The Tiny House Movement seems to be caught in a cruel cycle that many fashionable things go through. Here’s a rough guide to the phenomenon:
- Wow, look at this new thing, never seen that before!
- This is great! People say it’s the answer! It’s everywhere!
- It’s everywhere.
- Sceptical or vaguely hostile articles start appearing.
- Someone in the media declares it a “fad”.
- Hipsters and others sprint to say “I’m over it.”
- Advocates get defensive, feeding hipsters’ self-certainty.
- The onetime fad either settles into obscure middle age, or becomes radioactively passé.
- “Where Are They Now?” and “Whatever Happened to…?”
- Revival, with irony.
With tiny houses, I believe we’re at the middle of the cycle. After several unopposed years of chic, tiny houses are now getting the “fad” label.
The image you often see: Mt Hood tiny house village in the US.
So people like me who live in tiny houses should not be surprised at any waning in media enthusiasm for how we live. It’s the circle of life.
But there’s more to it. (more…)