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Tiny Houses: The Antidote to McMansions (PHOTOS)


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JL
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Part home, part conversation piece, mini-houses are an affordable, eco-friendly housing alternative.



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JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:25 pm

Tiny Houses: The Antidote to McMansions (PHOTOS)
Part home, part conversation piece, mini-houses are an affordable, eco-friendly housing alternative.
By Andri Antoniades
March 8, 2013

Tiny Homes With Big Impact
Luling, TX
Round Rock, TX
Salem, OR
Dolores, CO
Oakland, CA

Say what you will about tiny homes, the reasons behind their increasing popularity are pretty solid: Small houses are inexpensive and easy to maintain, and they also offer more privacy than your average apartment.

Micro-spaces are especially popular with eco-conscious homeowners invested in consuming less—a stark contrast from their McMansion-buying counterparts of years past. A tiny home pretty much guarantees less electricity and water will be wasted, which is always a good thing.

These mini-houses are from all over the U.S. and they're selling for a fraction of what a regular home would cost. Even if you're not up for the challenge of moving into one, they'll at least inspire you to imagine a reality that's less focused on accumulating stuff and more focused on living.
Photo: Tiny House Listings
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:51 pm

I read about this yesterday. There is a man in Texas that collects trash from building sites, or from old buildings being destroyed. With that trash he builds small homes. Most are built for two people, and most are completely unique, but very energy efficient. Some look like little cottages, two I saw were tree houses, all are very inexpensive. Just what two people or one person needs. Just enough space to live comfortably and be able to afford a home.
 

Terry V. (30)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:59 pm
Too claustrophobic for me. Shudder. Also you need to find a space to put them.
Thanks and noted.
 

Christeen Anderson (490)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:28 pm
Simple living.
 

Vicky P. (464)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:49 pm
seems a bit small, I like my apartment :)
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:49 pm
With economics, these may truly be the starter homes for generations to come. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
You are welcome Terry. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day
Very apt description Christeen. You cannot currently send a star to Christeen because you have done so within the last day
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:08 pm
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John B. (215)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:23 pm
Thanks J.L. for posting the link to the slide show. Viewed and noted. Now if I was just 50 yrs younger.......
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:25 pm
Very funky unique little homes...i love them!!! I def would not mind living in one of these beauties myself. It may however just be a tad small for my 11 fab cats. Thanks JL!!!
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:29 pm
You are welcome Natasha! You cannot currently send a star to Natasha because you have done so within the last day.
 

Jerry B. (120)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:41 pm
Noted what a good idea, some people would love to own one of these..thanks JL.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:45 pm
You are welcome Jerry. You cannot currently send a star to Jerry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:59 am
I love this idea. In fact there is one of these in some woods by a little creek close to me---it is beautiful--little front porch to watch the animals--even a small air conditioner, and the few trees that were cleared for this tiny house have been replaced with new small ones. Thanks JL
 

Patricia Cannell (751)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:13 am
Even though these homes may be small to some of us these might be all that someone else can afford. Better to live in this wonderful little home than to live on the streets. Perhaps the government should take a better look at these homes? Of course the won't though, because it's a good idea. They do double duty - reuse old material bound for the trash and also gives another person a chance (or second chance) for a home. Kudos to this guy who came up with this idea. Thanks for sharing JLA!
 

JL A. (275)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:48 am
You are welcome Summer and Patricia!
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Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:45 am
so cute!!!
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:45 am
The traditional 2 up and 2 down places here would not be much bigger than this and people manage ok They would not take up so much land thats for sure


Noted
 

JL A. (275)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:21 pm
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Sandra Patterson (60)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:17 pm
noted,thank you
 

JL A. (275)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:20 pm
You are welcome Sandra
 

Mariah Wilson (1)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:06 pm
So cute! But I don't think I could fit my whole household in these.
 

Dale O. (190)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:50 pm
Interesting alternative for many people especially single people.
 

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (51)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:18 pm
Cute and unique but too small.Thanks for sharing
 
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