The media has really helped the tiny-house movement by showing us living spaces that are often no bigger than a school bus. However, the truth is that single-family homes in new construction are actually getting bigger. The national average in 2014 reached a record high of 2.657 square feet. Only 48,000 or about 8 percent of the 620,000 newly constructed single-family homes in 2014 were smaller than 1,400 square feet. About 10 percent were 4,000 square feet or more.
Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, says that homes smaller than 1,000 square feet represented less than 1 percent of sales in America from 2010 through 2015. “The tiny-house movement is pretty tiny. People might seek smaller units for affordability or environmental benefit, but they quickly realize that, in terms of comfort, it’s not a permanent solution.”