TV shows are getting dumber and dumber, except for a handful of them that really make a positive impact on the viewers. But it’s hard to find such gems amid repetitive tropes, predictable plots and cardboard cutout characters.
Tiny House Nation was one such show. For dummies, the show followed hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin as they traveled across the United States, helping families design and build their own tiny homes, typically under 500 square feet. The show aired between 2014 and 2019 before it stopped due to reasons that we will discuss later.
For now, let’s discuss the ingenuity of the show, and why everyone who is into building tiny homes should go watch it.
The Show’s Content
First, the nature of the show itself. The show was a serial and every episode depicted the story of a family that started out by dreaming of living in a small house to actually living in it. The dreamers John Weisbarth and the builder Zack Giffin hit a chord with the viewers, whose dreams came true. Their contagious excitement ignited viewers’ imagination, and taught them how to redo and update their houses. We observed the congested spaces turned into magnificent and sophisticated living rooms.
But Tiny House Nation was more than simply building tiny houses. It was about a lifestyle. Some, not all individuals and families featured in the show chose to downsize their living spaces because of financial reasons. Others opted for it because the minimalist lifestyle attracted them.
Why the Show Stopped
If you are wondering why such a great show came to an end, it might have been that the show just naturally ended its run, having covered various angles of the small house movement. The local network or production team never announced an official reason for the show’s shutdown, so we are free to draw our own conclusions.
There were controversies around Tiny House Nation. Numerous rumors surfaced with issues during season six production such as claims of poor quality workmanship and even a stolen tiny house. Also, the show was quite popular initially, but its ratings dropped over the years. A possible loss in viewers, along with production troubles could have played a role.
But Tiny House Nation made a lasting impression. It stirred passion for off-grid living, motivated millions of people and demonstrated the innovation and imagination found in the tiny house culture. It lives on with fans who love its message and respect its treatment of living small and living right. And that brings us to our next topic of discussion – what lesson the tiny house activists, and people who are fond of living small could learn from Tiny House Nation.
Building Realistic Expectations
Tiny House Nation presented viewers with perfect portrayals of small living, featuring beautiful designs and seamless construction. But the reality is that such designs involve budgetary issues, zoning barriers, and functionality sacrifices. The tiny house builders should keep this point in mind when giving potential tiny homeowners a more realistic picture.
Legal and Practical Hurdles
Tiny House Nation delved into legal and practical challenges of tiny living, but didn’t always go into the minuscule detail. The legal and practical issues of micro living can be very complex; zoning restrictions, parking limitations and utility connections are to name a few. Tiny house developers could recognize and eliminate the show’s inadequacy, and offer their clients resources and advice on overcoming these barriers.
Tiny House Lifestyle Diversity
One shortcoming of Tiny House Nation is that the show mainly discussed families who were moving to tiny houses. Yet, the tiny house movement is a broader concept that extends to more individuals and lifestyles. Understanding the gap and filling it by presenting diverse ways tiny houses and the minimalist lifestyle are perceived could benefit a larger group of people, who the tiny house movement caters to. This could add a fresh approach to the movement.
Sustainability and Environmental Impact
Tiny House Nation briefly addressed environmental gains one could achieve by building a tiny house and living in it. This narrative could be further expanded and more attention could be paid to illustrating sustainable building approaches, energy saving measures, and the general environmental implications of various tiny house models. This could support the movement in its sustainability objectives and draw environmentally-minded people into the fold.
Tiny House Nation is a great inspiration for anyone interested in building a tiny house or moving to one. In a time when the mortgage rates are high and inflation has been slowly eroding the value of money, finding living accommodation is a challenge for many. Living in a tiny house can help one overcome this challenge. By incorporating lessons from the show Tiny House Nation, one can bring more ease into the development or search of a tiny house. They can find valuable resources in the show, use those resources for their benefits, and even share them with like-minded people who also have the dream of living in a tiny house.