Tiny house living has become increasingly popular in the last few years, as statistics show that more than half of all Americans would consider living in a tiny home. Architect Androsky Lugo (aka A. Alberto Lugo), who is known for his passion for sustainable, eco-friendly home design and construction, has long been interested in the trend and the potential it holds to reduce climate emissions and promote an environmentally friendly way of life. He offers insight into how the industry is doing, how it may fare in the future, and the challenges many tiny home companies face in marketing and selling this unique form of housing.
Androsky Lugo explains there are several factors that are making tiny homes far more attractive than they were in times past. The current housing shortage has made it difficult or even impossible for many individuals and families to find affordable homes right, as supply chain shortages have also affected the housing market by slowing the construction of new residences. While tiny home manufacturers aren’t entirely immune to these shortages, the small size of the homes means that fewer materials are needed to complete their construction than would be required otherwise. Inflation has forced many to actively look for ways to lower costs, and the average tiny home costs only $45,400, far less than a typical house. There is also the fact that individuals and even families have become accustomed to living in small spaces in the last decade; in fact, recent statistics show that nearly a quarter of all new apartments in the San Francisco area have about the same amount of square footage as a tiny home.
At the same time, Androsky Lugo points out that the industry still faces a number of challenges. About 40% of all people who buy tiny homes are over the age of 50, which shows that further marketing and promotion are needed to enlarge the customer base. Local and state regulations make it hard to find suitable sites to build tiny homes, forcing many would-be buyers to move outside city limits where it can be hard to access water, electricity, gas, and important amenities. Traditional lenders are hesitant to grant mortgage loans for tiny homes, limiting sellers’ customer base as individuals would either need to be able to obtain a large personal loan or have cash in hand to pay for the purchase.
Androsky Lugo has a passion for protecting the environment, and he encourages anyone who can make their homes and lives more sustainable to do so. Tiny home living, he explains, is one great way to protect the environment without compromising the quality of life as small homes are built using sustainable materials and are more energy-efficient than traditional homes. It takes some getting used to, but many who have bought a tiny home have no regrets. The concept of moving to a small living space is becoming more popular by the year and new technologies and developments in the industry, coupled with the current state of the economy, are sure to attract new buyers.