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Tiny House Movement Growing

Down-Sizing America

As a result of the bursting of the housing bubble, subprime mortgage crisis, world recession and growing concern about our national and personal debts, America is downsizing its houses, cars and lifestyles.

The article linked below in this morning's Detroit Free Press documents that the market for tiny houses is thriving amidst the current real estate market shambles.

"It's very un-American in the sense that living small means consuming less," said Jay Shafer, 46, cofounder of the Small House Society, sitting on the porch of his wooden cabin in Graton, Calif. "Living in a small house like this really entails knowing what you need to be happy and getting rid of everything else."

A tiny house on a nice lot may have greater appeal to many than manufactured house trailers or double wides located in trailer parks.

While they're at it, Americans need to downsize themselves. I read recently that the U.S.A. ranks number one in obesity, ahead of Mexico and Argentina. Tiny houses can help if the owners use the extra space in their yards to grow their own healthful food.

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First Looks Can be Deceiving

"Wanted: A Very Small Lot for an Itty-Bitty House"

Tiny Hotels Catching on in Oregon

  • 7 tiny home hotels for test driving micro living - Curbed
    Whether you’re looking to downsize or just take a unique vacation, finding a 400-square-foot or less micro house to try out can been difficult. We've rounded up 7 tiny home hotels so you can see if tiny living is right for you.
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5-19-16 Tiny House Project in Detroit

4-12-16NYTimes "Tiny House Takes Shape in Brooklyn"

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    "For the last year, Ms. Mercer, 30, has been building a 160-square-foot house in a cavernous warehouse in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Ms. Mercer works at Birchbox, a start-up in Manhattan that sends people personalized beauty samples, and after work a..

This House Costs Just $20,000 But It's Nicer Than Yours

Megamansions Springing Up in Los Angeles

Megamansions Springing Up in Los Angeles

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"Can Oregon's tiny houses be part of the solution to homelessness?

12-6-14NYTimes--Battle of Megamansions

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    "Why are people building houses the size of shopping malls? Because they can. “Why do you see a yacht 500 feet long when you could easily have the same fun in one half the size?” asked Jeffrey Hyland..."

Bloomberg News 7-9-14 Tiny Houses Big With Owners Seeking Economic Freedom

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Square Feet: 84. Possessions: 305

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    "From time to time, Dee Williams does a possession count. The last tally was 305. It included all of her worldly belongings, from her bedroom suite (a mattress and a quilt) to her home entertainment equipment (a laptop) to her jewelry collection..."
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2-20-14NYTimes "Small World, Big Idea" by Michael Tortorello

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    "This scale bothered Mr. Johnson not at all, and, he listed a few favorite design features. “A roof,” he said. “Heat.” A flush toilet! The tents where he had lived for most of the last 7 years hadn’t provided any of provided any of those things."

7-18-13NYTimes "Renzo Piano's Dream of a Tiny House"

Renzo Piano's Dream House

Renzo Piano's Dream House

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6-3-13NYTimes--The Return of McMansions

  • The Return of McMansions - NYTimes.com
    Construction of new homes plummeted during the housing bust. But where there has been building of single-family homes in recent years, the homes have been getting bigger.

10-4-12NYTimes--One Shed Fits All: A Modernist Dogtrot

11-29-12NYTimes "Cutting Living Space in Raleigh, NC"

Determined to have a house without wasted space, a Raleigh, N.C., family traded their 3,200-square-foot place for a 1,200-square-foot ranch house.  More Photos »

Determined to have a house without wasted space, a Raleigh, N.C., family traded their 3,200-square-foot place for a 1,200-square-foot ranch house. More Photos »

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6-6-12NYTimes--Japan's Capsule Hotels Come to New York City

A 100 sq. ft. room in the new Pod 39 Hotel on East 39th Street in Murray Hill. Similar accommodations are around $200 a night.

A 100 sq. ft. room in the new Pod 39 Hotel on East 39th Street in Murray Hill. Similar accommodations are around $200 a night.

1-20-12DeedsDesign.com "Simple Life in a 12x12 House in Northern California"

1-11-11Berkeleyside--A City Looks For Big Solutions in Little Houses

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Tiny House Blogs--Dwell

  • Tiny House Blogs in Dwell
    Living small is the new way to live bigwhether within a tighter, more creatively written budget or physically in fewer square feet. In her new book Tiny Houses, Loud Paper Magazine founder and frequent Dwell contributor Mimi Zeiger compiled....

No Roof Network--slot houses

  • noroof architects Slot House
    The first move was to cut a slot to allow the tree to be seen from inside. This revealed a cedar frame infilled with handmade brick underneath the sheetrock and vinyl siding. The slot became the spatial idea of the house, and is repeated to extend...

2-24-11NYT--The $200 Microhouse

  • The $200 Microhouse in Stoughton, Massachusetts
    For ingenuity, thrift and charm, Mr. Diedricksens tiny structures are hard to beat. Made of scavenged materials, they cost on average less than $200 to build. They often have transparent roofing, which allows a fine view of the treetops, particularl
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Small Studio in Berkeley by DeedsDesign.com

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Flowers and Vegetables in a Michigan Garden deedsphotos

How to Improve Motor Vehicle Fuel Economy and Reduce Emissions

Tiny Houses on Pinterest

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    Down-Sizing America As a result of the bursting of the housing bubble, sub-prime mortgage crisis, world recession and growing concern about our national and per | See more about sidings, studios and tiny houses.

A Tiny Car to Match Your Tiny House

Chevy Spark

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Tiny Houses Hub

  • Tiny Houses - Part 5 of Fantasy Homes series
    Im still doing research on possible Fantasy Homes I would love to live in, given the money and place to build them. You may have heard about the new trend toward tiny houses which use very...

Tiny Houses: The New Trend in Housing

  • Tiny Houses: The New Trend in Housing
    With rising energy costs, the mortgage crisis, and economic uncertainty, tiny houses are becoming more and more popular. Are you tired of working your finger to the bone to pay for a house you'll be lucky to...

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Website

  • Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
    Tiny Houses from 65 to 837 square feet. Buy house plans and build it yourself, or buy ready made houses delivered to you. Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed Houses set the standard for small house living.

Queen of Versailles Film Review

  • "The Queen of Versailles" Movie Review
    Queen of Versailles is a fascinating contemporary Magnificent Ambersons documentary about the rise and fall of Jackie and David Siegel and their seven children, two dogs, sixteen servants, their 26,000 square foot home in Orlando and their unfinished

Comments

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on November 16, 2015:

Thanks for your comment. (The weather in Michigan is perfect today!)

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on November 15, 2015:

Hi Ralph, I like these tiny houses and it makes a lot of sense in these uncertain economic times. I went from big 3 level house to a 1100 sf. house I love it and I can be free of a mortgage. I use to live in Michigan, it was just too cold. great hub, stella

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on April 04, 2015:

Can Oregon's tiny houses be part of the solution to homelessness?

Since 1950, the American family home has become two and a half times larger, even as fewer people on average are living in them. Is it time to downsize?

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on July 10, 2014:

Bloomberg News 7-9-14 Tiny Houses Big With Owners Seeking Economic Freedom

Tiny Houses Big With U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom - Bloomberg

Dramatic downsizing is gaining interest among Americans, gauging by increased sales of plans and ready-made homes and growing audiences for websites related to the niche. A+E Networks Corp. will air, beginning today, “Tiny House Nation” a series on FYI that “celebrates the exploding movement.”

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on July 05, 2014:

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Living Large in 150 Square Feet: Why the Tiny House Movement Is Taking Off Alternet

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on April 26, 2014:

Square Feet: 84. Possessions: 305

Log In - The New York Times

"From time to time, Dee Williams does a possession count. The last tally was 305. It included all of her worldly belongings, from her bedroom suite (a mattress and a quilt) to her home entertainment equipment (a laptop) to her jewelry collection..."

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on July 18, 2013:

7-18-13NYTimes "Renzo Piano's Dream of a Tiny House"

Renzo Piano’s Dream of a Tiny House - NYTimes.com

The architect unveils a prototype house for Vitra. "When I was a student I dreamed of making a house 7 ft x 7 ft, as a dream of freedom, of self-moderation."

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on June 05, 2013:

6-3-13NYTimes--The Return of McMansions

The Return of McMansions - NYTimes.com

Construction of new homes plummeted during the housing bust. But where there has been building of single-family homes in recent years, the homes have been getting bigger.

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on October 04, 2012:

10-4-12NYTimes--One Shed Fits All: A Modernist Dogtrot

One Shed Fits All - A Modernist Dogtrot Reborn - NYTimes.com

An architect lets go, and an elegant little house gets a second chance.

Wizard Of Whimsy from The Sapphire City on June 06, 2012:

Thought this image might be of interest . . .

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Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on June 06, 2012:

6-6-12NYTimes--Japan's Capsule Hotels Come to New York City

Tiny but Luxurious Hotel Rooms Spring Up in New York - NYTimes.com

Pod Hotel and Yotel bring offshoots of the Japanese “capsule” hotel to New York, while citizenM makes plans to compete.

d.william from Somewhere in the south on February 12, 2012:

I loved this hub. I just bookmarked it so i can explore more when i have a little more time. Excellent idea. Thank you so much for sharing this.

RVDaniels from Athens, GA on December 07, 2011:

This is so cool. I've always wanted to live in a gypsy caravan or something similar. Good hub, friend and I want that little blue car!

RunAbstract from USA on June 25, 2011:

Great design! I will check her out!

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on June 24, 2011:

Thanks. The first seven pictures are of a small architecture studio designed and built by my daughter and fellow hubber, Sarah Deeds of DeedsDesign.com

RunAbstract from USA on June 24, 2011:

As a tiny house dweller I appreciate the fact that more and more people are choosing this kind of housing. It's cozy, affordable, and a challenge!

Great article with good links! Voted up!

Ralph Deeds (author) from Birmingham, Michigan on February 24, 2011:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/garden/24tiny.ht...

A HOUSE tour is the highlight of a visit with a proud homeowner, but when one drops in to see Derek Diedricksen, who makes playful micro-shelters out of junk, it is less so. Possibly because the temperature up here on a cold winter day is less so, possibly because his square footage is less so.

At about 24 square feet, the Gypsy Junker, made primarily out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and a neighbor’s discarded kitchen cabinets, is the largest of Mr. Diedricksen’s backyard structures. The Hickshaw, a sleeper built on a rolling cedar lounge chair (or as Mr. Diedricksen calls it, “a rickshaw for hicks”), is considerably smaller, at 2 1/2 feet wide by 6 1/2 feet deep. The Boxy Lady, two cubes on a long pallet, is the smallest: 4 feet tall at its highest point.

For ingenuity, thrift and charm, Mr. Diedricksen’s tiny structures are hard to beat. Made of scavenged materials, they cost on average less than $200 to build. They often have transparent roofing, which allows a fine view of the treetops, particularly in the smallest ones, where the most comfortable position is supine. They have loads of imaginative and decorative details: a porthole-like window salvaged from a front-loading washing machine, a flip-down metal counter taken from the same deceased washer. Mr. Diedricksen hates to throw anything away.