It seems as if everyone’s talking about tiny houses these days. What’s that all about anyway?

The typical U.S. home is approximately 2,600 square feet compared with a tiny house’s 100 to 400 square feet, according to These petite dwellings come in all shapes and sizes, and are sought after by those who want smaller, more efficient homes. With most Americans spending one-third to one-half of their incomes on housing, the idea of a smaller space often seems rather appealing.

As it turns out, the tiny home concept actually has been around a while. Sarah Susanka is said to have started the movement toward smaller homes with her book The Not So Big House (1997), but some folks were discussing it back in the ‘70s.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marianne Cusato came up with the little Katrina Cottages as an alternative to FEMA trailers. Not long after that, the Great Recession further fueled interest in tiny houses for financial and environmental reasons.

Nowadays, tiny houses are sporting truly inspired designs, including amazing outdoor spaces and even tiny pools. Read More