Taking “Downsizing” to a Whole New Level

Jay Shafer on CBS News

The Small House Movement Believes Less is More, Especially in a Recession

At only 120 square feet, two is company – and three is really a crowd. The house is too small to meet building code minimum standards. It’s a vehicle, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod.

But it’s got all the comforts of home, and plenty of storage space.

Shafer is at the forefront of the “small house” movement – a school of thought that less is more, especially in a recession.

Jay Shafer

“This house, all decked out with plumbing and heating would be about $50,000 if we built it for you,” Shafter said. “But if you built it yourself, it would be about $20,000.”

According to the U.S. Census, the average single family house in America is a little more than 2,500 square feet, meaning you could fit 21 of these into one of those.

Read the complete CBS article here and visit Jay Shafer’s website and blog at the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company website.

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April - August 16, 2009 Reply

I can’t believe how negative the comments are (on cbs.com)… I tried to add my own two (positive) cents…

CH Nimitz - August 16, 2009 Reply

Great idea . . . the basic simplicity is very attractive, but is there really tiny house ‘movement’? Leave it to gover-business media.

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