The emergence of Tiny houses in the Netherlands

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In the Netherlands, a growing number of people lives in a tiny house. Although previous research has given insight in the topics (e.g. sustainability) that motivate tiny house owners, it remains unclear why and how these topics motivate them to live in a tiny house. Therefore, this research aims to gain in-depth insight in the motivations of tiny house owners. Analysis of twelve interviews with members of two tiny house communities show that their motivations work stepwise. Firstly, tiny house owners experience problems in their personal lives and feel that these problems also play a role at societal level. They anticipate that these problems will be increasingly problematic in the future which creates fear for the future. Secondly, tiny house owners feel a discrepancy between their own norms and the norms within society. This makes them feel like they don’t belong. Thirdly, they get to know the tiny house movement and feel that it agrees with their own norms. Subsequently, they increasingly integrate the norms of the tiny house movement which creates a feeling of belonging. They find that tiny houses solve problems in their personal lives and are a way to create a more positive future.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen