Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical North American home is around 2,500 square feet, whereas the typical tiny house seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2).
The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 by 20 ft (2.4 by 6.1 m), with livable space totaling 120 sq ft (11 m2) or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit.
There are many reasons why people are choosing to build their own Tiny Houses. The most expressed reasons are to live a freer economic life without taking on massive mortgage debt, reducing one’s carbon footprint and desire for more time and general freedom.