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Could Very Big Houses be the new Tiny Homes?

A new trend is sweeping the nation

The construction and habitation of Tiny Homes may have started as a trend, but it has grown into a full-fledged movement with new (and increasingly adorable) examples cropping up seemingly every day. Advocates of Tiny Home living laud their sub-500-square-foot domiciles as more affordable and environmentally responsible than an average house, with the added benefit of the sense of mental well-being that comes from a minimalist lifestyle. And although the movement may have its detractors, it appears to be here to stay.

And not only is it here to stay, but it might even be spawning other movements, most notably the Very Big House movement. Very Big Houses have been sprouting up all over the place, in cities as far flung as Atlanta, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio. In fact, these days, it seems like Very Big Houses are everywhere you look.

Below are some examples from the Very Big House movement, as well as the reasons that people are latching onto this growing trend.

1. Lots of space

The greatest advantage of a living in a Very Big House is how much space there is: a lot of it. This allows Very Big House enthusiasts to store a large number of possessions, or have different rooms for different individual purposes, i.e. a "gym," or a "dining room," or a "third bathroom."

2. Show off how much money you have

Another thing that people like about Very Big Houses is that they let people know that the person who lives there has a lot of money. (Side note: Very Big Houses tend to be fairly expensive, but they’re worth it!) Outright saying "I have a lot money" is often considered gauche, but living in a Very Big House is a handy way to get around that.

3. They usually come with land

When you buy a Very Big House, you are often buying the land on which it is located, as well as some of the surrounding land. Owning private land is not only a boon to many peoples’ mental states, but it can also be a sound investment as the value of the land tends to appreciate over time.

So, there you have it. Those are just a few of the reasons that Very Big House-lovers swear by them, but we recommend doing additional research on your own before you make a decision about whether the Very Big House movement is right for you.

Tiny Homes coverage [Curbed]