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The ‘tiny house movement’ 101

The typical size of a tiny house rarely exceeds 500 square feet. This model—on wheels—offers 130 square feet of living space.
Photos courtesy Tumbleweed Houses

One of the biggest commercial firms is Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Each house shown on the Tumbleweed website (they have 17 different models) shows multiple photographs—inside and out—plus a floor plan. Tumbleweed’s smallest tiny house—it fits on a trailer—measures 11 x 7 feet, with a living space of 73 square feet; their largest offering on a travel trailer is 172 square feet. Tumbleweed’s permanent, stationary homes (they call them cottages) start at 261 square feet and go up to a two-story, three-bedroom tiny cottage at 884 square feet.

Not every community welcomes tiny houses, so if you want to build one, be sure you check out local zoning laws and building codes—even health codes. In addition, some housing developments and subdivisions have private covenants that prevent building tiny houses. Finally, some municipalities treat them like travel trailers if they’re on wheels. So check out your local rules and regulations.

Tiny house resources
You could spend all day on the Internet reading the growing number of tiny house websites. Here are some sites you might enjoy perusing: •