Tiny houses are a fast-growing trend in many places. Americans are finding that these small homes are more affordable and energy-efficient than traditional homes. That’s why there are now more tiny house communities appearing in many areas. Choosing a tiny house in a community doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy privacy, security, and other amenities you’d expect in a larger home. Let’s look at some of the benefits of fences, decks and outdoor spaces for tiny house communities.

Tiny Houses Need the Same Amenities as Larger Homes

When you see a picture of a tiny home on a website, in a magazine or on TV, you seldom see any fences, decks or other features surrounding it. The focus is on the house itself, which is natural enough. As more people decide to build this kind of home, however, it only makes sense to consider ways to make tiny houses more comfortable, secure, and private.

This is true whether your home is on its own substantial lot or if you live in a tiny house community. The latter is an interesting new twist on the tiny house phenomenon, allowing people to live together in an affordable and communal manner that provides adequate privacy for everyone. Amenities such as fences decks, and other features make a big difference in making these homes more comfortable.

Fences For Tiny Homes

When you live in a typical home, you take fences for granted. They serve a number of functions, providing you with a certain amount of security and privacy. Fences even have aesthetic and psychological benefits, giving you a barrier that reflects your own preferences for style. A fence around a tiny house is just as important, perhaps even more so. In a community consisting of tiny homes, it’s especially important to demarcate your own personal space. A fence or gate around any home, of course, is always useful for security. For additional security, attach an alarm system to the fence.

In addition to privacy and security, fences serve many practical functions. If you have pets, for example, a fence keeps them from running away. A fenced area for a dog gives the dog some outdoor exercise while keeping him on your property. It also lets your dog guard the home while you’re away.

Fences help to customize homes and express the taste preferences of owners. Just as with larger homes, there are many choices for materials, colors and styles. Fences of wood, metal, vinyl or other materials help to personalize your home and property. As tiny homes get more popular, people will discover that they are quite versatile in terms of style. The fences around such homes will match the style of the home or community.

Porches and Decks for Tiny Homes

Porches and decks are additional features that make tiny homes more comfortable. These homes are famous for providing efficient use of space. However, it’s still nice  to step outside your home and enjoy fresh air while still on your own property. A small deck or porch is a simple amenity that makes such a home more comfortable. It’s a spot to sit outside and talk, read the paper, enjoy a beverage, or watch the sunset. It gives you some outdoor personal space.

Fences and Amenities for Tiny Home Communal Areas

Attractive and useful public areas make tiny home communities more pleasant, comfortable, and sociable. These areas also benefit from fences and other features. Aside from their uses for individual tiny home owners, fences are helpful for communal areas. A fence or gate surrounding the entire community is useful for security as well as giving members privacy.

If a tiny house community has a garden, a fence is essential for enclosing it. This keeps out pets and wild animals as well as marking the boundary for the garden. Similarly, such a community might have a swimming pool. As with any pool, fences are important for keeping unsupervised young children and pets away from the water. These are just a few of the potential uses for fences in a tiny house community.

Other amenities also help to make tiny house communities more comfortable. There’s no reason such a community couldn’t have spaces such as meeting areas, recreational buildings, churches or public parking areas. Naturally, this depends on the needs and preferences of community areas. However, any public buildings or areas will benefit from features such as fences, decks, and other amenities. Pergolas, for example, are useful for both shelter and decoration for parking areas.

Tiny Home Communities: The Wave of the Future?

Tiny home communities are a relatively new concept. There are, however, signs that this could be the wave of the future. Many cities are experiencing a shortage of affordable housing. As populations increase, smaller homes help to overcome space limitations. Tiny homes are comfortable and environmentally friendly, requiring far less energy for heating or cooling than traditional homes. Tiny homes are also part of the overall movement towards simplicity, decluttering, and minimalism.

A tiny home community offers people a sociable and cheaper alternative to living in a tiny home on its own private lot. There are many possibilities for this type of arrangement. For example, extended family members can choose to live close together while still maintaining a degree of privacy.

As the tiny home phenomenon picks up momentum, people will realize that tiny homes need many of the same features and amenities as larger homes. In some ways, such features are even more vital for smaller homes to compensate for the lack of space. The possibilities for decorating, securing, and beautifying tiny homes and entire tiny home communities with fences, decks, and other features is really unlimited.