The popularity of tiny homes has risen in recent years, and it seems they are more popular in Colorado than any other state.
“Colorado is the hub for the tiny house movement,” said Art Laubach, director of the Colorado Tiny House Association. Laubach founded the organization, which began in March, to advocate for the development of tiny homes.
Colorado is at or near the top for number of builders compared to other states, according to Laubach, and it is one of the leading states for tiny home living.
The state has over 20 builders who are constructing more than one tiny home unit at a time, and over 40 companies that have built at least one tiny home. On tiny home websites, other states with a growing number of manufacturers include Oregon, Washington and Texas.
The tiny home movement is being driven by people who are more interested in prioritizing experiences over material goods, Laubach said. Colorado is ideal for that lifestyle because there are so many outdoor activities within a short distance of urban areas.
At the Colorado Tiny House Festival in June, thousands of people came to Brighton to evangelize or learn about tiny home living. Laubach, who organized the festival, said it is the largest tiny living event in the country, with people coming in from every state in the U.S. and nine countries.
Over 50 tiny homes were on display. The styles were varied, with trailers, container homes, yurts, tipis, vans and converted buses all on display. The homes ranged widely in price, decoration and size. Some were whimsical and artistic, others sparsely utilitarian. Some were the size of an RV, while one had a pole outside with a sign reading “you should be shorter than this to enter.” But each had a long line of people waiting to take a peek inside.