According to researchers at the University of Kansas, these villages are environmentally friendly, they foster a sense of community, healthy lifestyles and healthy habits, and are a safe and affordable option for housing.
Tiny Houses, which measure less than 90m2, do not represent a large part of the current real estate market. In 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors, only one percent of homebuyers wanted to live in a Tiny House, but Kansas researchers believe that this could soon change.
“We think that living in a small village does some things for your health,” Julia Irwin, a researcher at the university, explained “including creating a better sense of community, meeting the basic needs of the population for relationships, affordable housing, and the promotion of physical activity through community gardens. “
Obviously, there are many benefits to living in a Tiny House, however zoning laws in the country have often hampered the growth of Tiny Houses communities. The guidelines established in many areas discourage small houses, primarily mobile homes, because, among other reasons, they can be considered “low-end” neighbors.
“Tiny Houses have a different connotation for them, they are generally considered to be a middle class housing environment or structure,” said Irwin. The researchers plan to study specific small villages to understand how they can exploit the trend and use it to provide affordable housing options for those who need it.