[this is a reprint of a feature article I wrote for our local newspaper, published June 1, 2015.]
by Carrie Caverly
In the land of “McMansions” where the average house size has swelled to 2,600sf, a petite countercultural version of home is rolling into the neighborhood: the Tiny House.
“Drawn by the prospect of financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle and limiting one’s environmental footprint, more buyers are opting to downsize—in some cases, to space no larger than 300 sq. ft.”—Tiny House Nation reality TV show.
Small living quarters are not entirely novel, or inherently hip, but they are enjoying wild popularity. No longer the sole realm of online bloggers, tiny houses are all over the media, featured on Oprah, in Forbes magazine, CNN, the BBC, and a slew of local news stations. There are two documentary films now: Tiny: The Movie, streamable on Netflix, and Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary, with select screenings starting in April 2015. There are three reality TV shows: Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House Builders. Fortune magazine lists micro dwellings in the top 5 home trends of 2015, saying “micro and tiny are huge.”