One of the biggest producers of Tiny Houses is a Hungarian couple from Transylvania

Tiny Houses are as close to nature as possible, plus they come with small daily costs and increased mobility – all of which have contributed to growing customer interest in Tiny Houses. These buildings are not caravans but real dwellings, and although they have wheels, they are rather designed for easy relocation than for long-term travel.

Close to nature, minimalist, environmentally conscious

The coronavirus outbreak has brought about many changes in all aspects of life, including the economy – especially the housing market. One of the effects of the epidemic and the long periods of confinement is the increased propensity of people to return closer to nature. A number of fundamental truths have been called into question, including the benefits of living in a big city, as a large percentage of the population no longer goes to the office daily or has shifted to the home office entirely. As a result, housing preferences have also changed, showing a growing demand for mobile homes in the so-called small home category, writes

The architectural and social trend, which focuses on cost-efficiency, minimalism, environmental awareness, mobility and the lifestyle of freedom, is also gaining ground in Romania. So much so that today many customers, who are considering buying tiny homes, do not see them simply as vacation homes, but as a primary housing option.

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The first was built for private use

The largest tiny house factory in the world operates in Szeklerland, Transylvania.

Botond Szakács and Emőke, a couple of Hungarian design engineers from Csíkszereda, started building their own house in 2015, in which they began to spend more and more time in 2017. Today, they consider it their permanent residence. The house turned out to be so stable that from this prototype the couple founded Eco Tiny House Ltd. in 2017. The company designs and builds small wooden mobile homes.

In a general sense of the phenomenon, there has been a marked increase in the demand for tiny houses, including houses for tourist use, in the last two years. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, the couple mainly built houses for private use, but since then the B2B line has gone from strength to strength. Based on the orders, it can be said that the interest of the tourism sector for tiny houses has increased considerably over the last 2-3 years.

The trend started after the US economic crisis

Although the roots are a bit older, the tiny home movement really “blew up” in the United States around 2009 after the economic crisis. The crisis caused by the real estate balloons had a strong impact on the housing market, which is when the movement of tiny houses came into the picture. Apart from financial independence, apartments on wheels also meant increased mobility.

According to the owners, having a small house is less inconvenient than a large one. In Romania, the need for mobility has also increased due to a law in force which stipulates that the creation of roundhouses does not require a building permit.


Laura T. Thrasher