Ideas for Living in Really Small Houses

by Mark Mathis

Interview with Kent Griswold of Tiny House Blog

Kent and I had a conversation that covers several different topics ranging from where the small house movement started, some smart ideas for living comfortably in a small home, items to consider when building a tiny house, some of the benefits of living in a smaller home, and much more…

  • Ideas for living comfortably in a smaller, space-efficient home.
  • Where the “tiny house” movement began and some of the benefits of living a pared down lifestyle.
  • How local building code restrictions may affect your choice to build a small house.
  • Where to find inspirational stories of other people who have actually built these type homes and why they did it.
  • Where to find a reputable small house builder in your local area.
  • Where to get ideas for your small house.

Plus a whole lot more!

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Alaska Small House

It’s fun when family and friends get involved with the Tiny House Blog. My sister and her husband are up in Alaska on business and my brother-in-law Geoff saw this sign while traveling and snapped a photo with his iPhone and sent it to me. Here is what he says:

Shelley and I have been in Alaska the last few days. There appears to be lots of “small houses.” I saw this posted on a post office board and thought you might find it interesting. Geoff

Maybe someone up in Alaska will see this and turn it into their own small home.

Alaska small home for sale

Amy’s House Portraits

Last year I featured a tiny house artist and everyone seemed to enjoy the diversion. Amy Woodbury contacted me recently and shared with me her artistic take of tiny and small houses. I liked them so much I wanted to share them with you. I’ll let Amy tell you a little about herself and her art work.

I love to paint just about anything. Figures, landscapes, abstracts, you name it. What got me started with houses and other structures, both real and imagined, was a 400 sq. ft. rental cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on Lake Superior. It was the summer of 2007, my husband’s sabbatical year and we lived in cabin #4 for two whole weeks.

Cabin #4, the one that started it all



It was bliss: he worked on his music and I painted. It also dawned on us that the house we had back home in Illinois, was way more than we needed, 1800 sq. ft. So we drove to town, hooked up our laptop and began our small house search.

I’ll skip all the gruesome details about selling and buying in 2008 and jump right to the happy ending: an English Cottage, built in 1924 and just under 900 sq. ft. The house we were meant to have. Continue reading

Needed: Small House Stories and Photos

I want to start a feature of stories and photos of people living in what I call “small houses.” What I need from you, readers, are your stories and stories of friends or family living in homes or apartments or other structures that range from 250-1000 square feet. (more or less)

It would be nice to have photos of the exterior and interior of the homes as well. It’s always nice to be able to show how space is utilized. What works and what doesn’t work.

I would like to cover all type of homes from modern to the old homes that were built back in the early 1900’s. Also if a floor plan is available of a home it would be very useful!

To share your story please email tinyhouseblog @ and attach photos and a writeup about your small home with the subject line “Small House Story.” Thank you for your help in covering this new feature!

Photo Credit Karen Delucas