Video tour of Jay Shafer’s 96-square-foot house

We’ve written before about Jay Shafer’s 96-square-foot house. We recently came across the following new YouTube video of him giving a tour and we’re particularly impressed by the amount of storage space:

If you would like to see more pictures of very small dwellings, check out Jay Shafer’s book.

29 Comments for “Video tour of Jay Shafer’s 96-square-foot house”

  1. posted by Jonathan Frei on

    I’ll need one that’s 196sq ft. if I plan to convince my wife we should move into one.

  2. posted by Michelle on

    I’m considering going to a workshop soon. Looking at this video I start having more questions about comfort and practicality… I am completely infatuated with the concept though.

  3. posted by Barbara Tako | Clutter Clearing Choices LLC on

    I loved this! Yes, it can be about quality rather than quantity in our living spaces. He moved up to a 500 square foot house. I would like to see that. Clearly we don’t need to have our egos tied to the size of our dwelling and the quantity of stuff we have. Jay is living proof that we don’t need what we have been marketed into thinking we need.

  4. posted by Emily Stevenson on

    These houses are fascinating, but I didn’t notice a bathroom?

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    posted by PJ Doland on

    He shows the bathroom starting at 2:55 into the video.

  6. posted by Lilliane P on

    Be sure to read the sample page at Amazon where he says that the housing industry and politicians have made small houses illegal because the big ones make more money for them. Unsurprising but disgusting all the same.

  7. posted by Daniel Ho on

    While I can’t relate to his desire to live in something so ascetic, I can definitely see myself living in a Grand Hyatt or JW Marriott hotel suite-like residence between 200 to 400 sq. feet. That’s the life!

  8. posted by Kate on

    While I am definitely up for uncluttering my home and do think that it’s good not to get wrapped up in having a ton of space, the reality for me is that I would get totally claustrophobic in a place as small as Jay’s and even some of the bigger ones. Although I don’t necessarily want a lot of “stuff” in my space, I do want my space!! But to each their own, I guess!

  9. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    I’m almost 50 years old, and I’ve started to have the kind of “older person” creaks. I think that relying on a ladder might be iffy as one gets older, or even in the event of a sports injury. I also have two dogs.

    That said, I wistfully recall many wonderful vacations spent in one room cabins that are perhaps 200 square feet. Very easy to keep clean, the windows light up the whole place well; you can hear your music anywhere; you can enjoy the fireplace, etc. You have to edit your stuff, so you never overbuy. Worth pursuing.

  10. posted by Guen on

    I don’t think I could LIVE in 100 sq ft, but it’d be great as a camp or little get away. Just too claustrophobic for a full a time residence! But I LOVE the idea of tiny homes and think between 100-500 sq ft would be darling.

  11. posted by Sky on

    Fascinating to say the least, although the bathroom doesn’t appeal to me. My house is 1750 sq. ft. with a garage. Too much to clean and maintain but in this housing market, I would loose money if I sold it. So, my goal for the moment is to keep decluttering and one day scale down to about 600 to 700 sq. ft.

    Daniel Ho: I could do that hotel thing too! Room service defiantly outweighs a kitchen!

  12. posted by RowdyKittens on

    I’m obsessed with tiny homes and love Jay’s designs. If you have a chance, check out The Tiny House Blog too. It contains a wealth of information. :)

  13. posted by Jesse on

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    also, if he’s so obsessed with efficiency, why doesn’t he get a small apartment in a city? an efficient little abode like this does not belong in suburban sprawl. unless he’s an obsessive bicyclist (and no bike was shown), he probably wastes as much energy as he thinks he’s saving by driving to and from it.

  14. posted by Cole on

    Wow Jesse, I’m a little surprised. I admit, because of stereotype, I assumed what you did. But why would he lie? It makes little sense to pretend for a website. I also don’t know if he’s “obsessed” with efficiency, but he clearly values different things than, well, “things”. He’s making a smaller footprint, so he’s cutting back.

    Why do we assume that people have to go absolutely to the limit to be “legit” in their pursuits? I mean I don’t have a Japanese art gallery in my house, but I love it. Is that interest illegitimate because I don’t make every aspect of my life fall into that realm?

  15. posted by Rachel on

    I love this little house — especially that sleeping loft. It made me want to crawl up there and go to sleep! So cozy.

    It’s interesting that he is building a 500 sq. ft. house to share with his wife and baby. When my house was built in 1933, it was only 500 square feet of living space, with an unfinished daylight basement below that they used for a garage. I’ve always wondered about the family who built it, how they lived in it — for our family of three even the current house feels small, and it’s more than twice its original size. (They added two very small bedrooms on the side, another 250 square feet, in the forties, and finished part of the basement in the fifties to bring the living space up to 1450.) I’m going to check out his other videos to see if there’s one about the 500 sq. ft. house. I need some tips!

    Although once I’ve uncluttered my life in 7 days it might be easier… ;-) Loving the book so far, Erin!

  16. posted by Kristine on

    Wow, I’m impressed. But I would go INSANE living in a space that tight. I couldn’t last a day. Probably because I need to declutter just a tad, which is what brings me to this blog to begin with.

  17. posted by Steve on

    Why is it that every time I see a video or read a blog about someone living in a very small space there is always a point where discussion moves on to “the big house next door that we actually live in …”

  18. posted by twosandalz on

    Very cool! I love thinking the issues that go along with tiny living. How much do I really want? How do I organize that? How much living space would I be comfortable with? Would my comfort level re-set after a while?

  19. posted by Downsizer Mom on

    I love this! We moved from 3,000 sq. feet to 2,000 and soon 1500 square feet for a family of six. I thought I was becoming a minimalist! I look forward to the extra time and $ we’ll save!

  20. posted by Frumpulent Grumpton on

    Looks like no room for a girlfriend either. Convenient that his hand doesn’t take up extra space! Cheers!

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  23. posted by Cher on

    People have been living in small houses for years.

    Why is it that people can accept little houses but for some reason they can’t accept gypsies and travellers?

    There is no difference except their houses have wheels. They travel for work,pay their taxes and generally live a carbon friendly lifestyle.

    How many people who ‘love’ this small house ‘do not love’ gypsies and travellers.

    Think about it.

    Cher :)

  24. posted by montymiff on

    Go to marinas and check out the square footage of some of the boats people live on (not In). We spend our summers in very similar space. In Alberta during the boom, there weren’t enough places to live, so many workers lived in trailers (larger than) or truck campers (similar to) the size of this, and weren’t complaining. The secret is to live “outside the box”, and to live in an area with nice weather so you can be outdoors or someplace else a lot.

  25. posted by Aaron on

    They have been designing apartments based on this concept in Japan for years now.

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