The Original Mini Homes

There is an ever increasing in popularity trend nowadays about getting mortgage free and opting for mini home living.

Some of them are really beautiful and ingenious, ergonomically sound and smart. The added bonus is that they are mobile and one can move around like a nomad and experience different places for as long as one feels like it.

If you take a look at the beautiful interiors of the caravan in the picture, modern mini homes are but the evolution of the Gypsy caravan, perhaps enlarged height wise with a mezzanine taking the place of the 'split level' bedroom of the caravan here.

In what other ways are today's mini homes different apart from the design and facilities? Perhaps the social aspect of the whole thing? Caravans being smaller and more agile that modern mobile mini homes, could easily move from place to place more often than today's mini homes. Furthermore they were part and parcel of Gypsy culture and way of living and they rarely traveled alone. They usually traveled -and still do- many families together, thus creating their own social family and social network.

This is missing from today's mini homes nomads, who usually are single families traveling alone. Thus rendering the whole experience more like a long term holiday or temporary 'stationing' without having the support and companionship of a 'clan'.

It will be interesting to see how much of the modern day nomads will remain nomads or will simply station their mini home on a rented or bought plot of land and end up being 'stationary' again. The whole idea having been born out of the need to be mortgage free and downsize, simplifying one's life to the minimum.

Another interesting thing will be to see if once 'stationed' they will feel compelled to put 'additions' to their small home out of the need for more space to accommodate their activities needs or not.

Having lived in small one room flats of 25m2 and less for years, I would be inclined to admit that after a while the whole experience becomes tedious and suffocating. If you happen to live in a climate where you can spend a lot of time outdoors, then that helps a bit, if not though, then things can get tough.

Am not saying it is not a good idea, am just saying try it, experience it, have fun, but don't necessarily expect it to be IT. Be open to the idea that your needs may change, that there may be unexpected surprises along the way and social aspects of the whole thing, which you may not be able to foresee yet.