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Das Warum - über Ziel und Werte

warum ein tinyhouse

ueber ideen und werte

Julian Fischer

Reducing living space does not have to mean giving up space. After moving more than 20 times, I know that you always use the same places - the space on the couch, the dining table, the bed, the kitchen and the paths in between. Often the majority of space is wasted, unused corners that bad architecture tries to sell to us as "generous".

So if you concentrate on the essentials, a small but well thought-out room sometimes even means an increase in useful space.

Flexibility doesn't mean having to constantly change, but it does mean being prepared for it. A new job in another city? A new love in the neighboring country? Or simply the need for a new experience - there are many reasons for moving, the tiny house gives you the opportunity to still have the constant and security of your own home despite all the changes.

Sustainability - nowadays everyone has a certain responsibility towards the environment. It's not about being perfect either, because a 100% sustainable life is not even possible. We want to contribute to sustainability by returning people to the world's most natural building materials. wood and clay. Austrian spruce for our walls, larch as facade material and terrace covering, pine for the windows and clay as an alternative plastering material for the interior.

Security thinking is changing - is it still safe to build a large house or is the decades-long loan for it an even greater risk?

Is it safe to build a rigid house without knowing where the future will take you, how many children you will have or how much space will be needed in 20 years?

For me, security means freedom. The freedom to build a house with little financial burden that is sufficient for my current circumstances so that I can expand it later if more space is needed. The freedom to build a house that I can take with me wherever I go, regardless of demographic, infrastructural and political changes. The house therefore represents security in a constantly changing world, security that adapts to changes in life rather than clinging to outdated values.

The security of property, for people with foresight.

Beweggründe und Lebenswege

beweggruende und lebenswege

"As a musician's child, moving, furnishing and designing were part of my life from an early age. On average, I changed apartments, cities and schools every year. In addition to all the restlessness, I also enjoyed the movement, the change and the lack of stagnation This is where my love for architecture developed.

 

In 2004, I left my parents' house with my first apprentice's salary and lived in a shared room that was just a few square meters in size until I graduated. At first it was very strange, but I was soon surprised at how little space you need to be happy - so I quickly had the dream of having my own mini house.

Since then, I have been keenly following the development of “tiny houses” from the USA and the first European implementations of “container houses”.

Four years later I was working for the first container house manufacturer in Austria, but I couldn't find a bank that wanted to give a 19-year-old a home loan for a tiny house. So I continued to rent from Tyrol to Vienna and later to Vorarlberg, living in apartments and houses between 25 and 160 square meters. I learned a lot about useful but also unnecessary space, personal retreats, good divisions and also less good solutions.

When I temporarily moved into a small room in 2014 due to a change of residence from my own house, I realized again how little space I actually needed. The thought of a tiny house quickly came back and I was surprised at how big the scene in the USA had become in the meantime. So over the next few years I started saving for my own small home. Amazed at how many people I was able to infect with my enthusiasm here, I founded my first company in 2017.

I stirred up a lot of dust in Tyrol with the topic of tiny houses, held a public presentation on the topic of "parking spaces", newspapers and television reported on my project, which, however, not everyone liked - besides all the people who supported my tiny house project and wanted to be part of it , on the other hand, I was faced with an ice-cold wind from the authorities and offices - after I was finally officially threatened with a boycott if I didn't stop finding the legal loopholes to establish tiny houses, I finally switched to small modular houses in 2019. So also small floor plans, natural materials such as wood & Clay and basically still mobile, but no more classic tiny houses. 

After successfully building up my company and years full of 80-hour weeks and constant stress, I longed for a break in 2021 - I went on an extensive trip through Europe with a roof tent, my dog and my cat. On the way to Greece my gearbox exploded in Kosovo, which meant I stayed here in the country for 5 weeks where I lived in a small mountain hut. In the two months in which I didn't have more possessions than what would fit in my car besides my animals, I once again noticed how little you actually need to be happy. I thought a lot about my life, my values, goals and desires. Whether money and success makes you happy when you no longer have time to “live”. And well, 1 year and 8 visits to Kosovo later, I have now moved here to live a life in which success is not measured by money. The country, the relaxed people and above all the freedom here simply convinced me. 

 

Instead of “big business” and constant stress, I would now like to devote more time to the things that actually bring me joy. That's why I'm now devoting myself entirely to the topic of tiny houses, preferably on wheels. Quite So "back to the roots" and now that the tiny house movement has unstoppably arrived in German-speaking countries, I'm using my skills to become an active part of it. 

My name is Julian Fischer, I am the founder and owner of

Julian's Tiny Homes

Julian Fischer
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