Ever wondered what it would be like to move lock, stock and barrel into a tiny home, like the ones on Netflix’s Tiny House Nation?
Tiny-house building has become big news all over the world in recent years in response to rising house prices, steep mortgage repayments, unsustainable big houses and changing lifestyles, and Irish people are beginning to get increasingly curious about this way of life.
Younger would-be homeowners face challenges when trying to secure a foothold on the property ladder and the older generation are finding it difficult to downsize because of the housing crisis.
Rising construction costs and the impact of construction on the environment are also concerns for many. And with the soaring expense of home energy, people are looking for energy-efficient homes.
A Cork builder, JP Simpson, who himself has lived in a tiny home for more than 15 years, thinks smaller smarter homes could be the answer to the current housing crisis and is launching his new business, Big Man Tiny Homes, in response to demand tomorrow (Saturday, July 20).
“People now want more freedom in their lives, and they don’t want to be tied down to massive debts. Living big lives in small spaces is one way of making these dreams a reality,” says JP.
Anyone with an interest in developing a tiny home is invited along to a Big Man Tiny Homes showhouse this Saturday and Sunday (July 20 and 21) from 12-6pm at the Old Head of Kinsale in Cork.
It's an intriguing concept, whether you’re interested in your own tiny dream home, an Airbnb income generator, student accommodation, a granny flat, a garden cabin, office space, a place for the children to hang-out, a holiday home, music room, or a studio space.
The typical tiny house is 450-480sq ft in size and costs €45,000-€80,000 +VAT, complete with a fitted bathroom and kitchen, open-plan living room and one-two bedrooms.
“These mini-houses available to purchase in turn-key condition, are quick to build with sustainable materials, taking just six to eight weeks, and they are delivered by crane onto your site,” says JP.
So, what prompted JP to set up Big Man Tiny Homes?
“After working on many different projects around the world and in Ireland, from bespoke cabins to largescale housing projects, I came to realise that people's attitudes to homes and their lifestyles are changing.
"People don’t want to be chained to huge mortgages and they don’t want the hassle of maintaining large houses. What they want is a better quality of life, a better work-life balance. Tiny homes allow them the freedom to enjoy life.
“After living in a tiny home myself for over 15 years, I know all too well the freedom that tiny living offers. These years of tiny living have significantly influenced our designs as I saw firsthand what works well in small spaces.”
If you’re interested in learning more or viewing a tiny home, pop along to the showhouse on the Old Head of Kinsale this Saturday and Sunday (July 20 and 21), from 12-6pm.
Visit www.bigmantinyhomes.ie to find out more.