Minimalism in real estate:
Where does minimalism come into real estate? In Japan, there is a new space conserving idea called minimalism. This is a new trend to save space. You can surf the web and see photographs, videos and articles, even books about minimalism. People are thinking up really interesting ways to conserve space. For example, a bed that folds up to the wall. By doing that, you essentially have two rooms in one. At night, the room is your bedroom, with a nice queen size mattress coming down to fit your needs. During the day, however, it can be a living room, or even better, an art studio or music studio. People have been developing this method so well, ways that provide new efficient setups having little clothing and belongings. Statistically, one who has less appreciates more.
The next level:
What is the next level? After learning to conserve space and thereby need less and essentially have more, what other gains are there? Here is the new and improved “real estate solution.” People have been building tiny homes. One room homes, easily transported by trailer, is the new solution to expensive real estate taxes and fees. This eliminates the real estate agent, too. Not to mention moving costs. These tiny houses are also environmentally safe. There seems to be only benefits involved here.
Zoning. Big problem. As it is with any house, a tiny minimalist house needs zoning rights. These are not always easy to get. Many properties have a no trespassing law, along with a sign. There are other issues too, as in water and electricity. Wherever Mr. Minimalist would like to park his house, he would assumingly want it to be next to a water supply, sewage system and electrical grid.
There are other issues pertaining to tiny homes. An issue I can think of, is having people stay over, where will they sit? If you make a party, I guess outside is the way to go. Another issue is storage. When you travel to another country, and you pick up a souvenir, where will you put it? These sound like small issues, but they do get in the way. When building a minimalist, tiny home, it isn’t just a solution, it’s a commitment.
A commitment to a smaller lifestyle, one which every person that enters the home must be accounted for. Not every person who lives in the home, but whoever enters it.
Being a zoning “hobo”:
Additional to these possible issues, the real estate zoning laws prevent tiny homeowners from feeling secure. Yes, they can buy a piece of land, but that defeats the purpose of having a small home.
Their only option is to lease, that way they can save real estate bureaucracy and be mobile, too.