Thinking small is making a big impact in home ownership trends

Rebecca Crockett
June 04, 2019 - 8:51 pm

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Kansas City, MO - Over half of the country has consider living tiny, that's a home less than 600 square feet, according to a survey done by the National Association of Home Builders. And the numbers are even high among Millennials. 

Living in tiny homes is popular in places like California, Oregon, and even Colorado, but consumer financing and zoning regulations are slowing the trend as it progresses across the country. In the Midwest, small rural areas, like West Line, Missouri is opening it's doors to the trendy lifestyle. 

Renee McLaughlin made the transition to full-time tiny living three years ago and has an 87 square foot house on wheels.  She says people are gaining more exposure as the trend become more popular.

"A lot of people tell me it's freedom, and that might be freedom from the nine to five grind, because your also gaining some financial freedom with that tiny house generally, freedom from stuff," explains McLaughlin.

She believes it's really important to give people options. For example, it could be finances that are oppressing or the desire for less expensive housing. It could also be a choice of more freedom or wanting to stay home with your kids. 

 For the first time in Kansas, Tinyfest Midwest is a festival coming to the Louisburg Cider Mill this Saturday and Sunday. There will be a variety of tiny homes on site to explore, live music, and food trucks. McLaughlin says even if your not interested in tiny living, you can takeaway ideas for making better use of small spaces.

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