Tiny Homes & Signal Boosters

We all know good things come in small packages. This is very true of HiBoost boosters. However, it is also a growing movement in architecture as well, where the trend to go small is having a huge impact. Tiny homes are a current movement of home design that looks to be a permanent addition to the architectural landscape. The idea is often one that generally embraces a minimalist and anti-materialist kind of mindset of “less is more.” Tiny homes can fill a niche needed for those who need additional space for working, a full time residence, or as a more affordable way to have a vacation or rental home. Most tiny homes are defined as being under 500 square feet. They can be fixed to a foundation but also often are on trailers, making them portable. This makes them a great option for those looking into vacation housing but are unwilling to make a commitment to a specific location. When you change places, the tiny home can travel with you.

Why Build a Tiny Home?

Currently, the average American home measures over 2,400 square feet, compared to 1700 square feet on average 40 years ago. This bigger is better trend has been consistent despite the fact that on average, the American family is smaller. Conspicuous wealth seems to be the primary motivating factor in that building trend. Tiny homes, on the other hand, go against the grain by typically encouraging a less materialistic and anti-consumerism mindset. This is encouraged by the 2007-8 financial crisis, and the fact that many people cannot afford traditional home mortgages, due to student loan debt or poor credit or other reasons. Tiny homes are also an increasingly popular option for retirees looking to downsize and have less house to maintain as well as less cost of living. In addition, many people may choose to build a tiny home on vacation property or as an additional work, guest, or rental space in addition to an existing traditional home. For people who have to or like to travel frequently, the expense and maintenance of a home or apartment they’re never at may just not be practical. Simply put, for many people and many reasons, tiny homes can be a more economical and ecological-friendly choice than traditional home ownership or apartment living. (Check out this article to see how some people making tiny homes work for them.) People may choose to build a tiny home themselves or use a builder

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What issues do owners face?

Average tiny homes can range from $20,000- $50,000 dollars. Tiny home building fits into a grey niche of building standards for most cities. Zoning regulations vary, and may include laws against “camping” with regard to property parked on a homeowner’s own land, or in city limits on property to have minimum square footage requirements to be met by new construction on foundation. Some tiny home owners may buy or lease land to put their residence on. Often, the size precludes any need for a housing permit. Tiny houses on wheels are often considered RVs, but many RV parks do not admit tiny houses. In response to these and other issues, the American Tiny House Association was established in 2015 as a way to help overcome obstacles to tiny home living. Cities are also exploring communities of tiny homes as an viable solution to homelessness as well.

The Trend is Spreading

Americans are not the only people to catch on to this trend; it is taking off in other countries as well, such as Japan, Spain, and Germany. In Britain and Scotland, tiny house living can be almost seen as another direction related to the tradition of bedsits, cottages, and other small home types of architecture. Other examples of small homes related to tiny homes include Friggebods in Sweden, the so-called Katrina Cottages built to house people displaced by Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, or park model trailers.

Tiny Homes Need Connectivity Too

Some tiny home dwellers may welcome to chance to live off the grid, but this isn’t of course true for everyone. For those who still want connectivity, tiny homes can still face the obstacles any other building can have with transmission and reception of cellular signal. As usual, location in a dense urban environment or conversely, a rural area with poor coverage, or the building materials themselves are the most common culprits in disrupting cellular signal. Every installation is site specific, so feel free to call us and find out our best recommendation for your living situation. For tiny home owners that have outdoor living space as well, a properly placed antenna could potentially cover that as well. Like tiny homes, HiBoost’s boosters are cost-effective, take up little space, and are energy-efficient. Tiny homes offer a lot of freedom and flexibility to their owners, and HiBoost does the same for cellular and smart device users by supporting multiple cellular frequencies, carriers, and devices. For more information about what HiBoost can do for you, contact our office today.

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