Tiny homes are nothing new. Most of our ancestors squeezed a dozen kids into a hovel, and sailors have been living in tinier homes than the Ecocapsule for millennia. The costs and benefits of a tiny home, though, are really the same thing: simpler living. Ultimately it’s an individual preference.
There’s not a lot of privacy in pre-fab tiny homes, and basically no storage, so bibliophiles, cooks, and techies have to live without their libraries, ramekins, and 4K TVs. Tiny homeowners consider that de-cluttering a benefit, and outdoorsy folks like the excuse to be outside as much as possible. But living in a tiny home off the grid isn’t all gardening and lounging in hammock. Operating a homestead is hard work all year, and winters are especially tough. Cabin fever is real. If you’re stuck in a 120-square-foot home for three months straight, you could start scrawling REDRUM all over the walls before spring.