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The Tiny Homes Movement and Alternative Living Solutions

Updated on October 9, 2013

What Is It?

The tiny homes movement, or small house movement as it is also known, is a shift in social thinking away from the complications of large home ownership and towards living simply in smaller spaces.

In the United States, the average size of a new single-family home is now 2,479 square feet, 700 feet larger than the new home average in 1978. The increase in home size is generally attributed to the increase in personal wealth and a desire for prestige that larger homes tend to give home owners.

Swimming against this cultural and architectural trend is the tiny home movement, and its origins can be found in the United States, and in particular are rooted in a book written by Sarah Susanka in 1997 called “The Not So Big House.”

As with many movements, this one was based in some part on necessity. Hurricane Katrina destroyed so many homes that it became necessary to find alternative housing solutions for the survivors. FEMA offered trailers for many, but an alternative was offered by Marianne Cusato who developed “Katrina Cottages” in 2005, all of which started at 308 square feet.

The movement gained more steam during the financial crisis of 2007-2010. Still, the small house movement only accounts for 1% of the real estate market to date.

Tumbleweed Tiny House
Tumbleweed Tiny House | Source

Advantages of Tiny Homes

The advantages should be obvious, but let me name a few:

· Cost of building: the average cost of building a tiny home is $25,000, certainly an attractive alternative to normal home-building costs.

· Cost of heating: it takes little imagination to realize that heating a 500 square foot home is not as costly as heating a 2,500 square foot home.

· Taxes: property taxes are obviously lower for a smaller home.

· Maintenance costs: again, the cost to maintain such a small home is minimal.

· Mobility: many small homes can be built on trailers and thus can be moved easily.

· A change in lifestyle: moving to a small home means ridding oneself of clutter and possessions, thus alleviating much of the stress that material ownership causes.

· Minimize footprint on Earth: less natural resources are needed to build and maintain a small home.

What do you think? Are the tiny houses for you?

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Disadvantages of Tiny Homes

Tiny homes are not for everyone. Let’s face it: this idea flies in the face of the American Dream, and is directly opposed to the concept of materialism that so dominates modern culture, especially in the United States. Possible disadvantages are:

· Lack of space: well, yes, of course! This writer has lived in a 400 square foot home and it was quite comfortable; it would have been comfortable for two as well, but it would take some getting used to for many people.

· Building codes: there are quite a few communities in the United States which will not allow a home that is less than a pre-determined number of square feet. The reason being that neighbors are concerned about property values plummeting.

· Changing lifestyles is difficult: make no mistake about it; there are many people who could not do this.

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Interior view | Source

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Jay Shafer is his name, and since 1997 he has been living in a home with 89 square feet of living space. He originally decided to leave conventional living because he was concerned about the environmental impact that a larger home would have, and also because of a need he had to simplify his life.

Since 2002 he has been the owner of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, located in Sebastopol, California. His company designs and builds small houses between 50 and 750 square feet. He is co-founder of the “Small House Society” in Iowa City, Iowa, and in 2009 he published “The Small House Book.”

Most of Mr. Shafer’s sales come from the plans that he designs. He emphasizes light, warmth, energy efficiency, and proportion in his seventeen different designs, and he says that the “simple, slower lifestyle my homes have afforded is a luxury for which I am continually grateful.”

Workshops are held year round across the country. At these workshops people learn everything they need to know about tiny houses and how to build them. Some of the upcoming 2013 workshops are:

· Seattle January 12-13

· Orlando January 26-27

· Boston February 9-10

· Santa Fe February 23-24

· Berkeley March 2-3

· Ahseville March 16-17

· Austin March 23-24

· Chicago April 6-7.

You can find a full schedule of workshops here.

A tour by a satisfied customer

The owner gives a tour

No, They Are Not for Everyone

Does it seem impossible to you? If so, it most likely will be! To join this tiny house movement is to toss aside conventional thinking. It is to say no to consumerism and possession-driven thinking. It is, in fact, a total embrace of the Living Simple lifestyle.

Imagine for a moment no mortgage. Imagine utilities costing no more than $30 per month during any season. Imagine property taxes so low as to seem insignificant. Imagine being able to hitch your home to a pickup truck and moving all of your possessions to another site.

Imagine being free of clutter and possessions and financial worry and stress.

If you can imagine those things, then check out Tumbleweed’s website here!

To borrow from Mr. Spock…..”Live small and prosper!”

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Donnah! We are seriously considering one of these in three years. We have downsized almost to the point where we could live in 400 square feet, so why not? Sell our three bedroom home and live in a space that fits us better. Like you, I would get lost in 2500 feet for sure. Thank you for the visit!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Every time I see one of these tiny homes in an article or on tv, I am intrigued. I already live in a small apartment, having downsized recently. There is something to be said about small, cozy spaces. They force us to declutter and simplify. They force us to think about what material possessions are really necessary and important. I don't even know what I would do with a house that had 2500 square feet! Great article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. We all bought into the consumerism mania; now we have to reverse it before it eats us alive. :) Thank you as always!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      In a small way, we chose this lifestyle for ourselves, meaning we bought a two bedroom apartment. I do recommend a smaller dwelling space, more efficient heating and the tax advantages of having a mortgage.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      FullOfLoveSites....no, these would not be for the claustrophobic for sure. LOL can you imagine?

      Thank you for the visit!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      If the economy is still down and if there is a situation that no one could foresee (a cyclone, for instance), I think I would live there. It's cute. If you're single especially (and not claustrophobic), this house would do for you.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Breastpumpreviews, most people couldn't do it. It is definitely a target audience of a few hundred thousand in this country....now, in foreign countries, this would be quite accepted. :)

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Christy Garrett 4 years ago from TX

      I couldn't live in a tiny house like that. But if I was in a situation and that is all I had, I would make do with what I had.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No Made, I don't see it happening for you. You have a lovely new home that you have worked hard for, and you should enjoy it for years to come. :)

      Sending hugs your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your Cousins, wouldn't that be great? I could do it, and probably will do it, in three years.

      Thanks for the visit!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Informative hub! I don't feel really comfortable living in a small house or apartment. I have done that my whole life. In summertime I could live in a small house when you can spend time outdoors, but these Finnish winters would kill me without a big, warm indoor space. Good luck to you and Bev with your future plans! :)

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I couldn't live in a Tumbleweed, but I sure wish I could. I know that it would make my life simpler, bills smaller, and entirely change my way of thinking. Imagine being able to pack up your home, drive it away and settle it somewhere else. Voted up and interesting.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome! I hope your plans come to fruition =)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I was in 450 square feet up for two years and had more room than I needed....and I love the idea of pulling your house on a trailer....how cool is that? Anyway, we are seriously thinking about doing this in three years.

      Thank you!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I've seen some articles about these tiny houses. I must admit, the idea is fairly appealing! I've spent years scaling back my possessions and I currently live in a 650 square foot apartment without any roommates. Everyone tells me that's small, but my things come nowhere close to filling it. That's fine by me - it gives the dogs plenty of space to leap and play.

      It would be so cool to build one of these Tumbleweed tiny houses and travel around the continent for a while. Forget RV's - these houses are way nicer!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, they are adorable, and they are very practical too. Thanks as always for the visit.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are adorable! I think this is great for preserving land and the environment. I could do this if I were a single person. It is too small for me to share it. (I can't deal with clutter, LOL!) Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      AnGela, then I hope your dream comes true some day....you deserve the happiness that you seek. Thank you my dear and hugs coming your way.

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      Angela Martinez 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey chief, this is so cool and beautiful :) i dream to live on one like this too or retire to a simple "farmville" type of life one day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I remember those houses from Sears....LOL....my God, I am old!

      But seriously, I could live in one of these so easily, and Bev and I are seriously considering them in three years.

      Thanks my dear friend from Upstate, New York! :)

      love,

      billy

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Seriously - This would be perfect for me. They are adorable and absolutely perfect!!!! I am serious when I say this is a great idea!

      This also had me remembering when my Dad told me that back in the 1950s you could order a house out of the Sears and Roebuck catalog!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MzChaos, bonus points for cuteness are always welcomed. :) If I do get one of these it is going to be the basic model; no frills at all. Otherwise it makes no sense to get one.

      Thank you as always my friendly stalker. :)

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      MzChaos 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      I saw these a few years back and thought they were the cutest thing. Unfortunately, they aren't really so very cheap for being all that small (Check the art deco style ones done by the guys in England). Some, in fact, can be quite pricey. Still...I would be able to live in it and if you saw where I was living at the moment...this is by far an improvement as far as the ick factor - my home looks like a disaster area due to rehab that I am beginning to think will never end.

      Fun article...it gets bonus' for cuteness factors.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Mary, and thank you! I know for a fact that I can live in one of these. :) Happy New Year!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      People waste so much money on housing. Who needs a huge house to take care of. I could certainly live in one of these.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, an imagination is a wonderful thing. LOL Thanks for another visit my friend; love to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, there is a good chance they would. LOL Thanks for the visit and Happy New Year!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, I wouldn't be able to live in a house that small. Mine is only 1,306 sq ft and sometimes I wish it were larger just to give me a soundproof escape! Suffering from claustrophbia, I woudn't survive a day in a 308 sq ft home!

      My house it small and I love it. I refer to it as my 'vast estate'. I do have an imagination (and a big back yard!)

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      John D Nathan 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      I personally wouldn't mind too much about living in a tiny house. We have pretty good weather most of the year here in Texas, so I could set up a large backyard. Of course my significant other may have an issue with it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL.thanks for your honesty, Russ, and Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angelo, it definitely makes sense. The hardest obstacle is getting over pre-conceived notions about ownership. Thank you Sir and Happy New Year to you.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I can't believe the size of some of these houses. I would have to be reborn and raised to be able to live in one of these structures. I am too dedicated to elbow room.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting information. Less square footage seems like it makes sense, especially in the near future as my retirement approaches. Living on fixed income may require a much smaller place than conventional housing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Paula! I mentioned these in another hub on alternative housing a few months back; that might have been where you saw them. Anyway, no, there is no way your husband goes for this, but Bev and I can easily do it....and we just might do it in three years.

      Happy New Year Paula; I greatly appreciate your friendship and support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, thank you! I think we are going to see more and more of these appearing since the economy does not seem to be recovering, despite the claims of politicians. Have a very Happy New Year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, I love the idea of housing homeless people...glad you liked them and Happy New Year my friend.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bil...Beating on my head, trying to recall where I first read about these homes/The Tumbleweed Co......a few months back. I absolutely LOVE the entire concept. In fact, I was so impressed at the time, I immediately did some extensive research. These have got to be the coolest creation!

      Alone, I could & would easily be a tiny-house-dweller. Not practical with 2 dogs and 2 cats....12 grandchildren...and OH, yeah, one claustrophobic husband.

      Really great hub, bil. Thanks....UP+++

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a fascinating movement. We've never lived in a large home, but I admit a home this small would be a challenge for me. An advantage I can think of is less time required to clean it. But since we frequently have guests stay in our home, that would become a thing of the past. Still, it might be a good option for some people especially a single person or those without children. Another fascinating and well-written hub. Voted up and shared!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      They are soooo cute!! Love them! I can see it being used to house some homeless people, too! What a great idea, and thank you for bringing it to our attention, Billy..... I hadn't heard of them before. Sharing and everything :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy; I love the concept and Bev and I are definitely looking at them with interest.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, the whole concept must seem strange to many out there, but then frugal living also seems strange to many. it is a viable alternative for those who have taken the frugal route to the extreme. :) Happy New Year my dear friend, and I will embrace those angels.

      bill

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I remember coming across Tumbleweed Houses on the net a while ago and was fascinated by them so this hub was a treat!!!

      Again I vote up and share all around.

      Eddy.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      My present home to me is tiny....and to many would be tiny. But does not qualify as tiny, tiny home such as these. I have had some much larger homes than the one I currently live in...not being one of independent means the largest I ever lived in was 3000 square feet and to be perfectly honest I loved it. That whole experience is a story for another day.

      I found this article quite fascinating and know some who would eagerly move in. I have seen the tiny teardrop camping trailers and have always wanted one...maybe I could manage in one of these tiny homes; no, I know I could. Things have become so unimportant to me over the years that this is definitely food for thought. Thanks for sharing all of this information...

      Happy New Year's Eve....Angels are on the way :) ps

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      KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks, Billy! I did link your hub to mine. Happy New Year to you and your family as well! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunnie, at 1400 feet I'd say you are close. :) Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Hi Billy,

      I was really looking at these at one time and found them so interesting. Since we have downsized to a 1400 sq foot house I truly love it. Its comfy and has a feeling a warmth. I love the thought of low utilities and maintenance. If someone was an outdoors person I can see where these would not be too bad. Thank you for another great hub. Happy New Year!

      Sunnie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I can see you in a home like this very easily. :) Thanks Deb and Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I got it! I'm always in a hurry when I write remarks; I do that all the time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, they are definitely not for everyone. :) Thanks for the visit and Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Vicki....you would need two of these houses just for the cats and dog. LOL There is no way you could do this, and believe me, I understand about your home being your castle. I loved the house I grew up in; I was there for 24 years and that's the last time I have felt that way about a house. Enjoy your castle; you deserve it.

      Happy New Year to you Vicki; thank you for your friendship!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now, this is truly a great plan for the conservationist. I adore this idea.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I think I meant "nester" instead of "nestler." LOL

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed this hub. While I enjoy seeing these homes I could not live in one. I need much more space. However, I can understand the appeal for some.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This would be great for my brother! He's a minimalist and likes to move around a lot. He could just take his home with him! I, on the other hand, am a nestler. My home is my castle, and I love my space. I love working on different projects and such in different rooms. I'm working on downsizing as far as things go, but I want my extra bathroom, and cooking space, and entertaining space for guests, and places for the 6 cats and dog to move around. And my garage. I love my room with the big bookshelves and cozy fireplace. I was in an 800 square foot house for 12 years and finally had to get out! I didn't like turning in a circle and seeing the whole house. LOL

      I can see this working for you and Bev if you wanted to get away and travel around. Now, that would be different. I might also feel differently at some point in my life. Would definitely have to downsize on the pets, though!

      Sorry, I was rambling. LOL. These houses ARE really cool, for the right person at the right time. I'm going to pass this along to my brother! Many votes!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream, you are very welcome, and thank you for the visit. Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PDX, that's the spirit! I especially love the ones with wheels....just pick up and live somewhere else and move your home with you. How cool is that?

      Happy New Year and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Mandy, and welcome! I have lived in such a small space and found it very liberating, but I certainly understand those who say they couldn't do it.

      Happy New Year to you, Mandy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathy and feel free to link. I'll do the same later today. I realize these aren't for everyone, but I do believe there will be an increase of them in the next few years.

      Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kris! Yes, some neighborhoods have building restrictions, or in this case building minimums....silly but understandable, if that makes sense. :)

      Happy New Year Kris!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey John, thanks for the visit. I doubt there is an office in L.A. but there are workshops yearly. Most people just use this guys plans and build the house themselves.

      Happy New Year John!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, thank you, and I agree about the storage ideas. Bigger is not necessarily better, and I think we are going to see an increase in these homes in the near future. Congress is just about guaranteeing it. :) Happy New Year to you my friend.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I've seen the idea before, but not the videos. Very interesting and cute. Like the idea for someone who can't afford much. At least it's a place to call home and all ones own. : ) Thanks for sharing it with us. Voted up and interesting.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice, Billy. I think I could totally do this. My wife and I live very simply and have no problem paring down . Every time we move we get rid of so much stuff... plus, u can always rent a storage unit :-) $30 utilities would be amazing.

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      mandypoole 4 years ago from UK

      Very interesting topic, not heard of these tiny cottages before so I enjoyed reading it. Couldn't live in one myself, I love space lol, but can appreciate its positives. Great hub

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      KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great topic! :) I'm not sure if I could live in one of these, but maybe! We downsized quite a bit when we moved across the country, and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be!

      I have a similar hub called "Tiny Houses, Could You Live In One?" Do you mind if I link your hub to mine? Voted up and more! :)

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      A very interesting concept. I've seen pictures of very tiny apartments in some of the big cities but this is the first I've read about houses. Your note about building codes is also interesting! At first glance one might assume that a small size wouldn't or shouldn't matter but I can see now where keeping up with the neighborhood might be an issue. Great hub!

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Billy, and what a great and ideal hub this is.

      I can actually do this, because I'm single now. I live in Los Angeles, haven't seen any of these around...are we exempt?

      Voted up and away

      Take care

      John

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I love this whole new (hopefully here to stay) development in housing. It meets so many needs in our modern society. I have been reading about tiny, efficient, well-organized houses for some time now. Many of the innovative storage ideas can be, and should be, incorporated into all housing. Europeans live very well and their typical house.apartment is 1/3 to 1/2 the size of our average home. Thanks for sharing this. It will be perfect for you and Bev. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, they are really remarkable and very creative in their use of space.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I have always admired small houses and these tiny ones sure look very appealing since every inch of space has been obviously utilized to its limit. Wonderful information, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rm, it's good to talk to another believer. :) They really are a very smart alternative....imagine no mortgage payment for the rest of your life! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin!

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      Rachael Cleveland 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      Love this, Bill! I've looked into the tiny house movement, and really think it's for me. I always love hearing other peoples' experiences, and yours affirmed my desire. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, a girl's gotta have room for her bloomers. LOL Thanks for the laugh!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, they are really remarkable. Obviously they aren't for everyone, but they make sense in today's economy. Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have to tell you billy I couldn't get all my bloomers in that first one up there! I do like the cottage idea though and as we get older without kids it doesn't make sense to have a big house to heat and take care of. We could throw up a tent for company. lol

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Amazing, this is a totally new concept I have been introduced to. Never heard of this before. A wise move if you do not mind the space constraint and if you are single.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary, and the same sentiment coming your way.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Wellll :). Wishing you and Bev a marvelous New Year..so happy to call you friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, they are appearing here and there, and I think Bev and I just might end up in one in three years. Thank you and Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, elderly couple???? Bev and I are seriously looking at these for 3 years from now. LOL Thanks a lot, buddy!

      Happy New Year to you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, 40 acres and a house for $600....Oklahoma is sounding pretty good to me right about now. :) If you could just do something about those tornadoes I'd be sold. :) Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I've been seeing these tiny homes in Evansville, In. so they must be catching on. They are not for me today but perhaps someday. Interesting nevertheless. Thank you Bill..

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I've always thought the "Tiny Homes" were adorable, reminded me of a dollhouse....but, when my four kids and six grandchildren come to visit it would present an immense problem!! We'd have no place to sit or eat.

      I can see this house for a single personal or an elderly couple but not for me.

      This is a great read and I have a feeling there will be those who will find it useful for sure.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      These would be great for some people! Low income home ownership. I have never really wanted a very big house. Utilities would be too high as well as having to clean it! Our house payment is less than $600. a month and we have 40 acres! Our son's house cost him $1,200. a month and he has a small yard and pays for someone to come in and clean once week. His may be bigger and "prettier", but I think mine is "cozier". Great hub! Up and interesting! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, believe me, we have given this some thought. LOL The upstairs idea would work too, but most of these places have a ladder for getting up and down, and I'm not getting any younger. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Marlene, and I know for a fact that you could do this....heck, look at what you are living in right now. You have the mindset and that's half the battle.

      I hope you are well, and thank you for the visit. Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I think you would have to sneak up on your wife with the idea. LOL And having kids would be a huge problem. However, for Bev and I, this is very doable.

      Thank you Bill and Happy New Year to you!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I really like that idea better of putting two of them together with a covered walkway, maybe a walkway that is enclosed. One could be sleeping area and the other the kitchen/dining/living/office area. That way there are no steps to walk up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Phoenix; I don't think they actually open branches of the company. Most people just order the plans and then build the house themselves. I think that's the route we will go in three years.

      Thank you my friend and Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patch, I love them, and Bev and I would have no trouble at all living in one of them.....750 square feet is perfect quite frankly.

      Have a great weekend my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Pearl! Good to see you! You would need five of these just for your husband. LOL Oh well, they aren't for everyone. Thanks for the visit; drop by any old time. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, Bev and I have actually talked about making alterations like the one you mentioned....or putting two of them together connected by a covered walkway....it's doable for sure.

      Thank you and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I'm not sure when I became aware of this movement....about two years ago maybe when I saw something on Yahoo about it. I'm telling you, if I had one of these on ten acres I would be in heaven.

      Thank you Kindred; have a great evening!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Carter, good to see you! It will be interesting to see how far this movement goes....I know we are seriously considering it in three years. Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I could totally do this! The idea of living with as little as possible intrigues me to no end. I embrace the minimal lifestyle with gusto and see the tiny house as a wonderful place to live. When I think about how my husband and I mainly associate in the living room and kitchen for most of the day, living in a tiny house is completely doable.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting concept Bill. It would certainly solve the clutter issue. Having kids might make this more challenging. I have seen these homes but to be honest have never thought about living in one. I'm not sure about 89 sq feet but I can envision maybe 500 sf being doable. Not sure my better half wold agree but stranger things have happened.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      The house we live in here in the UK isn't much bigger than one of these and my husband and I have managed to raise three kids and live quite comfortably. We've never felt deprived.

      I think living in one of these tiny homes would be ideal for me and my husband one day. Are they going to open a UK branch anytime soon?

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      I discovered Tumbleweed Homes a few years ago when I was considering my housing possibilities. I have since purchased a home but I have not given up the notion of owning one of these little beauties.