During a time when the human population was not as booming as it did, it made sense for people to build huge structures that they would call their “humble abode”. But with improvements to the human condition brought about by science and medicine, mankind was able to live past the average human lifespan and grow in number.
But with the lowering mortality rates and the increasing birth rates, it seems that people are running out of space to build homes on. Sooner or later it seemed that the only solution would be to cull the human population. Thankfully, small homes have now risen in popularity as a seeming solution to the pressing issue of residential congestion.
Small homes are cheaper to build.
Small home designs ultimately cost less to build than a traditional home, owing to the fact that there isn’t much to build in the first place. And thanks to more modern building techniques, such as those found in prefab homes, smaller homes become even more cost effective to construct that larger homes that take a significant amount of loans and mortgages to build.
Small homes are a practice on simplicity.
One of the reasons why large homes grew in popularity was because of the cultural climate back then. With resources at an all-time low during the time of war, anybody who built a large house meant that they had the means to live in one; large houses were used as a means of flaunting one’s capacity to bounce back from the effects of the war.
But mankind today is living in a culture of excess. People are generating more waste and using more than what they need. Millenials for example, are learning that it does not take much to live comfortably. The rising trend of minimalism among young adults and professionals also gave way to the rise in popularity of small homes.
Small homes favor multi-functionality.
The recent trends in product design reflect the rising popularity of small homes. Home furniture like tables for example, feature modular designs that are made for a smaller area but can easily expand to accommodate a small group of guests when needed. The open floor concept for small homes means that the interiors can be customized to transform into a living area during the day, and a bedroom during the day. IKEA, a Swedish brand that sells furniture and other home items, has recently made some changes to its product lineup to provide more modular furniture.
Small homes are more environmentally friendly.
There is a growing consciousness towards the environment and how humans play a vital role in the maintenance of the Earth’s resources. More and more people are now deciding to prioritize sustainability over opulence. This can be reflected in the more modern designs of houses–pared down embellishments, smaller floor plans, and the use of eco-friendly materials in construction.
Small homes became popular because of how they are able to meet a homeowner’s budget and cater to their needs without sacrificing their quality of living. Although small homes are relatively new, it is a trend that has been reported by many experts in architecture to be a longstanding trend that will hopefully see more improvements in the upcoming years.