Tiny Homes, Small Homes, Laneway Homes
What's the difference? There is a huge movement to downsizing into these types of dwellings. Find out what they are here.
What’s the difference?
The Tiny Homes movement is attracting new members in increasing numbers.
There are four main factors driving this quest to downsize living space. However, there is a lot of confusion over the differences between “Tiny” and “Small” houses. The term “Laneway” houses adds to the confusion.
The general convention is that houses with a floor area of under 400 sq. ft. or 37 square metres are considered Tiny. Those slightly larger, up to 1000 sq.ft. or 93 square metres are called Small – source Wikipedia. In some areas, 500 sq.ft. or 46 square metres are used as the upper limit for Tiny homes.
Laneway home is a term used to describe houses built on a small lot that has been created by subdividing a larger property that has one or more houses constructed on it – sometimes many years earlier. These lots are often the back gardens of established houses in older parts of cities that had laneways running parallel to streets to provide access for services.
This type of house is not necessarily a Tiny or Small house, but due to the small building space and limited access, many do fall into either category. The original laneway becomes the access road for one or more new houses in a city block, hence the name, “laneway”.
What’s Driving the Tiny Homes Movement?
Four main factors:
- Conventional housing costs beyond the reach of many aspiring home buyers.
- Difficulties for new job seekers in finding regular well-paying jobs.
- Concern for the environment.
- Desire for a simpler, uncluttered life.
Over a series of new articles, we will explore each of these factors in detail. You might find some of our thoughts resonate with you. Feel free to join in the debate by leaving a comment or visit us at: TinyHomeGeniuses.com.
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