Tiny Homes, Global Movement

Authors: Keith Bremer*, Fort Hays State University, Drew Bealby*, Fort Hays State University, Taylor Van Eaton*, , Diane Nunez*, Fort Hayes State University - HAYS, KS, Criquet Smith*, Fort Hays State University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Land Use, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Tiny homes/houses, Community Development, Sustainability, Urban Planning
Session Type: Poster
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The American tiny house movement began in earnest after the great recession of 2008. Tiny houses offered an affordable, environmentally-sustainable option to traditional American housing. The American tiny house movement spurred an increase in global tiny housing development. This research sought to analyze factors that caused the rise in tiny house development in the Western world. Using a mixed-method design, tiny home owners were surveyed on factors such as local urban policies, financial circumstances, education attainment, environmental consciousness, and housing needs. The goal of this research was to gain an understanding of factors that influence the increased construction of tiny houses. This study can help planners implement sustainable urban policy for large, over-developed urban areas that will continue to expand in size and population going forward.

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