A family of 3 in 320 square feet by Erin Doland on June 9, 2011 Small living comes with many benefits, and Debra, Gary and their son explain how it works for them in this video of their 320 square foot home: Their home was made by Slab Town Custom Homes in Mountain View, Arkansas. 73 Comments for “A family of 3 in 320 square feet” posted by Cat on June 9, 2011 Cute house. Space isn’t the deal breaker…it’s the shower curtain on the toilet stall. Give me a door and we’re good to go. posted by Jennifer on June 9, 2011 I love the concept of this. I intend to do something very similar one day. There’s a lot I’d do differently – but the concept is great. As she says in the video, “it’s not what you don’t have, it’s what you do have.” posted by brie. on June 9, 2011 this is inspiring! it makes our newly acquired 800 sq foot london flat look ENORMOUS! very impressed! but i agree on the bathroom door…. posted by Rachel on June 9, 2011 This seems a little extreme, but I’m all for the idea of downsizing houses and minimizing possessions. What’s with the gargantuan homes that some people live in? posted by Visty on June 9, 2011 There’s quite a disparity between the parents’ bedroom (and her full size clothes closet) and the child’s (and his one bottom drawer in her dresser). Small is good, but still requires priorities and maybe more equality for all family members, I think. posted by *pol on June 9, 2011 @ Visty — Are you kidding!? I would have LOVED to have had that space as a kid. It’s private, cool and has all his fun stuff up there. I tried to talk my parents into letting me have a corner of our paved crawlspace as a teen as my room (the closest they would come was letting me set up a reading space down there with cushions and my books). As for the house, I think it’s very clever. It’s very appealing to me the way they live mortgage free and intimately aware of (and accountable to) every inch and belonging. posted by Living the Balanced Life on June 9, 2011 I love this concept. It is not for everyone and it wouldn’t work at certain times of your life. I think it would be tough to have small children as you couldn’t realy utilize loft space. My husband and I are almost empty nesters and this concept is intriguing. I am guessing it is moveable. I really like that idea as I think we want to travel and move around some. Thanks for sharing! Bernice posted by Doris on June 9, 2011 Ilove this house. I used to live in a 16-square-feet flat and had no problem with storage or living space. Now, after breaking up with my partner I’m moving back to my tiny flat. I felt scared to cram my two cats and all the stuff I’ve accumulated into the studio flat but now I’m starting to looking forward to it! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement! I only need to get rid of the unnecessary clutter… posted by Anita on June 9, 2011 It’s not the size that bothers me, it’s how dark the space looks, and especially the fact that their son’s room has no windows. I mean, if you’re going to tuck your child away in a “room” he can’t stand up in (while praising the high ceilings in the rest of the house), at least give him a skylight to preserve the illusion that you consider him human. And I pray to all that’s holy that their cat is an outdoor cat (although they don’t seem to have a cat door for him/her). Otherwise I’m scared to ask where the litterbox is… The other thing is, this place make me claustrophobic. I mush preferred the lego-style apartment you featured a while back, which is basically one room with hidden/moveable parts that transform the space into anything you need. That place looked spacious in every configuration! This just looks cramped and uncomfortable any way you put it. posted by Angela on June 9, 2011 It really seems claustrophobic- especially the son’s room with no windows and such a low ceiling. Living that close together, working together, homeschooling? It’s just too much togetherness. Maybe for a camping trip, but every day? No thanks. posted by Michelle on June 9, 2011 Doris: Do you mean 16 x 16 feet or 160 sq ft instead of “16-square-feet flat”? Surely you did not live in a 16 sq ft flat, since the dimensions would have been something like 4 x 4 feet.. posted by Samantha on June 9, 2011 You should try househunting in London! Currently living in 480 sqft – the largest we could afford. And I know a lot of people living in similar or smaller places. Oh, to be able to get 320sq ft mortgage free! 😉 posted by Carrie on June 9, 2011 Some people like togetherness. They’re a stay at home, work at home, homeschooling family. They like each other’s company. If more families were this gentle with one another, how would the world improve? I love it. posted by Dave on June 9, 2011 I can live quite comfortly on my 35 foot sailboat, the cabin is 21X9=189 sf, it can sleep 6 has a head, galley, water tanks, and power systems all in there too, and best of all the scenery outside keeps changing. A house is just a boat so poorly built that it will never float and has to be left on land. posted by Susan in FL on June 9, 2011 Dave, My 40 acres has all that your place has plus trees, tortoises, grass – and room for a pony (or two) if I desired one. LOL. I have a creek on the back of my place in which you could probably float your place. Call ahead. posted by Ola on June 9, 2011 I think that the type of furniture in the lego flat must have cost a bit, especially as it is custom made. This family would have to spend a lot to make this house for three a super home with all the fantastic ideas the modern design offers for small flats. I also had a feeling that my flat is rather big (600 square feet) posted by Scott on June 9, 2011 I love the minimalist movement and even tiny homes. But this video is trailer park living! No Thanks!!! posted by RebeccaL on June 9, 2011 @Michelle- Doris’s “flat” =s “apartment” Didn’t like the low ceilings on their son’s room, but they said they’re going to raise the roof-his space felt very claustrophobic. posted by Jennifer on June 9, 2011 How is a bedroom with no window (fire escape) legal? Cute house though. posted by Mletta on June 9, 2011 Friends of ours have had to have home inspections as part of (separately) foster care and adoption process. This home would disqualify them from either. (and it probably doesn’t meet code in many places as well. I’m truly skeptical about the safety of a place like that. Of course you should be able to get out fast, but you could, also, burn up really fast. Sorry. Don’t mean to be morbid.) Not a fan of this place as living quarters for three people. For one adult, maybe. As for the kid loving it, wait till he tries to bring friends home. Oh, wait, there is no place for them. Let’s see how long all this togetherness really works. I thought I read somewhere else that they have other “property” surrounding this building. As someone who in early adulthood shared a small studio with TWO other young women, I can tell you this: Familiarity DOES breed contempt and worse. I don’t care how polite that family is, constantly literally rubbing up against each other? It’s gonna get on your nerves. Especially when you are in a society where up close and personal is NOT the way most people live, etc. Seeing a house like this for three people, including a kid, is what turns many people off to the idea of downsizing. Somewhere between McMansions and this amount of space is a space where real people can “live” and entertain and hang out. I was claustrophobic just watching it. It makes my skin literally crawl to think of moving around in that space –and now makes my very tight 500 square feet (including a library/home office) seem less cramped! Points for the idea/concept. Minus for execution and real-world applicability. posted by Shana on June 9, 2011 What’s telling, to me, is that while Debra tries to put a happy face on things, her tone seems pained. Maybe that’s just her voice and manner, but that plus the fact that watching that made me feel like I couldn’t breathe leads me to believe that this is Too Small [for most reasonable people]. posted by Erin Doland on June 9, 2011 @Mletta — I spend 24 hours a day, most every day, with my son and husband in our less than 1,300 square foot home. What we have found is that there are people like us who can constantly be together in a small space and then there are people who can’t. It’s not good or bad, it’s just a personality thing. My husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary this year and we are incredibly happy. Familiarity does not breed contempt for all people. posted by Aisha on June 9, 2011 @Erin – 1300 feet is still four times the size of the home in this video. Nevertheless, I agree with your basic point that whether or not a small space works depends on the personality of the family and the individuals within the family. I live in an apartment somewhere in between those two sizes, and have found that it is quite comfortable. 1300 sq feet sounds like it might be an ideal size. 🙂 The house in the video feels very very claustrophobic to me. And I also think that she sounds like she’s trying to convince herself that the space works. Every time someone says “Count your blessings” or something in the same vein, I tend to think that they are trying to overcome discontentment, not that they are genuinely content. posted by ninakk on June 9, 2011 This video is inspirational. DH and I live on 37.5 sqm (about 404 sqm) and it feels crammed due to a piano and my clutter (sorry hubby but I’m trying real hard to deal with it). He watched it with me and while we thought it’d be a bit too small, it’s still inspirational in the sense that there is room for lots and lots of decluttering to make our current space work better. @whoever who claimed that the boy’s space is too small: I shared with my sister a room of 11 sqm (118 sqf) for 20 years and would have loved having his space as my very own. The mother said they will do some roof work soon, so that will light the space up maybe. posted by Sam on June 9, 2011 Hope they have a really good smoke detector. That kid would be dead of smoke inhalation before anyone realized there was a fire. posted by Mary on June 9, 2011 I did see that the son had a ladder leading from the walk in closet plus the window overlooking the living room, so yes there are two methods of escape. But I agree that his room could use a skylight (especially one that could open!). I am glad that they have food storage in the shop. I was wondering where they put their canned goods. Although they don’t truly live in just over 300 square feet since they do have additional storage space. My question (I didn’t see this info) is where this is located and if in a mobile home park, do they have a storm shelter for when a tornado comes along. posted by jbeany on June 9, 2011 Fun for one, a little too cozy for two – not great at all for 3. On the other hand, the size pretty much guarantees that there won’t ever be a baby makes 4… Mortgage free is great – but you can do that without squeezing in quite that small! posted by Erin Doland on June 9, 2011 @Mary — The food storage is inside the house, not the shop. The editing is bad in that part of the video. The food storage cabinet is across from the couch, immediately inside and to the right of the front door. It looks like an amoire for a media center, but it’s not. posted by klutzgrrl on June 9, 2011 I think there’s often a frisson between the ideal means to live in a small space and the realities of finance. Even without going as far as custom-made, I could see that some things, such as an all-in-one washer-dryer, would have been far more space-conservative. I’m sure there would be more sophisticated and space-efficient other appliances, those free-standing ones seemed very clunky to me. Likewise the dresser, so not designed for such a small space. I agree with many of the criticisms, there’s some issues here. But of course, so many families do live in spaces not much bigger than this, the world over. posted by camellia tree on June 9, 2011 Like the house, but that music has to go! posted by Mary on June 9, 2011 Responding to Erin, yes I thought that the armoire was for a tv, not the food storage! I would have an issue with that since I coupon (not to the extreme) but would end up spending a lot more on food if I didn’t have enough space to store it! @klutzgrrl – I thought the same thing. They would save more space if they had the washer and dryer in one machine! posted by Zen friend on June 9, 2011 I’m actually at a place in my life where I can imagine living in a place not much bigger. I’m intrigued that it was custom built. Erin (or others), know of any companies closer to the greater D.C. area with experience custom building something this small posted by tmichelle on June 9, 2011 I just saw this featured on another blog. I love it! I’m not understanding all the haters out there who are determined that this family isn’t going to be happy. Just because these living quarters aren’t to your liking does not mean that others wouldn’t be perfectly happy in the space. Also, as a former zoning administrator and a certified interior designer, I believe the fact that the sleeping loft does not have a door and is open to the living room makes it a part of the living area as opposed to a bedroom (bedrooms can only be defined as such if they have a closet), so from my limited knowledge, I would think this house would pass inspection in most areas of the country. posted by Melanie A. on June 9, 2011 Love it, especially that they seem to have heirloom furniture rather than the usual Ikea stuff. I’m envious that she’s married to someone who seems to share her ideal of less stuff. posted by Dippy on June 9, 2011 This is too small, and the house too inflexible. Perhaps if you are single and plan on remaining so you’re good to go. It’s great that this lady is enjoying it, but for me, a home is more than just some cramped living quarters. Privacy and a calm retreating place are necassary to preserve my sanity and for those around me. Minimalist living is great and all, but besides improved aesthetics I don’t see the difference between this and trailer park living. posted by Sky on June 9, 2011 Why is everyone so critical? They seem quite happy and certainly decluttered. Looks like a great space to me, everything they need for sure. Even if it’s a trailer park, so what? I like it! posted by Kelly on June 10, 2011 Very inspiring!!!! posted by Mike on June 10, 2011 When I was in college, I would have craved a place like this. Somehow after I got married and learned my wife was pregnant, it was like a switch got flipped in my brain, and all of a sudden I wanted more than anything else in the world to have my two acres of Stay The Hell Out. I got them, and I live there to this day… and guess what my doormat says? Great link, though. Very cool. posted by Mary on June 10, 2011 This might have appealed to me at one point, but we just downsized from a 2500 square foot home to one that is 1850. While building this one we rented a 800 sq. ft. home. After living in that house through a very long winter with my husband and two girls, I craved space. I am very happy now that I have an extra 1000 square feet. Plus I don’t see enough space in that house for my Kitchen Aid mixer! 🙂 I could see it working for a second lake home, but I could never live there in a cold climate! The parkas, snowpants and boots would take up that entire closet, plus there wouldn’t be any space to store off season clothing. posted by paige on June 10, 2011 I get so tired of the elitist comments I read on this blog. Apparently, some commenters think you have to be above a certain economic level to unclutter your life. This has bugged me since Erin did the post on using what you have to unclutter and organize. Several commentors were appalled that someone would organize without buying pretty containers and expensive gear. Likewise, the slams on “trailer park living” here. Many people are trying to do the best they can while living within their means. I admire all who are trying to unclutter and simplify their lives using the resources available to them. posted by camellia tree on June 10, 2011 I think people’s points about climate are very relevant. Isn’t this in Arkansas? If you are somewhere warm, you can spend lots of time outside. During the winter in a northern rainy climate, we are inside for much of the winter, and living someplace like this would be very hard. On the other hand, heating/cooling this place would be way cheaper than most places! posted by Tweetie on June 10, 2011 My husband and I are from the Midwest (DH is actually from Arkansas) so we are familiar with the weather. They have shorter winters, but they can be pretty extreme, with ice, hail, snow, etc. And in summer it is humid and buggy. I wonder if they have HVAC or window A/C units? It seems like otherwise the loft area might get pretty miserable in summer–although it *is* easier to heat a small place in the winter. Plus, as this year’s weather has proven, tornadoes are a very real threat in that area. I hope they have a storm shelter somewhere nearby on that property. That is my only concern after watching the video (that and the ease of escaping a fire, as others have noted). That being said, I really don’t understand the snobbery surrounding this family’s home. Yes, it is essentially a mobile home–an option they admitted they looked into initially, but decided against b/c they found a builder who could make them something cheaper. But what’s wrong with a mobile home? It’s essentially a detached apartment or condo. And they can pull up roots and take it with them if they want. The lady makes a good point that most of the space in a home is devoted to housing our stuff. If I lived like this, I would also require the workshop next door (and my husband would require a separate one as well) to house the stuff related to our hobbies (which we’d love to turn into a home business). What this family has accomplished is admirable; not many people could make such a leap. posted by Doris on June 10, 2011 @Michelle – 160, of course, you’re right.”Apartment’is too big a word for my tiny studio flat!I’ve already planned all the furniture and helpful devices but they’re not going to be expensive – thank you, IKEA! I’m so into making preparations I’ve emptied half of my current place and it’s started to look too big for me and too… spatious. posted by Mletta on June 10, 2011 Erin I could easily and happily live with people I like and care about in 1,300 square feet as you do with your family. My reference was to living in about the same footage of the house with two relative strangers. And yes, I’m sorry, but I do question how any family, no matter how loving, can physically and psychically endure 24/7 living in that small a space. And I’m not the only one who would question that, including people who really like each other. I have several long-term married couple friends. Their secret, per their own comments? Two bathrooms (seriously) and enough space so that they can have alone time in the house. As several say, “I love my spouse, but I need to be alone at times.” You don’t have alone space in the featured “house.” Again, to each his own. We’re not hating this families’ choices. Some of us are just saying, we know ourselves, and it would not work for us. And too much of anyone, no matter how nice and wonderful, with no “space” to retreat to alone, is problematic. Just ask any couple who travels together and finds themselves in tough situations. In real life, you can love and respect each other to pieces and still have times when you need to get away from each other. Real love doesn’t mean you have to live on top of each other all the time to “prove” it. posted by lorna thompson on June 10, 2011 looks like a smart move ! … no commute … i am proud of you ! posted by Sooz on June 10, 2011 I admire that these people have made clear decisions about how they want to live & have carried those decisions out! I couldn’t do what they are doing, but if it works for them, that’s wonderful! As to needing privacy, they actually *do* have other places to go than just the house – they have the work studio, and they have walking-around space outside the house & studio. Again, this wouldn’t do it for me, but I think they are very focused people who are clear about what they want. I just want to know: Are there books in this home? I didn’t notice any, but maybe I didn’t look carefully enough. Also wondering how they heat the place in cold weather? Though the house is not very large, if it’s cold & windy outside, I would think they’d need some kind of heater for the house (and also for the studio?), and again I don’t see anything like that. posted by earthmother65 on June 10, 2011 brilliant, even though i don’t think i could do it myself (she said from her 2700 sq. foot home!). Yet like so many others, i was disappointed in some of the comments. live and let live, people, and respect and admire those who live within their means. posted by lorna thompson on June 10, 2011 @pol – hooray for U !!! posted by karin on June 10, 2011 i live in a large house in germany with my husband, two of our kids and out cat. we have a lot of space even though some rooms look quite full, at some times even a little bit messy. what me inspired most in the video is the thought of getting rid of useless things or unused stuff. so what i´ll do this evening is to unclutter my wardrobe. i planed this for almost 3 weeks, but did´t start it yet. seeing a family of three with so little stuff makes me kind of feeling ashamed. for example, i actually wear the same dresses again and again. i sometimes can hardly wait to have them back from the laundry. so what to do with all the “a little bit too small and not the right colour” t-shirts and other stuff. i´ll start now, i´ll make boxes for donation and for garbage and i will feel better tomorrow! thank you for this inspiration! posted by Natalie in West Oz on June 10, 2011 I just wonder if these people (in the video) are showing us whats wrong with the world. Families have diminshed, everyone is grumpy, its all ‘me, me,me’. And yet, many vintage/pioneer families would have only had tiny houses (IF they had houses and didnt just live in a glorified tent). As houses have gotten bigger, families have become more distant and its all about how much stuff or space we have instead. If we all had to learn to live closer together and be respectful of other’s needs, wouldnt the world be a nicer place? I love being on holiday with my family when we’re staying in little holiday units and we’re forced to interact. Its nicer than being spread out ignoring each other in a big space. I shared rooms with my sisters growing up and I think its sad that my boys have never had that experience because my husband, who never shared a room, wanted everyone to have their own space and stick to it. I AM a person who needs my own space but I get that by going for a walk or, if the weather is bad, to the shops for a massage or just to window shop/meet a friend/have a coffee etc. posted by Mary Denny on June 10, 2011 I loved that this family had real pieces of furniture that they may have owned before. While I love Ikea too, I appreciate that they did things their way. I love small spaces! I have been looking at building a ‘tiny house’ and this one being on a slab is more appealing and practical. Her out look about focusing on what they do have is inspirational and healthy. There is not a “Living Simple” bible they must live by and if there was….I’d toss it out with the other one! posted by Jlee on June 10, 2011 The concept is great, for one or two. $20 grand seems like a lot of money for a small building like that, doesn’t it? Also, why rent the land if one truely wants to be mortgage free? With a kid in the mix, a bit more space, or at least a window in his room, should be on the ‘must have’ list. Her voice does seem pained as one poster stated. With that, I bet the kid hides up in his room ‘to get away from it all’. I’ll get off my soap box now. posted by dawn on June 11, 2011 I like it.I think it’s cool and I would love to live there.The kid seems to like his room,he said he’s had friends over,6 at once,and 2 friends stay overnight.He didn’t seem to have a problem with it.I would have loved that room at that age!They must be used to living this way,she said they actually used to live in a smaller place for a long time.If they couldn’t get along living so close then wouldn’t they have moved to a bigger place than that?Why all the negative comments?If it wouldn’t work for you,fine,but why accuse them of lying about how they like their living arrangement?(Her voice didn’t sound pained to me,they seem genuinely happy.)And what’s wrong with trailer park living?I’ve never lived in one but I’d be fine with it.It’s just weird to me how negative so many commenters are being here.Just don’t get it. posted by Keter on June 11, 2011 Ten years ago when I went house hunting for myself and two big dogs, and hoping to acquire a husband, I was looking for a place in good shape with big yard for the dogs, a garden, and a separate studio workshop…and I wanted the house itself to be 1200 sq. ft. or less. Unfortunately, what I found was either very dilapidated and in scary neighborhoods, or very overpriced and in snooty areas. I ended up buying TWICE as large well out in the country, and only use half of the house (half can be closed off). My goal is to finish fixing this place up by the time I retire and then move into a smaller version even further out in the country. But I believe I will custom-build my own space, possibly as a partially subterranean home since these are very energy efficient and safer in bad weather. The house I have now is made of concrete block and prestressed beams and this is the construction I would use again, just smaller…I am not going back to stick-built. I have a 23-foot sailboat, and it is perfectly comfortable for two. I could live aboard, too. posted by Ted on June 11, 2011 I think that the son’s room is really cosy, I don’t think that I would want that as my room, but maybe as a hideaway, somewhere to just chill. posted by Lynsey on June 11, 2011 I kind of wonder about the decision to do two separate units — it seems like it might have been more cost effective and more space-efficient to build one larger unit that would house both their home and work areas. I feel like that could also allow more togetherness — it didn’t seem like the work area had a space for the son to work on school work while his parents were working. If I worked from home and homeschooled at once, I’d want my child to be able to work on his schoolwork nearby so I could help him as I did my work during the day. posted by J on June 12, 2011 I think this is beautiful and innovative. Every inch is used. It is simply delightful! posted by Mari on June 12, 2011 I too don’t understand why some watch this and try to find fault. Bravo Jordan family! We too had a home with a loft – and our home schooled sons adored it! A very nice hardworking family!! posted by Eric on June 13, 2011 When I first saw this video, I was deeply saddened by two things. First, the look on the woman’s face was just depressing. Perhaps I am judgmental. Perhaps I am terrible at reading people’s emotions. But nothing about her says, “I am happy.” She looks resigned, at best. Second, it makes me sad to think that American culture has so idealized the single family home that this family is forced to conform in such an extreme way. Why can’t we have nice, small apartments with common areas for appliances? Did this family ever consider moving into a commune, a co-op, or some kind of communal living space? I doubt it. Now, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate small spaces. I sometimes have a fantasy about moving into a shack in the woods. But the thought of isolation from friends, families, and society in general really brings this dream by to reality. Finally, the “house” appears to be designed so that the outside looks like what we traditionally think of as a house. With a little imagination, a more comfortable living space (one where you don’t sleep above an unventilated latrine — gross) could have been designed. The outside may not have looked like the typical American house, but it could have been lovely and functional nonetheless. I truly hope they are happy, and that I am completely misreading this. posted by Samuel on June 14, 2011 To all those worried about escaping from a fire…you’d be surprised actually (or more properly concerned) at how difficult it is to escape from a large house or apartment block. In high rise apartments, by the time you get one floor down, stair-wells are clogged with panicking people. And for big open houses…fire spreads even faster through those. One further question to all those who have mentioned fire risk. How many of you have actually, really, truly practised a fire drill at home…? posted by cloo on June 14, 2011 The idea is nice but the child’s loft raises some concerns. There was a bare lightbulb directly within inches of his head/sleeping area. If the attic is in use that also raises questions about insulation, heating/cooling and ventilation. posted by Chris on June 14, 2011 For three people, this is crazy. If the kid were not in the mix, it’d be ok for some people as it’s a nice house. The kid is basically confined to a sleeping bag sized nook where he cannot even sit up. To top it off the homeschooling is a terrible idea. This poor kid is going to have no sense of personal space, which will be an issue if he ever goes off to college. Talk about putting your kid at a social disadvantage. Newsflash people, academia is not the only thing that makes a kid a person a functional adult. posted by Mable on June 15, 2011 My boyfriend and I lived in a 430 square foot student apartment while attending university, and it worked great. The layout was made for students though, with a larger room we used as a living/study and a smaller room we used as a bedroom. The downside was the tiny galley kitchen w/o room for an oven, plus no dining area, which got old over time. (Once my boyfriend spilled his entire plate of spaghetti on the floor while watching TV!) Now we live in a 850 square foot apartment which is much more spacious and it feels wonderful! posted by Lesley on June 15, 2011 One drawer for the kid. One. Drawer. I’m all for reducing the amount of property you have, if that’s your goal. But how often are you doing laundry for a kid with one drawer? And does he get any choice in his clothing, from day to day? Also, while living in a bedroom where you can’t stand up might seem cute or cool for a while, it would get really, really old. What if he ends up being tall, for heaven’s sake? I also think it’s rather disingenuous to act as though this family is really, truly living in this tiny space alone. They aren’t. They have a storage unit that holds much of their “stuff.” Yes, I have a bigger house with closets and such. But I don’t have a storage unit, either. posted by Knitmama on June 18, 2011 Love it..if it was just me..my husband is 6’7 and would not even fit in that bathroom! No room for my spinning wheel,fiber,yarn etc. Like I said…for one person this is great!! posted by laurazz on June 18, 2011 Too small for so many people! posted by Anne on June 21, 2011 Our family of six lives in a 600 sq ft house! We bought and completely paid off a this cute little place in southern Italy! It’s small but we LOVE not having a mortgage!!! posted by Alethea on June 22, 2011 The micro-house thing wouldn’t work in my family–wrong personalities–but, hey, to each their own. I do think it’s a bit fake to be so into your tiny house when you have a detached shop/storage area. I’m bothered by how many “trailer park” snarks there are in these comments, though. I should be so lucky! I barely make enough for a studio apartment in a bad neighborhood: A single-wide with a small yard would be paradise. posted by jodi on June 23, 2011 When I was in gradeschool, my best friend lived in a 16×16 foot house with a 4 foot high loft above it. There were 5 kids in her family and they frequently. Had sleepovers (which often was me!) I ADORED that house. They finished building a bigger house when her mom was 8 months pregnant with #6. Everyone complained for years how much they missed the little house. posted by jodi on June 23, 2011 …I just wanted to add to my comment, my friend’s family lived in the little 16×16 house from the time I was in 1st grade until the summer before 7th grade, and when they moved in they only had 5 kids, so it was very do-able with young ones. I can’t watch this video on my phone, but I have such fond memories of being in their home… posted by stcf on June 23, 2011 I love this, and they seem like such nice people. I grew up in spaces not much bigger than this but not nearly as nice. It seems really well thought out. Can’t wait to see it after they raise the roof on their son’s room. posted by Canadian Coupons on June 26, 2011 this is definetly really cool! posted by Carol on July 29, 2011 I’m bummed that the linked to the builders is wrong or no longer. I would like to see other options they have for small houses. Comments are closed.