Of course, the biggest one is the COVID-19 pandemic and how it forced both a shift towards remote work and a reckoning with our mental well-beings.
Climate change is another macro force that has things like gardening, prepping, and regional food security coming up more often in casual conversation.
But another significant movement that’s largely gone under the radar is just how popular tiny house living is amongst women. According to Classic Building Sales, more than 64% of tiny house owners are women. Web forums indicate, and many builders confirm, that women are the ones driving the surging sales of premium tiny houses on wheels (THoWs).
We’re seeing three main reasons for this: lifestyle (design), life event (affordability), and life stage (communal independence).
Some of the best designers and builders have gravitated towards tiny houses. The remarkable quality and ingenuity of today’s premium THoWs is being profiled and celebrated on Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube – especially amongst younger women and couples embracing a minimalist yet stylish aesthetic. Related bonus: According to iPropertyManagement, moving to a tiny home can decrease a household’s ecological footprint by 45%.
Tiny houses are regularly associated with affordable housing – and there is a massive opportunity for cities to go tiny in meaningful ways. But even at the premium end of tinies, units are significantly less expensive – on average, less than one-fifth! – than getting a mortgage for traditional house or condo. And this is resonating for women on the flipside of a major life event – such as a divorce, the death of spouse, or the last child leaving the nest. Tiny homes offer a simpler, independent, and more affordable mid-life option.
While many people think of tiny homes as something only 20-somethings want, the market says otherwise and is showing significant engagement from those who are older. According to Restoring Simple (pre-pandemic), 23% of 35-54-year-olds and 15% of those over 55-years-old would seriously consider moving into a tiny home. There is a coming wave of retirees interested in leaving the nest themselves and finding a community that provides friendship, activity, safety, snow shovelling, and dog-sitting.
Ross Chapin wrote the book on Pocket Neighborhoods, describing them as “…settings where nearby neighbors can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirttail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate.” That’s our goal at Big Calm.
For more on this, take inspiration from some of these great stories:
- The Remote Work Era: The Guide for Women to Go Remote & Thrive
- Interest in tiny houses is growing, so who wants them and why?
- Empty Nesters Making the Big Switch to Tiny Home Living
- Why I Want to Live in a Tiny House
- After divorce, woman restarts her life in a tiny home with an amazing hidden shower
- A woman built a tiny house village after moving into a 204-square foot home post-divorce to save for retirement
- After Divorce She Downsized To This Gorgeous Tiny house On Wheels
- A divorcée moved into a 416-square-foot tiny home with her 2 kids to teach them that ‘stuff’ isn’t everything
- The51: The future is female-funded