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The tiny house movement

The Tiny House Movement

Let's be honest: size matters. For some, bigger is better. But a growing number of people are actually settling down with smaller.

It's called the "tiny house movement" and it's pretty straight forward.

While many Americans are dreaming about someday owning a giant, lavish mansion - others dream of dramatic downsizing...we're talking 500 square feet or less!

An architect involved with the movement told Bloomberg, "It shows people how little some need to be happy, and how simply they can live if they choose."

This might sound a bit bogus, but living in less could actually get you a lot more. A few of the perks include: No mortgage- building your own miniature home makes it exactly that: Yours.

You can even put it on wheels for easy mobility...just in case you really can't stand your neighbors.

It's much cheaper! Utilities for these humble huts cost a lot less than that the thousands of square feet many Americans dream of having.

And there is NO skipping on a swanky pad. Homes can feature those nice hard wood floors or stained glass windows and sleek appliances you've had your eye on in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Of course, you probably won't be hosting many dinner parties - but hey, less mess to clean.

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bd2thebone July 19 2014 at 12:27 PM

This is the change Obama promised.

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malinda.smith1 July 19 2014 at 11:58 AM

I don't need a ton of space but these are like being in a rabbit hutch. No thanks.

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katieryan5555 malinda.smith1 July 19 2014 at 2:39 PM

I t is apart of the Tiny house movement that started in 2000 They have a certain cult thing going on with it. Kind of like the people who still live the with 'The Bus' (VW).

Most of us are willing to live smaller if we could only get the decent quality to go with that. aproximately 400 650 square feet for one or two people 600 - 875 for 3-3 4 people.

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joyceand malinda.smith1 July 19 2014 at 4:15 PM

Well said. There have always been tradeoffs between space, location, and amenities. Each to his/ her own but I'd go stir crazy in a place this tiny.

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gramargo joyceand July 19 2014 at 5:50 PM

I probably would, too.....I need a bit of room to move about in, and there'd never be enough space for my books, and what would I do with the records I'm obliged to keep for tax purposes?
We used to spend a lot of time in our small travel trailer, but we weren't in it 24/7, what with being on the road or sightseeing most of the time. Permanent residence requires breathing room.

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laclone joyceand July 19 2014 at 6:00 PM

You two should see the pics and video of this astounding 600 sq. ft. house in Little Rock.
Go to tumbleweedhouses dot com, and at the bottom of the home page is a banner saying "Take a video tour". click on the learn more button.

This is an amazingly comfortable house for two (plus one dog).

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Richard July 19 2014 at 12:35 PM

Perfect for Hillary since she and hubby are broke. Also shows how well the O man thinks the economy is improving. NOT.

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Robert Goetz July 19 2014 at 11:50 AM

This is all about the shirking dollar and its' buying power.

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hensteeth Robert Goetz July 19 2014 at 2:57 PM

Its with an end apostrophe? Wrong twice over. It's is a contraction of it is. Its is a possessive pronoun. Its' is meaningless.

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sulandherb hensteeth July 20 2014 at 12:30 AM


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bill_jones86 July 19 2014 at 11:57 AM

looks like a left wing lib green movement no thanks

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ramon_garcia20 bill_jones86 July 19 2014 at 12:08 PM

i am banking over $30K per year. Best move ever. I have plenty of money and time to enjoy life. i also have a nice bed to sleep on. Nice hotels for family or friends?

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hensteeth bill_jones86 July 19 2014 at 2:59 PM

Ramon, why are you telling this to strangers? It raises all kinds of issues beginning with believability.

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mlmoviefan75 hensteeth July 19 2014 at 4:34 PM

Of course you don't believe him. Most don't want believe that someone who takes a chance most are unable or unwilling to take are actually happy and flourishing. Blame Obama for the tiny house movement, then be "skeptical" when someone tells how their new lifestyle has enriched their lives. Good amount of money in the bank and not a slave to a mortgage/bank. Most people cannot claim that.

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walwall hensteeth July 19 2014 at 9:42 PM

What?Ramon_garcia20 What does this have to do with the subject.I think maybe you may be speaking of things that you do not have,only wish for.A braggart,hummm? If not so prove it.

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evelyon7 July 19 2014 at 12:12 PM


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CAMERON evelyon7 July 19 2014 at 12:35 PM

The nice play house. Or use for. Guest house. Without staying in your home

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baldbiker2 evelyon7 July 19 2014 at 11:57 PM

If you rent.....

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coopdabomb July 19 2014 at 3:07 PM

Just more of obamanomics at it's best.

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cgssnavickas July 19 2014 at 1:09 PM

Just another fad. They are not as cheap as they are made out to be, and depending on the area where you live the property tax can be pretty high. Also, you don't have running water for the toilet, it's an indoor port-a-potty (The same principles, anyway.). Shows like "Tiny House" on FYI only encourage this. Can you see a family of 5 in a house like this?

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andallthatjazz013 cgssnavickas July 19 2014 at 1:42 PM

Ahh... anyone can see they aren't made with a family of 5 in mind. Get a clue!

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Trish cgssnavickas July 19 2014 at 10:33 PM

NO...this is not my cup of tea, don't need a Lg. home but a little over 1400 will do, need some breathing room.

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larry July 19 2014 at 1:05 PM

Can I buy one of these houses with my EBT card ???

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njenel July 19 2014 at 12:25 PM

get used to it, Burger king pocket money, and multi 100's of thousands for a house ! maybe we ought to cut the politicians pay by 3/4 % i mean if we gotta do it, so should Unka Sam.

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blucola njenel July 19 2014 at 3:25 PM

Politicians should not be getting paid to serve, anyway.

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