Tiny homes are a popular trend in the country, and Utah is no exception.
But it's still a little understood housing trend. This weekend is the Tiny Home Showcase at University Place, marking the first tiny home event in Utah County.
Here are 7 facts about the growing (pun intended) trend of tiny homes.
Size of tiny homes
Tiny homes are perfect for minimalists. According to AARP, tiny homes are only about 100 to 400 square feet in size, on average. Compared to the average American home size of 2,600 feet, and you can think of where corners are cut.
Cost of tiny homes
It should be no surprise that tiny homes have teeny-tiny price tags with them. According to tinyhouselistings.com, the average tiny home in Utah County costs about $36,000.
By comparison, the average house is almost 10 times as much. Zillow reports the average Utah County house costs about $350,000.
Utah has been pretty slow to accommodate tiny houses, even with the growing demand.
But in the last couple of years, Payson and Santaquin have both lowered their minimum square foot requirements to allow for smaller structures. And Lehi and a few other north county cities are examining their city codes to see if tiny homes are in their futures.
Tiny home builders
In Utah, there are several main companies building tiny houses and two of the builders are based out of Utah County. Alpine Tiny Homes is based in Orem and Micro Homes of Utah is based in Springville.
Since there's less room to cool and heat, tiny homes are extremely energy efficient, and are usually designed with as energy efficient windows and doors as possible. According to most builder sites, frames exceed energy standards, making tiny homes an eco-friendly choice.
Real cost of tiny accessories
You would think that a tiny toilet would cost less than a regular toilet. But most home improvement stores, like Home Depot or Lowe's, actually charge much more for the smaller, often custom, accessories and appliances you'll need for tiny living.
Can be mobile or not
Many assume that tiny homes are like trailers and don't have a foundation. But many tiny home builders offer both options. So if you're more mobile, maybe you want wheels on your home, so you can take it on that cross-country trip. But if you just want to put down some roots in a house you don't have to spend two hours vacuuming, you can always set a permanent site for your tiny home.