The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is an architectural and social movement of people choosing to live simply in small homes. The average UK house size is already one of the smallest in Europe, with an average floor area of 76m2, compared to the US average 247m2. In comparison, tiny houses are usually defined as having a floor area of less than 37m2.

In the UK, small and tiny houses have received increased media coverage, including the TV show George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. There are many professional and amateur tiny home projects in the UK and Europe, with the biggest new movement being in the USA.

Tiny homes are often built to be mobile, although they are equally perfect as permanent structures. People don’t just use tiny homes to live in, but they are also perfect as garden offices, workshops, and guest bedrooms. They attract a wide age and demographic, from young couples who don’t want a 30-year mortgage to an older generation of homeowners who want to downsize and simplify.

SNUG homes aren’t technically tiny homes – we have designed our standard SNUGs to meet minimum space standards under England and Wales planning law – but the SNUG ethos is strongly influenced by the idea of creating a smaller footprint on the Earth. Not only do smaller homes cost less to build, heat and maintain, but they also encourage us to accumulate less stuff and to get out and interact with our neighbours more.

Image: Fall and winter, side by side. By Tammy Strobel.