I have been hearing off and on about something called the tiny-house movement.
Here is one of its proponents, Jay Shafer, writing on his site: “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.” Read more.
Blogger Andrew Odom also is a fan of tiny houses. He lists several links to tiny-house enthusiasts.
“One of the things I am often talking about in regards to the tiny house community is….well, community. Through such wonderful sites such as minimotives, Tiny Tack House, The Tiny House, rowdykittens, Clothesline Tiny Homes, TINY, relaxshacks, and a host of others, I have made friends, cohorts, confidants, and supporters. This doesn’t even count the collective sites and their authors including Tiny House Blog, Tiny House Talk, and Tiny House Swoon. But I am always up for meeting more. So imagine my excitement when I was able to reconnect with Kevin of Cozy Home Plans. …” Read more.
A tiny house has a lot of appeal, but I know a pack rat like me would never manage. Would be nice to have a tiny house in the backyard, though — with nothing in it. Like living in your dollhouse.
Photograph: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company