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Tiny Houses In The News

Recently Tiny Houses have been getting some BIG press.  A few of the stories are reacting to Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to have a whole new class of tiny apartments to meet the cities’ growing need for more apartments for young single people.  Does this signal the arrival of Tiny Houses?  So today here is a quick round up of Tiny Houses in the news.

First off, in an act of shameless self promotion, here is the coverage the LA Times did on me and a few other tiny house folks.

New York micro-studios: Living well in 275 square feet

Next up, our good friend Deek of Humble Homes and Simple Shacks was featured in US News which was a great article and brought a lot of attention to the Tiny House Movement.

Could You Live in a 120-Square-Foot House?

The story that brought a lot of awareness to living in small spaces is Bloomberg’s vision for 300 square foot apartments.

Bloomberg Proposes 300-Square-Foot ‘Micro’ Apartments

Next up is The Guardian, which is a premier publication in the UK, talked about the interest and benefits of Tiny Houses.

Cabin fever: I want a tiny home

Looks like the Tiny House Movement is crossing boarders to Canada where one couple is building their Tiny House to escape the rat race.  Check out the coverage in the Canadian National Post.

Two Calgarians are quitting their jobs, building a tiny house

Here is another article on the same couple above, but this time has a great video of the tour.  Also interesting was the poll they did, I was surprised at how many people would consider actually doing this.

Calgary family trades in spacious home for tiny house

Oregon Live talked about living in small spaces and the process of pairing back your possessions to what is most vital and important.

Small, simple house uses ‘Irish vernacular’

The last one I will do for this round up is from The Epoch Times, which covers a new tiny house that has been built.

‘Tiny Houses’ a Solution to Massive Prices

 

Your Turn

What is your benchmark for when Tiny Houses have “made it”?

Do you think Tiny Houses are here to stay?

 

7 Comments
  1. I’m not sure whether they are here to stay. Only time will tell. But they will certainly become more popular all over the world due to the circumstances we have made for ourselves.

    The tiny house movement hasn’t really started here in Australia. It’s concentrated on a few that choose to live on acreages in shipping containers and on-site caravans (trailers) in holiday parks. Unfortunately, the latter in particular, is a trend that is associated with the marginal. Thus, for any sort of tiny house movement to take off here in Australia, that barrier needs to be brought down. And it needs to be seen as something that anybody can do for any reason.

    • We struggle with the same thing here at times! I have always thought of Ausie’s to be ahead of the curve with some things compared to the US. You’re the home of permaculture, I remember everyone having solar hot water heaters, gray water, and dual flush toilets.

  2. I can’t believe this is even controversial, especially in big cities. Ask yourself what do you do at home? You sleep which takes up a few square feet, you make coffee and a simple meal occasionally (city people tend to eat out a lot, that’s one of the appeals of city life), you use the bathroom, dress to leave for the day, maybe in the evening watch tv or get on the internet of listen to music or read; none of these take up much space at all. Other than that, there’s the storage of your ‘things’ but the real joy of city living is the doing; you’re out of the apartment going to the stores, opera, museums, restaurants, galleries, night life, etc. Having a big or expensive apartment or house is not necessary to enjoy that life, it’s rather a hindrance. Want to entertain? Have one or two people over, or go out to a restaurant. Easy enough. I just wish this idea had come along sooner, I’ve wasted a lot of money on mortgages in my life and my favorite housing ever was a 500 SF English style cottage, and a tipi!

    • I couldn’t agree more, for the most part, I think there is a happy medium, 500 SF would be perfect!

      I know it gets a little tough when you work from home, you spend a lot more time in the house. Also if you need specialty equipment, materials or work space (think wood shop) it gets tricky to fit work and living in once space. For most of us though you can always go to coffee shops, but I often need a quite space to make calls etc.

  3. I think they were here first, in terms of housing, and they will be here long after the McMansion is no longer feasible.

  4. I could live in a tiny house alone but putting two people together for any length of time in such a small space is just asking for trouble. Anyone heard of PMS? LOL!

    I think 300-700 is big enough for anyone to be happy in whether a single, a couple or even one to two children. If not, then their is something wrong somewhere.

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