This Couple Lives in a 129-Square-Foot House - Could YOU Do It?
By Laura Hogg More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the NatuREport Blog Series
A Colorado couple committed to reducing their impact on the environment has downsized their home to just 129 square feet. Are they fanatics...or are they onto something?
For most of us, fitting all of our bedroom furniture into 129 square feet would be an accomplishment. But Ann Holley and Darren Macca have taken it a giant step further: their whole house is 129 square feet.
"It's like a sailboat on wheels," Holley says.
Macca and Holley are part of a growing movement of people, frustrated with excess and committed to reducing their impact on the environment, who have decided to put their money where their mouth is by living in dwellings most people would consider absurdly small. These houses have many names: Tumbleweed, ProtoHaus, and, well, Tiny Houses.
Now, before you dismiss these people as totally crazy, take a look at some of these houses, and consider: Jay Shafer, founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, spends $100 on utilities for his little home.
Let's take a look - and pay special attention to the square footage of each of these pint-sized beauties:
Popomo - 172 square feet
Harbinger - 310 square feet
XS-House - 65 (!) square feet
Maybe it's the idealist in me, but I absolutely love these houses. Lately, I've been on an organizing/get-rid-of-junk kick, so the idea of living in a tiny house really appeals to me. In a culture obsessed with more - more money! More space! More excess! - the tiny house movement is pretty refreshing, and offers a certain kind of freedom you just can't find with a traditional home. Most of the designs offered on Tumbleweed's website are portable, and many are not taxed as permanent dwellings because of their tiny size. The limited energy required to run the home (Macca and Holley's abode runs mostly on solar) cuts down big-time on environmental impact, and most of these little houses are made with green building materials.
Obviously, these houses come with limitations. These are not homes for claustrophobes or people with seven kids. But for other people, the decision to go small might just be hugely rewarding.
Which designs are your favorite? Do you think you could live in a tiny house? Why or why not?