Why do people build smaller?
The reasons for building smaller are plentiful. However, the most common reasons I have come across is a sense of simplicity and pairing down. The other significant factor, of course, is cost.
Building smaller and living smaller can be much simpler. It is easier to build less. There is less to go wrong, and there is significantly less to maintain. It can be very easy to forget how much time and energy is spent on running a conventional home, that is until you no longer have to take care of all that house.
Having what you need but just what you need, and no excess has been very freeing for many people, some scale back a bit, some scale back drastically going not only small but very minimalist. Several people who have chosen a tiny house over a regular house have said it has taken away a lot of stress and pressures in their daily lives. They find it to be a much simpler way of living day to day.
In the construction industry, costs are mostly referred to as a cost per square foot. Meaning you pay £x on average for every square foot of your property to get it built. So, in its most straightforward term, if there is a lot less to build, it will cost a lot less.
The other factor in costs that has come up is that of quality. Several people have spoken about how they were able to get much better quality by going small than if they were to build bigger. For the same money, they get less space but get the finishes and fittings that they wanted. You can splash out on lavish flooring and work surfaces in the kitchen if there is much less kitchen to cover.
There are numerous other reasons why people go smaller, and we will explore some of those later in the series. These two ideas should be a good starting point to begin considering building smaller.