A huge trend of tiny houses...
Tiny houses. It's a growing trend in homes, and I absolutely love this whole idea. I have been interested in small houses for many years. It is interesting how people will often gravitate to the smaller, more intimate rooms in a very large house. It is these small spaces that are more inviting, more comfortable. My thought was, "Why not make a house much smaller and full of small spaces?" Then I came across Jay Shafer. He is making small houses a reality. While I don't plan on living in a 100 square foot house as he does (or did before he got married and is expecting a child), I am not going to live in a 6,000 square foot house either. I don't think under 1,000 square feet is unreasonable by any means... in fact, it is on the border of arrogance and naiveté (Marie Antoinette-"let them eat cake"-style naiveté) to think we deserve more, especially when we take into account how the rest of the world lives.
Now don't get me wrong. If you have the money and the desire, you can go ahead and live in a 6,000 square foot home. I think it is a waste of your money. I think it is a waste of your time and energy and resources to build and maintain it. I think it will take you away from the more important things in life. But if that is what you want, then go for it. If you will be a slave to your home, either in debt or time or because you have too much stuff, then I say it is a bad decision. But please don't confuse desire with need. We do not need a large home. We may like it, but we don't need it, and just because we can doesn't mean we should. I'll get off my soapbox now. Back to the really cool tiny houses...
I’m Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book. Twelve years ago I designed and built the tiny house that would later become known as Tumbleweed. I’ve been, designing, building and inhabiting little houses ever since. I’ve built a dozen with my own hands and created designs for hundreds of other folks. My small houses and ideas for efficient living have been featured on Oprah, CNN, and in Natural Home Magazine.
I’ve shared my vision of living small by creating The Small House Book and Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Today, I lecture across the nation on small house living and design. All of my home designs are tried and true. I’ve traveled 7,000 miles across the country in one of my tiny houses. To my knowledge, no one else has been doing it longer and no one else teaches workable designs teaching people how to design and build along the way.
Viva la Tiny Revolution,
Here is a fun video where Jay Shafer takes us on a tour of his tiny home. Please note that, as he says, the homes he designs have many more amenities (like proper plumbing) than this home he is living in now.
Check out his website where there are photos and floor plans of these tiny houses. I find it very inspirational!