It’s an Obama world…
Five years after the great recession millennials are obsessed with living in 200 square foot mini-homes.
Deb Delman and Kol Peterson aren’t millennials, but 20-somethings are paying the couple’s bills. A year ago, they opened Caravan, the country’s first tiny house hotel, generating interest from young adults near and far.
“I’d say half of our guests are from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Vancouver; half are from the rest of the country; and 10-15 percent are international,” Peterson said. “We get older folks, but it’s mostly millennials who want to build their own tiny home.”
This younger generation sees the trend Jay Shafer and other tiny-home proponents started and want to join in.
“We are at a tip of a movement,” Delman said. “A high percentage [of our guests] come because they are curious to obsessed [with tiny homes].”
The tiny obsession
Saving money is top-of-mind for millennials — many of whom graduated from college in the wake of the Great Recession — but many are initially attracted to tiny homes due to their size.
“I own the 690-square-foot home next door,” Delman said. “It’s teeny but not tiny.”
A true tiny home, she says, is no more than 200 square feet and built on wheels. The size encourages, rather than limits, creativity. For example, the six tiny homes at Caravan in Portland, OR show off floor plans and features not typically found in traditional, single-family homes.