Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Tiny houses sidle into the spotlight


For nearly a century, the American dream has been to make enough money to have a really big house (and of course park a couple of cars in a mammoth garage.) But recently, some Americans have taken a turn for the tiny, as small house gain traction. Why? A terminal mortgage market, growing concern over the environment, and a general disillusionment with “bigger is better.”

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

4 Responses to “ Tiny houses sidle into the spotlight ”

jabberwocky says:

I sort of like the concept of what a home cam be like. the problems I would have is I have way to much books and comics that I need to store. I would have to get set up with storage container. Or I would need one of these places with a second floor.

Warren Frey says:

Before I moved to Vancouver, I had to get rid of entire room full of books. It wasn’t easy, but I pulled it off, and in the intervening years I’ve gotten pretty good at reading and giving away or selling my ever-changing library. Of course, I have two storage tubs full of books just waiting to be sold, so…

Killahmullet says:

You could build the structure out of your books.

The article is interesting, but hardly a trend – besides in the mind of some New York Times reporter. The houses featured are mostly cool modernist structures. However, I doubt most people want their vacation home in the country to be the same city as their tiny city apartment. The reason most people buy swaths of land, is so they can build a big place on it.

lester says:

You got rid of your massive Playboy stash? NOOOOO!!!!!!

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