The two ends of the Tiny Home Clientelle.
At our design company, White Willow Design, we've built a great reputation around designing big places for people. And there's a certain demographic of people we help very well.
They need a bigger home than what they have. And we find that to be people in the mid-forties with young kids.
We’ll let you in on a little secret. Sometimes we wonder if our clients really need all that room. Sometimes we ask ourselves, ok. but what about the people who need less room. Who are they and what are their circumstances.
Where we live, you don’t have to look around a whole lot to see the impact of increasing house prices. Designing bigger was going great so, we looked into what would happen if we designed smaller.
Now, to be truthful, this has been a terrifically fun project. Designers love challenges and re-imagining what we consider to be a sustainable home is right up there. We asked ourselves, how could we help people who wanted smaller spaces do it beautifully and economically.
We decided to get into tiny spaces, where you can take a tiny space and do it up really nicely for not very much money. We see tiny homes for people of all ages. For young people, struggling to afford their first home, a home that costs less than $100,000 is tremendously enticing. In Toronto, an hour to the east of where we live, an average condo costs about as much as the average single family home did six years ago. That’s nearly $600,000. The average price for a single family home in our market, Hamilton, is $540,000.
On the other end of the demographic scale, the housing crisis can also be devastating to seniors who want to be close to their families. They want to still live in their communities. Tiny homes represent an amazing opportunity because they can downsize, reach their financial goals and still stay close to their family. That gives them an inexpensive alternative to retirement communities and hopefully, keeps them more engaged and in touch with their kids and grandkids.
June 23, 2018