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Tiny Houses Have A Big Impact

Jay Shafer and his tiny house

Jay Shafer and his tiny house

It started in 1997 in Iowa City when Jay Shafer built his first tiny house. An artist and designer with an interest in sustainable architecture, he figured he could design a comfortable living space for himself in an area about the size of some people's closets. At just 89 square feet, Jay's house was too small to be allowed on a city lot, so he put it on wheels and named it " Tumbleweed" and figured he could park it on a lot somewhere in town.

But you know how it goes-- The city fathers said the wheels made it a trailer and sorry, no trailers allowed within the city limits. So, at a time when builders were thinking about 4000 square ft. meadow mansions and buyers were slavering over granite counters and great rooms, Jay Shafer bought a house with a big back yard in Iowa City just so he could park his "Tumbleweed" house there and live in it.The main house? well, he rented it out for income and thus Jay found his life's work and the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company was born.

Today, from his headquarters in Sebastapol California, Jay offers a variety of designs for living in spaces between 65 and 875 square feet. He'll sell you the plans or build the house for you-- or he'll custom design something and you can hire a local builder or build it yourself. More and more tiny houses dot the American landscape-these days. There are more being erected in other parts of the world too.They come in a variety of sizes. Some are on wheels and can be moved from place to place. Others are set on a fixed foundation. Some are deep in the woods. Others are part of "pocket neighborhoods" springing up on empty urban lots. Tiny houses are also used as guest houses, offices, studios, and workshops on larger properties. They make great vacation homes. They are perfect too for co-housing groups such as seniors or artists and writers who want to live together but have their independence and their own private spaces. No matter what they are used for, tiny houses are cheaper to buy and maintain than ordinary dwellings and create a much smaller carbon footprint for their owners. No wonder they are growing in popularity.

Virtual Tour of the Original Tiny House

The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is definitely taking off bigtime in the wake of the economic downturn and the upturn in environmental awareness. And make no mistake. It is definitely a movement. In 2002 Jay Shafer and three friends started the Small House Society whose mission is: " to support the research, development, and use of smaller living spaces that foster sustainable living for individuals, families, and communities worldwide." In the seven years of its existence it has garnered an enthusiastic worldwide membership and become an important voice for environmentally responsible small house living across the globe.

The society maintains a website of small house resources, and its active and ever growing membership provides networking and help for those who own tiny houses or want to. The society is on Facebook and maintains a Yahoo group as well. There are even a number of tiny house bloggers who outline the details and various aspects of tiny house living with great style and panache.

Tiny House Blogs and Info

Rowdykittens is written by Tammy, a sprightly advocate of tiny homes and simple living. She writes about both with wit and charm.

The Tiny House Blog is a wonderful compendium of information for anyone considering this lifestyle. It examines all the options, contains tons of wonderful photos and is very well done. Check out their Facebook page too.

Tiny House Design is full of kits, plans, design tips and much more. It is a terrific design resource. The latest post features the details of building a passive solar tiny house. What more could anyone want?

The Small Living Journal is an e-zine that is just starting up. It's being done by writers and bloggers who are also tiny house owners and from the introductory issue it looks like a must read for anyone interested in the subject.

Check out Tiny Homes. The Anti-McMansion -- a Fellow Hubber's excellent assessment of the advantages of tiny houses and what that means for the future

There is much more out there, including meet-ups, presentations, conventions,and the like.There are forums and discussions and much much more. Once you start exploring the web resources on tiny houses and tiny living, the enthusiasm gets to you. It is palpable. I keep thinking that this is just the beginning and I also think it is a very good and healthy idea.

The Future of Tiny Houses

The future looks bright for tiny houses. In the wake of the global financial meltdown and the collapse of the housing market, many people are re-thinking their priorities. As well they should. The American suburban lifestyle with cathedral ceilinged, multi-bathroomed, MacMansions on every cul-de-sac and three SUV's in the garage is unsustainable in today's world. You can practically hear consumer's wallets snapping shut as they search for a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle.Tiny houses are cheap to build, cheap to heat, and a snap to clean and maintain.  Why buy a big house with a big mortgage and then work 30 years to pay it off? Why not go for a house you can build yourself in a couple of weeks and pay for with the eqivalent of a car loan?

The movement Jay Shaffer started in 1997 has grown exponentially. More and more builders are offering small and tiny houses as an option for customers. There's even a tiny house company in Texas. After hurricaine Katrina, some enterprising folks from New Orleans got in on the act and now build and sell their own version of tiny houses. Mark my words-- one of these days these mini mansions are going to have great re-sale value. Downsizing never looked so good.


Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 29, 2018:

There is a love to love about tiny homes. We have been looking into getting one as a vacation home. Less work, less expense, more leisure time. Gotta love it.

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Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 04, 2016:

I totally agree, Jean, Tiny Houses are a great way to live the good life-- who needs mor ? and thank you for taking the time to read and comment here.

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 03, 2016:

I saw my first tiny house on a blog called I get disgusted with people who think they need 5BR's and a 5,000 sq. ft. house to raise two children, so really liked the idea. It doesn't waste a lot of land, and some of them are very creative. There seem to be so many options.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 15, 2013:

Thanks PegCole17... and aren't tiny houses just perfect for military brats like us who are used to pulling up stakes and moving around and who get wanderlust very easily? I love them

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2013:

These tiny houses are so practical and economical. They sound like the perfect solution to smaller mortgages, easier maintenance and more time for enjoying the important things. I'll be sharing this on fB since my nieces and nephews are in the market for their first homes.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 10, 2013:

Thanks relawshe for that great comment. I love finding other tiny home afficionados. I've been fascinated by them for years too. I say go for it and I'm definitely coming over to read your hub on tiny homes. Thanks for stopping by.

Rachel L from Seattle, WA on May 10, 2013:

Great informative article about tiny homes! I have written a hub about tiny homes too, and I'm fascinated by them! My husband and I think it would be neat to live on one to ease financial strains, but we also want to adopt children someday in a few years, and adoption agencies may look at that lifestyle as too "temporary" or "weird". I think a tiny home could fit 2 adults and a crib, but it'd be crowded for sure! Again, this is a great hub you have here about tiny homes! Keep up the good work!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on July 23, 2012:

glad you liked it, housewife and thanks for the great comment-- much appreciated :-)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 21, 2012:

Hi Robie! Very cool! I do love these style of homes and maybe when I retire I will go for it. For now I have a zoo and 2 children still at home. I could do without the space but where would I put the kids? haha!

I think you did an awesome job with the hub too. Interesting, fun and a great example of how someone can live a cool dream.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 27, 2012:

Thank you wwolf for reading and leaving such a nice comment. Delighted you stopped by and hope you will come back often:-)

wwolfs on May 27, 2012:

The tiny house is adorable and looks cozy. It may not be for everyone or the larger family, but I would think you could build a little larger if you needed to.

This tiny house movement is definitely going to bring less stress and a new freedom to many. From what I've read most people use about 20 percent of their home so that really is a lot of wasted space. I know I never use but a small area.

A nice hub and very interesting. I didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 10, 2012:

Alex-- thank you for sharing and leaving such a nice commment. We are totally on the same page about the tiny house movement.

alexpino from Florida, USA on April 10, 2012:

Great hub on tiny houses thanks for sharing. I believe small spaces will have a big future as technology, inflation, and the environment continue to encourage it.

Olde Cashmere on April 05, 2012:

A lot can be learned from this hub. I share Jay's views on sustainable living as it's becoming more and more important to implement due to the planets growing population. What's the point in having a massive house? I'd rather have a nice cozy one like these, and the fact there are so many models to choose from, it's win win. Thanks for sharing, voted up and awesome (:

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on January 13, 2012:

Thanks John-- glad you liked the hub-- yours is terrific too. Great minds and all that dontchaknow. Thanks for stopping by :-)

John J Gulley from Wisconsin on January 13, 2012:

Robie2, you hub's great! Chock full of useful info for folks looking to downsize but not necessarily giving up all the comforts of home

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on December 05, 2010:

Thanks Ralph-- good to see you too although I dunno about that avatar LOL

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on December 05, 2010:

I just caught up to this one, Robie. Nice job!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 31, 2010:

Hi Romper-- yup it can work :-) thanks for reading and commenting--much appreciated

romper20 from California on May 31, 2010:

wow interesting! See its almost practical if you think about it though :)


Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 24, 2010:

Hi Rose-- not surprised at what you say about Jay. He seems to be the kind of guy who thinks outside the box :-)

Rose Kolowinski on May 23, 2010:

Great tribute to tiny houses! I'm from Iowa and I remember all the trouble Jay Shafer had with the city, but he circumvented the rules very nicely!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on October 31, 2009:

you gotta stop swinging those cat compu-smart-- oops forgot you are a cat-- or at least your avatar is

Tony Sky from London UK on October 31, 2009:

Hi robie2;)

cute but not very useful! I like to have enough room to swing a cat!........Not literally!! lol

Tony McGregor from South Africa on July 15, 2009:

A wonderful idea! I have to confess this is the first time I have heard of this and I'm impressed. Makes such a lot of sense.

Love and peace


Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on July 06, 2009:

what a great idea!!! and a great promotion for the manufacturer IMHO

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 06, 2009:

Yes they do. Makes me wish we could have playhouses like that esp for our toddlers. LOL

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on July 05, 2009:

sounds very sensible, ripplemaker-- yes they do look like playhouses, don't they. LOL

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 04, 2009:

I feel it's like a playhouse for kids. LOL So cute! In the Philippines, there are housing projects of tiny houses for folks who want to rent and own. It's more affordable this way. :-)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on June 18, 2009:

LOL well they come bigger i think-- up to 500 sq. ft. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion:-)

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on June 18, 2009:

Just a shade too small. I would suffocate! But is soooo cute!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on June 17, 2009:

You mirror my feelings exactly Iphigenia-- good to see you and thanks for commenting.

Iphigenia on June 17, 2009:

I love this hub and I love the concept of small houses - i currently live in a 29 square metre appartment - (9 of those square metres are terrace) - and I love it. For me it keeps things rel - and I've never hung onto possessions so I don't need the space. The only drawback is how to accommodate guests ....

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 15, 2009:

Thanks OptimisticOnly, for sharing that great personal story. More power to you. Lots of people are doing what you are talking about. There is lots of info on the internet. Explore some of the links in the hub and you'll see. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

OptimistsOnly from Christchruch, New Zealand on May 14, 2009:

This is rather parallel to my life. I recently downsized big time to fulfill my dream of living at the beach. I now have a room mate which is something I thought I would never do at the age of 39. You know what...getting rid of all that "stuff" feels great. I have what I need and I am HAPPY! Me and my friends talk about having "tiny houses" on a large piece of land creating a community that is close but spread out. Thanks for the great hub!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 09, 2009:

I love the sound of them too, cashmere. Thanks for stopping by:-)

cashmere from India on May 09, 2009:

Just how much space does one man need. This is the ideal example of how wasteful we can get even with something as trivial as space. Love the sound of these tiny houses. More power to them.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on May 07, 2009:

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie, and for the great blog you do. I really enjoy it --hooray for you and for tiny houses:-)

Stephanie Reiley on May 07, 2009:

Hi there! Just wanted to say thank you so much for the mention. It's great to see the growing interest in smaller homes.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 17, 2009:

Hi desert blondie--nice to see you. It's been awhile. I'm downsized too and really like having less space to clean and pay for:-) the tiny house thing is sooooo appealing in so many ways.

desert blondie from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen on April 17, 2009:

Hubby and I downsized from a 3500 sf free standing house to a 1900 sf condo with two common walls! And it's perfect! Plus a daughter's now in a 400 sf apt. in Boston and it's also 'perfect'! Loved the column...and thanks for listing the blogs and ezines about small house living. Hubby and I even talk about how we could go even smaller with much less angst than we had with this first downsize!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 14, 2009:

LOL I( could use one to practice being tidy in too-- I just love that image. Always a pleasure to see you 2patricias:-)

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on April 14, 2009:

Cool! I love the tour of Jake's Tiny House. I think that I am too messy to live in a tiny house. The other Patricia works at home (with a Pilates Reformer) - so between us there is not much hope. But I could have one in my garden - it would look cute. And maybe I could use it to practice being tidy. Or put guests (or should that be guest singlar) in it.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 12, 2009:

HIi Reuvera-- I'm glad you found your way here however and thanks for sharing your personal experience with small living spaces. Glad you find this hub useful

ReuVera from USA on April 11, 2009:

I came to this hub using Dorsi's link and I am very glad I did. I love small places. In Israel we lived (three of us, not counting the dog) in a 452 sq.f. apartment and there was enough room for everyone, and no ground for collecting junk. In WI we live in a comparatively large house (1150 sq.f) but it is easier to clean it than my former apartment (difference is in the nature outside- here it is trees and grass, in Israel- sand of a Mediterranean beach).

Thank you for great information, I'm going to consider it seriously for future options

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 11, 2009:

Thanks Dorsi-- love your site BTW--very nice:-)

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on April 11, 2009:

Your article is linked to my latest post on page 1- this is just so interesting and I'm so glad this concept is gaining ground!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 10, 2009:

Dorsi-- so glad you liked this and of course, I'd be honored to be linked to your site--thanks. I think whatever the future holds, the day of the McMansion is over--thank God:-)

Bob-- I know that if you get a tiny house it will have a big, beautiful garden:-) Thanks for your input.

Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on April 10, 2009:

I have been thinking about a tiny house for sometime now, good hub, helped me take another look.

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on April 10, 2009:

Wonderful hub Robie. I'd like to link this to as a resource for green builders. I think this is the wave of the future, for sure.

Way thumbs up!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 10, 2009:

Hi Ashley, Rochelle and CW--thanks for stopping by and commenting-- and CW good luck with getting a tiny house of your own:-)

Rochelle-- not quite sure what that was all about LOL

Constant Walker from Springfield, Oregon on April 10, 2009:

Robie, I LOVE these bitchin' little places!  My dream home/apt. has always been a loft - or something like that.  My last place (pre-injuries) was half of a converted basement (which I searched long and hard for), my 'subterranian loft' - as I called it, and I really liked it.  Just one big room with everything there, all contained in one living space.  The small bathroom even had a urinal!

The last actual apartment I had was set up the same way:  the bedroom was only used for storage and to hang my clothes.  I lived and slept (futon) in the living room and kitchen.

I've been looking around the Tumbleweed site and have already picked out a place: the Loring ... subject to change.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 10, 2009:

I guess he changed his opinion, or his translator software.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 10, 2009:

Thanks Paul:-)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 10, 2009:

Hello Lisa and Rik-- Tiny houses are appealing, aren't they? I see a business for someone as a rental agent for them. I too would want to rent before buying or just use one as a vacation home or something..... but it is quite a growing movement and there wiol be more and more tiny houses around in the future.

caesar 56 from US on April 10, 2009:

Great article with lots of helpful info.

Rik Ravado from England on April 10, 2009:

Not heard of Tiny House movement before - very interesting - would be good to try one out and experiment with a decluttered lifestyle - Great Hub!

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on April 09, 2009:

That tiny house is so adorable it kind of makes me want to move out of my regular size house and live in one of those - just because it's cute. :)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 09, 2009:

Love your honesty DarleneMarie-- and your sense of humor:-) I also love your HP profile and am your newest fan.

DarleneMarie from USA on April 09, 2009:

Love your Hub Robie!  I could see myself living alone there; however, I don't know if I could be that close to my husband on a full-time basis.  One of us would definitely kill the other!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 09, 2009:

The true minimalist hits the nail on the head-- well said, Journey* Thanks for the comment:-)

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on April 09, 2009:

This is amazing, Really for the true minimalist. I enjoyed the video tour of Jay's house. He has a lot more stuff than I expected to see (books, dishes, etc) and everything has its place. It is an interesting way to live. -Journey*

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 08, 2009:

Well thanks, mwp44-- I'm glad you had an enjoyable read and i absolutely agree that tiny houses are not for everyone--but they are an interesting new wrinkle in the houseing market for sure. Thanks for stopping by:-)

mwp44 from Just south of Frostproof, Florida on April 08, 2009:

I'm not crazy about little houses but you have a great HubPage and I applaude you and your work.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 08, 2009:

Hi Laringo-- I agree and also think they make sense for some couples and for co-housing groups. Not only easier and cheaper but much less impact on the environment which is the factor that is getting a lot of notice these days. Thanks for reading and commenting:-)

laringo from From Berkeley, California. on April 08, 2009:

I think the tiny houses are a good alternative for someone living alone and doesn't need a lot of room. Quite economical I may add. Great Hub.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 07, 2009:

Hi William-- well you could hire a maid to clean your tiny house too and tiny houses are much cuter than motel rooms IMHO:-) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on April 07, 2009:

A tiny house in my dream house, robie2. I lived in a "small" house, only 730 square feet of living space -- and that was much too big for me, although all the rooms were small. I always wanted to live in a motel room, but it never occurred to me that a tiny house was possible. Of course, a motel room comes with maid service. What a great idea! And a great hub, too.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 07, 2009:

Hi Hawkesdream.... it is an interesting concept isn't it and one that is really gaining traction -- I think it's an idea whose time has come:-)

Al Hawkes from Cornwall on April 07, 2009:

What can I say that hasn't already been said, just that I think the concept is a good idea. After all how much of the space we have do we actually use? Great for reducing outgoings too.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 07, 2009:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mr. Nice

Mr Nice from North America on April 07, 2009:

Hi robie2! Great idea & cute little house, you can call sweet home. If it were I, I would have made a living, dining & kitchen on the ground floor & a nice bedroom on the first floor. That way you don't have to sleep in the attic.

However, you can use the attic as a storage room. Someone else made a dome house I don’t remember where. That house looked great too because I saw the actual plan. Thanks for sharing the information about this cute tiny house.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 06, 2009:

Hello Barranca, nice to see you and thanks for sharing yur personal downsizing experience. Small really is beautiful isn't it?

barranca on April 06, 2009:

Like the hub. I now live in a 940 sq. ft house and feel quite comfortable. My wife and I are empty nesters however. At one point we lived in a 3000 sq ft house, rarely used the third floor or much of the second floor. We rattled around in it. It was hard to keep clean and the heating bills were horrendous. Small is definitely beautiful at this point.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 06, 2009:

Thanks pk-- the Tiny Houses are having a bigger and bigger impact all the time. I think it's a good trend:-)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 06, 2009:

True enough, reason why we Americans should scale back a bit:-)

Melody Lagrimas from Philippines on April 05, 2009:

Tiny houses would be novel in many countries, but they are common in under-privileged ones. great hub and nice photos, thanks.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 05, 2009:

Yash24-- I'm so glad you like the tiny house idea. I had never thought of it but you are right-- they are the bonzai of houses--very nice analigy:-)

New Day--hope your parents like the idea--just perfect for empty nesters don't you think? And there is a whole community of people who are doing it to get involverd with too which is another plus for retired folks. Thanks for reading and commenting.

New Day from Western United States on April 05, 2009:

Hi Robie2, I am going through Top Hubs this morning and thrilled to find this article. Tiny houses! I scratch my head at my parents' lifestyle - they are still in a 3800 square foot house. Why not a condo? Why not a tiny house? Then my mom complains about the cost of her heating bills. I'm going to forward your hub to her.

yash24 from india on April 05, 2009:

A wonderful hub. I have seen and heard about bonzai, it take lots of time to grow it, atlist about 10 years or aboue. But your Tiny House is a wonderful idea. It will save money, space and time too. And also its maintenens will be vary low. A happy couple will be vary happy to have it. It also can be use as a weekend joy.

thank you.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 04, 2009:

Hello jennifer-- yes I think 6 people is too many for a tiny house LOL They are being used by "co-housing" groups who want to live together though--like a writers colony or a group of retired seniors so your two two and two idea is a good one I guess.

I like the no mortgage part too. Thanks for reading and commenting:-)

Jennifer Bhala from Upstate New York on April 04, 2009:

Love the idea, except we had four kids. 6 people might be a bit cramped in one. Maybe we would need three, two of us in each.

Definitely agree with no mortgage or debt and being in nature instead of in front of a tv

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 04, 2009:

Glad you liked it, JPSO138-- thanks for stopping by:-)

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on April 04, 2009:

Very nice hub. I really enjoyed it.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 04, 2009:

Hi RE-UK-- your points are well taken and I'll try to address them. Really tiny houses are under 500 sq.ft. and probably are not enough space for a family with several children. There is a second category of "small houses" which includes dwellings up to 850 sq. ft. which maximize use of space and are built to the greenest of environmental standards. Some of these might suit young families who want to lower their carbon footprint and live more simply.

As for "trying out" tiny or small hoouses, I think some of them can be rented which would be a good way to get a feel for the lifestyle. I would suggest checking some of the tiny house websites and Craigs list for rental possibilities. I'm not sure if the tiny house movement has gotten to the UK yet or not-- I think the website of the Small House Society could be helpful on that one. In any case, thank you for such a thoughtful and good comment.

realestateuk from United Kingdom on April 04, 2009:

Intriguing hub you have here. It seems aimed at people wanting to downsize their living arrangements, or go for simple lives under economical living conditions. Hence, the small house movements featured. This got me thinking, though. What about families who'd like to try out these small houses? Any tips for them, or are these small houses for single people only?

Although the videos embedded here seem to suggest some disdain towards debt, would it be too much to think that some affordable real estate for families could be possible, that's also environmentally sound and 'downsized'?

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 04, 2009:

It's all relative, Funride :-) Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you.

Ricardo Nunes from Portugal on April 04, 2009:

WOW, and I thought my 1076ft² house was small... now thanks to you I feel like I live in a mansion LOL.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 03, 2009:

Hi earnestshub. Absolutly a great option for empty nesters IMHO, especially with the really nice supportive community of tiny house people to network with. Good luckl with yours and thanks for the comment.

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on April 03, 2009:

Another great hub robie2. These tiny dwellings are a great idea for retired people who often no longer need a full size house. I am going to build one for myself in a few years time when I no longer need the extra room.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 03, 2009:

Hi again Elena I'm getting comments all out of sequence here--sorry-- I took your real me on week-ends idea seriously so here I am just for today.  I think I will turn back into my avatar tomorrow though--not gonna wait for the full moon that's for sure-- thanks for the enthusiastic response LOL

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 03, 2009:

Hi ST-- yes I know that town-- it's where I70 crosses the PA turnpike and it is a traffic nightmare, though the turnpike is beautiful there in the mountains. I hope your wee house avoids the semis and lives on in peace. Good to see you and thanks for the read and comment not to mention the thumb:-)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on April 03, 2009:

I had no idea that "tiny houses" was a movement.  In fact, when I saw the title of your new (and oh-so-long-awaited-for) Hub, I thought you were going to talk about your house. :)

Thank God there are plenty of places in the country where you can put up a tiny house or roll it in onto your property, without a bundle of laws to the contrary.  One of my very special places on the earth exists about midway between the town of 1,000 motels and Bedford Springs, along the PA turnpike.  There, off the beaten path, is a tiny house, in the crook of a road.  It is just begging to be hit by a semi, but, thankfully, there is no such traffic on this quiet country road.  This house looks amazingly like Jay's, but without the do-dads that make it cute.

It exists in peace, as does its occupant, until developers turn the cow country into shopping malls.

Oh, thumbs up, did I say?

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 03, 2009:

Omygosh, Raven King-- how could I have missed you and your great comment.  Thanks so much for stopping by. I think tiny houses are just great and BTW they really are trailers not mobile homes.  They can be hauled behind a car or pick-up with a trailer hitch..the ones that have wheels of course. The larger ones tend to need a fixed foundation. But you are right about the prejudice about mobile homes--many of which are much larger and more comfortable than any tiny house.  Good to see you:-)

Elena. from Madrid on April 03, 2009:

Woooohoooo robie!!! Your new avatar and YOU are WONDERFUL!!!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 03, 2009:

LOL-- thanks Elena-- I wish you a great big house and a big domestic staff to clean and maintain it for you-- it's cleaning those biggies that gets to me:-) Thanks for reading and commenting.

Elena. from Madrid on April 03, 2009:

What a concept! Never heard of it before -- not sure I'm cut out for it, I'm a biggie house kind of girl, though I only found that out through living in tiny houses :-) Great going, robie!

Raven King from Cabin Fever on April 03, 2009:

The tiny houses are so cute! The city managers are predjudiced against affordable housing. The media enjoys calling mobile homes trailers. Trailers are not mobile homes. For a mobile home you need a professional truck with special permits to transport it and a state permit to get electricity just to flush the toilet!

A travel trailer can be hauled by a regular truck. Strangely, some people do live in those travel trailers year round.

Some people live in mobiles because that is all that they can afford. The media shouldn't make them feel bad for possibly living morgate free!

Well...GREAT HUB Robie2. :)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on April 03, 2009:

Why Kscharles-- how nice to see you and what a nice compliment. Thanks for reading and commenting and come back anytime:-)

Kscharles on April 03, 2009:

Fascinating subject and and you made it so interesting. I always look forward to your hubs, Robie2!

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