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Sizing up the Tiny House Movement

A growing number of people are choosing to shun the conventional option of a foundation, mortgage and spare room in favour of a house the size of the average suburban garage. So what exactly is a tiny house, why is it so appealing, and what is it like to actually live in one?

A tiny home is exactly what the name suggests – a small house, frequently built on a trailer base to be mobile. There’s no fixed size, but they usually hover around the 100 – 200 ft2 mark, and having no foundations, they’re often not subject to the same building regulations.

The first tiny home enthusiasts I met were Devan and Charlie, who I met in Nova Scotia last May. At that point, they were only at the planning stage of their tiny home project, having been inspired by a couchsurfing guest. Charlie told me how quickly they were converted to the idea. “Devan and I bombarded her with questions until the early hours, and when she finally escaped to bed we stayed up most of the night talking about it further. A tiny house on wheels seemed the perfect culmination of all of our dreams and ideas about life. I’d say by the time we fell asleep, we’d decided we were doing it!” And 11 months later, they’re mere weeks away from moving into their almost finished home. They’ve opted for a 8.5 ft x 20 ft layout, keeping them within the legal limits for moving on roads without permits, while still giving them enough space for themselves and future couchsurfers. …

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A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent And High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

Most grown children have heard this question from their parents at some point in their lives: “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?”

It’s a question that pushes us to think for ourselves. That question doesn’t inspire me, but this man in California does. Alek Lisefski is a web designer who decided to take everything we know about building a house and flip it on its head. Instead of going in debt for hundreds of thousands of dollars, he built his own home for the low, low price of $30,000. It’s only 8x20ft, but that’s what makes it awesome. It’s a tiny house, it’s mobile and it looks so cool I would give anything to live in it for a day. …

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Single mom build her own shipping container tiny home for $4000! This just goes to show you what’s possible when practical outweighs keeping up appearances.

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16 Year Old Builds Tiny Home to Guarantee Mortgage-Free Future

Austin Hay is still in high school, but he’s building his own house. It’s only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage at just 16 years old. Right now, it’s parked in his parents’ backyard, but he’s built it on wheels so he plans to take it to college and then wherever he goes after he graduates. …

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… This range of carefully designed micro buildings are highly sustainable, quick to erect and adaptable to many landscapes …

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In-Law Home for Sale in Palo Alto

… This modular net zero energy home was designed as a model of sustainability. …

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Modular, Prefab, and Compact Green Homes and Structures

… Prefab (factory-built) homes have many benefits. They can be built more efficiently (e.g., less material waste), more quickly, with more precision and durability (i.e., higher quality), and they typically have more predictable costs (and often cost less) than site-built homes. …

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Dream Big. Build Small.

My name is Jay Shafer and since 1997 I have been living in a house smaller than some people’s closets. I call the first of my little hand built houses Tumbleweed. My decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns I had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because I do not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space. My houses have met all of my domestic needs without demanding much in return. The simple, slower lifestyle my homes have afforded is a luxury for which I am continually grateful. …