I have thought of this question, what is the difference between living in a tiny house and living in a mobile home/trailer? It’s hard to put into words but I’ll give it a try.
First off a Tiny house doesn’t need to mobile, they can be built as a traditional slab foundation. The purpose of having your home on a trailer, is that it allows you to get around many building codes due to the fact that people at city hall scratching their heads saying “its kinda like a trailer”.
I feel there is a much larger push for aesthetics than your typical RV, Trailer or mobile home. The cost per square foot of tiny homes, is often much higher than your standard built homes. The limited space means you much pain painstakingly maximize every inch. The use of high quality building materials, meticulous design and some style are a huge departure from the quintessential mobile home. I would even go a far to say they are often built with these tenant (materials, meticulous design and style) more so than most traditional homes today. I live in Charlotte, NC which has see and continues to see huge growth. Thousands of new homes are being built every year and they lack these things.
A big driving cause for people wanting to live in these homes is because they want to downsize. They have been buying into the notion that bigger is better for most of their lives and have come to realize, well maybe its not better or maybe it is not for me. In our world of consumerism, our culture of ownership, we have come to see that materials things are not the most important things in our lives. While we still participate in this consumer economy, it is at a much lesser degree. We have changed the focus of importance from things to people, relationships and free time for pursuit of things which hold intrinsic value to us. The key thing to realize is that we choose to live in a small house because of the lifestyle it affords us.