I’m not so sure that downsizing is taking the country by storm, but an interesting article in the New York Times highlights a few folks who have taken downsizing to the extreme. A man who built an 80-square-foot tiny house out of free stuff he compiled off of Craigslist is included in the article along with a woman who lives in an 84-square-foot home that is in her friend’s back yard.
While my wife and I decided to downsize our home this past year, cutting our living space by one-third, our decision was quite conventional compared to these tiny homes highlighted in the article. I’ve seen children’s playhouses that were larger than some of the homes pictured. I’m not so sure that these tiny homes are trendsetters, but they are definitely unique while being a repudiation of the “bigger is better” mindset when it comes to most home construction.
These tiny homes may be an option for empty nesters or singles who want to buy a starter home, but raising a family may be a bit too much for such little space.
(Image from Karie Hamilton for The New York Times)