Who knew? There are people who are choosing to live in teensy houses built on trailer platforms about 100 to 130 square feet. Imagine that! Ideal for people who want to live more simply, for retired couples, or for those who want to live off the grid. These are architecturally quite interesting. This is definitely not a good housing option for hoarders.
Sarah Susanka author of The Not So Big House is credited with starting the Small House Movement after her book was published in 1997. Susanka opened the door for designers like Jay Shafer, owner of the California-based Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. According to Alec Wilkinson, staff writer for The New Yorker, Jay Shafer “builds the most stately and sleek tiny houses.” Shafer, who specializes in sustainable architecture and urban planning, lived in his first tiny home, just 89 square feet for 5 years.
Greg Johnson, author of Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet says, “what excites me the most about simple living is how micro decisions can have a macro impact.” Johnson is founder and Director of Resources for Life, an outreach and public interest organization based in Iowa City, Iowa. Visit resourcesforlife.com for more information about the organization and the Small House Society.