Monday, May 15, 2006

Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Tiny Houses

Almost a year ago, I heard a cool NPR story about the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which sells---you guessed it---tiny houses. And I mean, really tiny; most of the models range from 70 to 160 square feet, through Tumbleweed does offer a couple of monsters with 500 square feet. The smaller ones are designed to fit on trailers, which somehow seems less cool to me. The minimalism of these little houses fascinated me at the time, and it still does. I don't think I could live in one, but I would like to put one in my back yard to serve as a bike shop, tinkering lab, study, and general retreat-from-the-outside-world. Today NPR broadcast another story on the tiny-house movement, including one Katrina survivor's plans to sell her own "Gulf Coast" model to other hurricane survivors waiting to rebuild. You should check out the article(s), and be sure to visit Tumbleweed's site to see how cute the little houses are.


  1. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Here's a link to the website for the Katrina Cottage. I like this one because it fits the local vernacular and can easily be expanded to make new and interesting homes, thus benefiting the community and saving resources.