Tiny Houses Starting To Make a Big Impact On Housing Market
Last Updated on Mar 26, 2015 at 8:15am | Garrett County Economic Development
How much space do you need to live?
If you’re a tiny house enthusiast, not a whole lot.
“It’s about smart living, not big living,” Garrett County home builder Bill Thomas said.
Thomas, the founder of Hobbitat, constructs homes between 300 and 600 square feet, though many so-called tiny homes are even smaller. Hobbitat’s smallest homes are in Deep Creek Lake’s Blue Moon Rising ecotourism resort, while the “Hobs” designed for full-time living run bigger.
They are still a far cry from the average U.S. home, which is around 2,600 square feet, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Experts say tiny homes are attractive to young professionals and empty nesters who no longer have to deal with the space needs of their offspring.
“People who are interested are either young or retiring,” said Thomas, who builds his homes only in Garrett County. “I think (tiny homes) are here to stay, but I don’t think we’re finished with the evolution of it.”
The Baltimore nonprofit Civic Works, which provides job training and skills development throughout Baltimore communities, is building a 200-square-foot house at its Baltimore Center for Green Careers warehouse. Students in Civic Works’ programs are building the home.