Living Tiny

Remember a few years ago the trend was to have bigger and bigger homes? You just weren’t living right—according to lots of suburbanites—unless you had a media room in addition to five bedrooms (for your three person family), a three-car garage, an eat-in kitchen (and separate dining room) and two living rooms. Who needs two living rooms and a media room? Well, things have changed. Smaller is better. Shifts in the economy and environmental issues like climate change have led many people to seek out a life lived within their means. Yet, other folks have taken it a step further with tiny houses. According to MSN Real Estate reporter Christopher Solomon, the average square footage for a typical American family has increased by 140 percent. From 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,349 square feet in 2004, the typical family home is much larger than it used to be. Although I’m one of those people building a tiny house (it’s solar powered too!), I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t see how people … Continued

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