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What’s What: The growing tiny house movement is being fueled by both millennials and baby boomers looking to upgrade and downsize. A 2018 survey by the National Association of Home Builders indicated that 63% of millennials and 45% of baby boomers would consider living in less than 600 square feet.

Amava Take: There is a lot to love about these miniature homes, from the cutesy details and storage features to the low cost and energy efficiency. But is it hard to make the leap from full-sized living to bite-sized surroundings? Try before you buy with a tiny house vacation. Spend a few nights at a tiny house Airbnb or immerse yourself in a community-based “glamping” experience. There is also a tiny house prototype at the University of Southern Indiana where its Center for Healthy Living and Aging holds a course on building tiny house communities.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are best?

Anyone looking for a simpler way of life with less overhead.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Think like a minimalist, pack light and bring comfortable clothes.

What’s a typical day like?

How many ways can you say R&R? With no kids and few pets on the premises, afternoon naps are encouraged.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the life?

The money saved on gas, electric and housing overhead plus all the good we’re doing for the environment by using less.

How would you describe the hard parts?

It can seem claustrophobic if anything isn’t put away properly and promptly.

What’s the most memorable experience you had?

Spontaneous potluck suppers when the weather is good. No one has room to host but we all bring a dish and picnic outside.

Special Requirements: Most tiny house rentals don’t allow children or pets.

Finding a Place: This Airbnb is a specially-designed Minka tiny house that’s barrier-free and thoroughly adaptable for people of all abilities. Tiny House glamping is available across the U.S. and features mini-homes on wheels, in the woods and on the waterfront. This Tiny House Hotel features six unique spaces surrounding a group fire pit, BBQ and activities. This company will let you test a tiny house and will deliver it to a location of your choosing. And if you’re seriously ready to buy one, Amazon has some too.