As Britney Spears puts it so well in her 2013 song, Work B**ch, if you “want to live fancy, live in a big mansion, you better work”. In contemporary American culture, working hard, putting in long hours and being rewarded by being able to afford a million dollar home in which you barely spend any time at all (remember, you are pulling 70+ hours work weeks) is the Dream. A big house is a huge financial burden, yet it has become somewhat of a “must have” to showcase the successful life you have built for yourself. Beyond a normal house, the need for a man cave, a home theater, a second dining room is increasing every day. In the modern contemporary home, you must have all the amenities that enables you to never leave your house. Is that the Dream? Living in debt to afford a house so big you can never really use all the space, filling it instead with knick knacks to forget how large the space is, and how small you are in comparison to it?
The Tiny House movement rises against that “need”. It showcases that you can live a rich life in a space that, perhaps, doesn’t need to be quite this big. Tiny home owners advertise tiny houses as “living more, with less”. The Tiny House movement gained momentum in 2016 but has been around for much longer than that. There’s speculation that it started around the 2000s, and that the 2008 recession served as a trampoline for the movement.