Tiny houses are all the rage in the U.S. as Americans look for ways to reduce their footprint and uncomplicate their lives.
It doesn't hurt that building a tiny house from the ground up is a lot cheaper than constructing a mini-mansion. eCommerce giant Amazon is trying to capitalize on the trend, hawking tiny homes for under $20,000.
Take the Lillevilla Allwood Cabin Kit Getaway log cabin for one example. It costs $18,800 and comes with free shipping. Order today (July 4) and it will be delivered between Aug. 6 and Aug. 22.
So what kind of house do you get for less than $20,000? According to Amazon's Website the cabin gives you a combined floor area of 292 square feet, plus a sleeping loft that isn't included in the 292 square footage. The log cabin comes with a porch and is large enough to function as a summer home, home office or the main residence if the utility hookups are added.
The Lillevilla Allwood Cabin Kit isn't the only tiny home Amazon is selling online. It has a bevy of home kits ranging in price from as little as $5,990 to as much as $46,900. The Allwood Chloe Cabin kit costs $5,990, includes free shipping but it only gives you 123 square feet of space. The Allwood Eagle Point Cabin Kit, which will set you back nearly $47,000 has two floors with 712 square feet downstairs and 396 square feet upstairs. It comes with free shipping as well.
Tiny Houses Growing in Popularity
The idea of living in a tiny home conjures up fear and dread or happiness and peace depending on who you talk to. According to a survey last year by the National Association of Home Builders more than half of the adults surveyed said they would be open to living in a home with less than 600 square feet.
There is a generational gap when it comes to living in tight spaces. The survey found more than half of Millennials and Generation Xers signaled they would be interested in a tiny home, but only 45% of Boomers and 29% of seniors are interested.
Tiny homes in many areas of the U.S. may be a pipedream even if interest is growing. According to the National Association of Home Builders, many local zoning laws require a minimum lot size which would prevent a tiny home from going up. Purchasing the land to keep it on could be cost prohibitive, removing a big motivation to purchase a tiny home.