Tiny House Hunters – A Binge-Worthy Break
By Caitlin Zera September 30, 2016
Ever wanted to live in a Tiny House? HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters will let you do a little daydreaming but doesn’t fully comprehend environmental concerns.
Episode Runtime: 25 minutes, 3 seasons
I first watched Tiny House Hunters on a plane through the free in-flight service. Each episode is about 25 minutes long and the first season just became available to stream (you can also watch full episodes on HGTV’s website). Tiny House Hunters is actually a spin-off of the original HGTV franchise House Hunters. Watching something like House Hunters, a show in which people buy homes/second homes that are often large and expensive has never seemed all that appealing to me. But living vicariously through a tiny house hunter? I was sold on that idea.
More than anything else, Tiny House Hunters is a binge-worthy break from other more taxing viewings like say, An Inconvenient Truth or Cowspiracy. It’s funny – sometimes even charming – and most of the hunters on the show are families, young professionals, and mid-income couples looking to spend under $80,000 on a home. If you’re a fan of tiny houses and the Tiny House movement, Tiny House Hunters will offer you everything you’d like to see in a show about tiny houses, despite a few annoyances.
Each episode begins with the hunters and their parameters – cost, interior/exterior features, geographic limitations, and square footage requirements. In season one, a family of six strives to find a tiny house of 600 square feet – allowing each individual family member to have 100 square feet of personal space. Most hunters are downsizing from their current living situations, and it’s a common trope on the show to demonstrate how much they’re downsizing with comparisons like, “At 600 square feet, their ideal tiny house would fit inside the master bedroom in their current home.”
Throughout the episode the hunters tour three potential houses and then weigh the pros and cons of each. This is the most indulgent part of the show, getting to see different tiny house layouts: everything from modern shipping container houses to yurts and bungalows to rustic cabins. The show allows you to get excited about things like two burner stoves, couches that collapse, kitchen tables that convert into office desks, stairs that double as storage, and compostable toilets (which don’t often go over well).… Read the rest