Tiny houses – the shape of housing for the future?

The cost of buying the average home in the US is over $1,000,000 .

The costs of buying a home

Is there a better way?

Many people think there is.



For instance the folks at The Tiny Life where these two graphics come from.

And Jay Shafer, of Four Lights Houses, who has been designing tiny houses for 18 years, like this one.

This Marie Colvin design at 288 sq ft costs around $700 furnished…..



How would your life change if you lived in this space?

This is not the only way to reduce the cost of housing.

Here’s how to build a house from empty plastic bottles!






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5 Responses to Tiny houses – the shape of housing for the future?

  1. The Food Curator January 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Shelagh, Small spaces are growing in popularity especially in big cities. Tokyo is famous for tiny apartments and here in London broom cupboards which can just fit a single bed in the city centre are being sold for huge sums of money. The concept of how big “living” space should be is a big challenge now and into the future as more and more people flock into cities.

  2. Rachel Lavern January 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi Shelagh,

    I can understand people settling for smaller spaces in light of rising housing costs. I like spacious houses; however, we have never spent much time at home so perhaps it won’t make sense to us one day. When I first moved to the Bay Area, I really wanted to live in the Financial District but everything was much too small and the prices were outrageous so we moved to the suburbs.

    Rachel recently wrote How to Find Your Niche

  3. Dawn Golden January 13, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    Yikes! I have seen these type tiny homes, but we have so much stuff! Not sure if I could make the transformation. It would be a very hard thing, yet I am sure it would be freeing. I certainly appreciate clever use of space. As for the water bottles as bricks – that was new to me. I have seen water bottles used to create skylights, but never walls. Recycling at its best!

  4. Monna Ellithorpe January 13, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    Hi Shelagh,

    I think I would absolutely LOVE living in one of these little houses. I have looked at a lot of them online lately and it is amazing how efficient and cozy or elegant they can be.

    Thanks for sharing. Guess I will be looking at more tonight. Have a great evening. Monna

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