger social goals.
Not only are these tiny homes sustainable and affordable, but we think they are quite beautiful. These are just a few of our favourites as far as design and clever use of minimal space goes.