Laura Asks… Does Technology Make the Tiny House Movement Possible?

Do you think today’s technology makes it possible or enhances the tiny house experience? What kind of technology do you have that would be perfect for downsizing your life?” – Laura LaVoie

Read the original story that asks the question, Does Technology Make the Tiny House Movement Possible?

My take… I think technology makes any size lifestyle more comfortable and can change how we connect with other people. As size and consumption go up, so does the cost.

So the more pressing question for technology centers around ROI (return on investment). Many designers like to include high-tech solutions in their design concepts – which is good for creative exploration – but when the rubber hits the road (or bank account) homeowners must often choose between high initial cost and long-term consumption cost.

Tiny homes are going to cost less overall, so may afford the homeowner the opportunity to experiment with more technology. But I don’t think technology makes the tiny house movement possible; technology just makes it easier for folks like Laura to live affordably off the grid while still participating in our technologically connected society.

The Cultivating Contentment Challenge

Over the last few days the idea of being a tiny houser who lives in an ever commercialized and material world has been on my mind. This is because Steven Harrell wrote to me with the tidy heading “cultivating contentment” after he published my last article at Tiny House Listings.

Modern Off-Grid Tiny House

Join the tiny movement! Modern tiny house on wheels for sale! It is 8×22 ft with 280 sq feet of inside space (sleeping loft adds additional footage).
I bought this from the builder with idea of finishing it out and putting it in Granby as a getaway-home, alas working full-time and being in school full-time have not left much time/energy/resources for this project.

Little Minimalist Home

Tired of roommates? Are you a minimalist? A traveler that just needs a place to crash? This is the house for you! Located on a full sized lot, off street parking off alley, new vinyl windows, gas cooktop, double sink, window A/C only 1 year old, refrigerator 3 y/o, built in shelves, back of roof 5 y/o, front of roof 8-9 y/o, on a crawl space.