How much living space do we really need to live comfortably? Depending on whom you are and the lifestyle you want to lead that answer maybe anywhere from a studio apartment to a mansion or possibly a penthouse suite.

In recent years, I’d say within the last seven years, there’s been a movement towards small houses or tiny houses and it’s a trend that keeps growing. First it was only a lifestyle for a single person, now it’s being embraced by couples and now young families and even the elderly. I’ve seen countless videos and with each one I’m always impressed by their design (primarily the interior) and brilliant use of what is for the most part rather limited space.

Consider the idea of combining living on a large boat with Japanese architecture and minimalism. It’s not for everyone, but for those who choose to live in a space sometimes no more than 100 square feet, it’s more homely than living in a space 20 times that scale. I guess it comes down to living simply and simply living.

For the uninitiated, let me introduce you to one such gem, dubbed ‘The Teeny Tiny House – Tumbleweed Box Bungalow’, designed and owned by Jay Shafer of Four Lights Houses. It’s tucked away in a Zen-like garden in Sebastopol, a city in Sonoma County, California. Enjoy the tour, but afterwards you have to ask yourself the question — how much space do I really need to be happy?

Living Large in a Tiny House
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  • January 7, 2015 at 05:13 PM
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    That space really is for a single person, but I can imagine staying there (only for a while). I doubt I could live in that 100sq ft house for very long, I felt a bit cramped just watching the video, but it is a neat concept. Put another 10-20sq ft on it, and I may consider it more. Love that it is transportable.

  • January 7, 2015 at 05:26 PM
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    Lol I know what you mean re the cramped feeling. But it’s definitely a lifestyle choice. Watching the whole movement towards tiny houses has really made me look at the definition of a house; the “stuff” we need to live; and cost-savings. As an urban planner, I think it’s going to have to be something seriously looked at for developed cities, which is why countries like Japan have been leading the way particularly because of overcrowding, lack of available lands and the high price of real estate.

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