Today I came upon this little graphic and it struck me that maybe even Tiny Houses are too high impact. As you can see from the graphic below, there are so many empty houses in America and so many homeless people. Now this is certainly an over simplification of our homelessness issue, but it does beg the question: Should we be building new houses at all?
To me there a few reasons that I can think of why we don’t you existing houses and build new ones. That houses aren’t in the location we want, for many people it is they aren’t big enough, we didn’t know about them, they don’t have the features we want. These are many of the rationalizations we a society make when it comes to not utilizing an existing home and instead build a new one. But the worst one of all is the fact that the vast majority of homes made in America today are cheaply made, lack aesthetic appeal, and there is no pride put into them.
One would have hopped that we would have learned our lesson with the market crashing and bad home loans, but in the past few years we have seen the emergence of the 40 year home mortgage. Couple this with poorly made houses by the 10’s of thousands and I have spoken with several realtors saying people are taking 40 years out and the loan will outlast the house.
The other consideration to be made is are tiny houses that much more efficient to offset the impact you create by building one (however small) when compared to a larger house. Heating and cooling are two things that I think you could make up the difference possibly.