The previously 400 square feet and smaller tiny homes of the past are evolving into versions that are larger, more luxe, and definitely more expensive, according to Realtor.com. The do-it-yourself tiny homes of the past, selling for $15,000 to $20,000 are being replaced by customized models with granite countertops and other full-size house amenities, with prices starting at close to $100,000.
The tiny house movement grew out of the simplicity movement of the 1980s and 1990s. The goal was to build ultracompact houses (preferably without professional assistance) for next to nothing in someone's backyard, to reduce consumerism and debt and return to a simpler way of life. But over the last 10 years, tiny homes have evolved—and they're not so simple anymore. Buyers are increasingly seeking larger dwellings with top-of-the-line appliances and high-end finishes, and having builders do the labor for them.