A new movement in housing takes downsizing to a new extreme. “Tiny houses” are a unique alternative to the traditional commitments of owning a home. The Tiny House Roadshow made its way to Indianapolis Nov. 4-6, and displayed more than 15 of the petite residences, in which participants explored firsthand.
Dale Geist started the traveling show after his manufacturing company, Tiny By Design, exploded in popularity. Older generations discovered the unorthodox lifestyle through television shows that featured tiny living. “Two years ago, baby boomers didn’t know what tiny houses were,” Geist said now he interacts with clients all over the country through the Tiny House Roadshow with Nov. 6 marking its ninth show of the year.
Geist believes what makes the convention so exciting for clients is the ability to talk with real professionals in the industry and experience the homes in person since “98 percent of people have never seen one in person.”
One of many vendors present, Tiny By Design is a leader in the tiny house movement. Their homes vary in size ranging from 190-900 square feet, with the cost landing anywhere from $40,000 to $85,000. They include all amenities seen in regular homes such as a laundry space, kitchen and full bathroom. Geist states that since they are a smaller shop that customizes all aspects of their homes, construction can take up to five months to perfect the various features clients want included.
Most tiny houses can be hooked on a vehicle and hauled around, giving owners a level of comfort and ease in traveling previously unimaginable. The freedom of a mobile lifestyle attracts visitors who have grown tired of the obligations that come with standard homes. Owners take their whole lives with them as they travel the country, with no packing required.
Attendees of The Tiny House Roadshow are like “kids in a candy store,” according to Geist, as they explore scaled down living spaces. The excitement of surveying the unusual spaces makes this event a very unique experience for the whole family.
For more information on where the Tiny House Roadshow is heading next, check out tinyhouseroadshow.com.