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Woman lives in tiny 84-square-foot home

The Latest Fad: Tiny Houses

Tiny dogs, cake pops, mini laptops ... when it comes to being trendy these days, it's time to downsize. Well, according to CBS, add teensy, weensy houses to that list. Yes, houses.


Home Sweet Home for Dee Williams is all of 84-square-feet.

Williams used to pay a $1,400 monthly mortgage and worked hard as a Hazmat inspector. Then, she collapsed - and at just 41 years old, she was told she would need a heart transplant in one to five years "The thing that was most missing ... was a sense of being relaxed in my life,' she said.

Williams doesn't delve much into her medical condition, but it did make her realize life is short.

Williams said that was a "kick in the pants." One day, while at the doctor's office, she read an article about tiny houses. She was intrigued, and figured the tiny house would simplify her life.

She soon built her own with found materials. Now she pays about $8/month in utilities.

These tiny houses start at about $25,000, and are 1/5 the size of a mobile home. Check out this one highlighted by KUSA owned by a couple that uses mostly solar power.

The trend also caught the attention of a couple that built a one-of-a-kind tiny house hotel in Portland, Oregon!

As for Williams, she has since written a book about her big-to-tiny lifestyle switch. Nowadays, she can fit everything she owns on a piece of paper!

Perhaps one pitfall - we're not sure how practical the homes are for entertaining guests, but hey, they look cute, and, well ... tiny!

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la231 May 05 2014 at 12:57 PM

She still has to work unless her condition leaves her disabled then she has assistance of some sort. $8/a month for utilities, that includes water and gas and/or electric??, hard to believe. That house doesn't look like it would last if a hurricane hit compared to having more of a chance in a brick house. To each their own.

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AOL9.7 May 05 2014 at 12:08 PM

Many could manage well with less room, most smaller homes are not is a safe neighborhood.

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faithrada May 05 2014 at 12:06 PM

This lifestyle need not be a permanent one but it CAN be a useful GAP filler for anyone who has been hit hard by a collapsed house and job market.
My husband and I build our 'normal' house (sub-contracted it) ...without a morgage. First we got the land, then poured and capped the foundation, septic, well, .. and step by step got it done. We walked around on sub floors and used stacked cardboard boxes for cabinets..... it was tough going at first but we kept telling each other.. someday we'll look back at all this and laugh. Now we DO laugh and agree that it was all worth it... morgage free YES! ... still... having a "Tiny House" parked on the lot until it was DONE would have been a LOT easier. THere are lots of uses for these Tiny Homes.

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brittany_word May 05 2014 at 12:02 PM

$298 per sq. ft. for a tree house on wheels.

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Kutzukid May 05 2014 at 12:01 PM

Wait till Obama and democrat taxes get finished with you, this will be a mansion

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blueeyessing May 05 2014 at 11:58 AM

Looks about the size of your average efficiency apartment. I like those tiny homes but $25,000 for just 84 sq. ft.? The company is making a killing.

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tgffffffffffffb- May 05 2014 at 11:58 AM

I live in 2 small houses that i built myself 20 years ago when I was 40. Each one is 512 sq ft. I live out in the country and pay $155 a month...mostly for the land. Wasnt allowed to do this in the city. One is the "home" and one is the "studio". Tiny homes arent very practical if you have any hobbies or if you have to work in the city, requiring a commute....

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raidersetc May 05 2014 at 11:57 AM

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ..."

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ugagentorange raidersetc May 05 2014 at 12:49 PM

That's dumb.

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erin ugagentorange May 05 2014 at 12:51 PM

Then take it up with Janis Joplin. Oh wait - you can't.

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bonnay May 05 2014 at 11:55 AM

I don't understand this mentality that you have to go outside to use the bathroom. I have alway lived in small apts but you do need air to flow and outside light. My small apt's bedroom is 72 sq ft and wish it was 9 X 12 which would be very adequate but unaffordable in my city.
If this was about money I would think with the type of job she had then she would get disability which would enable her to pay for more comfortable living space with a heart condition.

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gaylonjanine bonnay May 05 2014 at 12:09 PM

Maybe she did not want to be another person who lives off the tax payers dollars.

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Susan bonnay May 05 2014 at 12:17 PM

Not everyone with a disability wants to stay at home NOT working. Some of us LIKE to work.

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blackhawk047 May 05 2014 at 11:55 AM

In Thailand I lived for a year in a bungaloo about this size. Rent was $25 a month. Maid service was $10 a month. It was furnished and I owned paracticly nothing.

Happiest year of my life.

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