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Tiny Homes That Feel Bigger Than They Really Are

By Deirdre Sullivan Small is the new big. But if you think a tiny home would crimp your way of life, check out these videos. We found three weensy abodes that feel like much larger homes. The trick is that each micro-living place maximizes space to compliment the resident's lifestyle. 1. A home that doesn't skimp on... Continue Reading »

Holiday Parties in Small Spaces: How to Maximize Your Tiny Pad for a Christmas Fete

Here you are, in your studio or tiny one-bedroom apartment, and the holiday season has arrived. You'd love to throw a party -- just like your parents do every year in their big suburban house, with everyone from your cousin-in-law to your uncle's mechanic invited -- but how? You can do it -- if you just plan properly.... Continue Reading »

How to Make a Small Home Feel Bigger

By Adam Verwymeren Big city life comes with certain advantages, but the big money required for a spacious home isn't one of them. If you're a cramped city dweller who always seems to be running out of room, here are some innovative solutions to make your place seem more spacious. Hunting for Extra Storage Space You... Continue Reading »

Teenager Builds 130-Square-Foot House for College

As small homes go, we've covered everything from shotgun shacks to disappearing lofts, big city closets to itty-bitty bungalows. But in the annals of tiny home lore, 16-year-old Austin Hay holds his own special place. The industrious teenager spent his summer vacation building a 130-square-foot home on wheels, which he... Continue Reading »

Tiny House Movement: Get in on the Ground Floor

Inspired by a recent feature in The New Yorker on the so-called "tiny house movement," our friends at ShelterPop decided to track down one of the more industrious purveyors within the industry. Jay Shafer, the owner of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, has constructed 16 of these diminutive domiciles, often no larger than... Continue Reading »

How Small Can You Go? Tiny Houses Are the Future

The idea of living in small spaces has been around since the caveman. By partitioning off a small area of his cave for sleeping, he was able to heat it more efficiently. Of course, he didn't have 20 pairs of shoes to worry about, but minimalistic living is an idea that is returning to popular culture with a vengeance.... Continue Reading »

House Sizes Shrink Along With Consumer Priorities

After years of conspicuous consumption when it came to our homes and what we put in them, Americans are rethinking their priorities in the recession-induced Age of Austerity and paring down their possessions and what they spend. We won't be living in cold-water yurts, of course, but some recent numbers suggest that... Continue Reading »

Homebuyers' Investment Scores 15% Less House Than 7 Years Ago

Despite the month-to-month increase in home prices, some historical perspective is in order. While prices have gained 5 percent in the last year, they are still only level with housing values of around seven years ago. And the median home size is down to about 1,500 square feet. In fact, the incredible shrinking home is... Continue Reading »

DIY Shacks With Punk Rock Style

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen has self-published a punk rock/indie-'zine-inspired book about tiny homes. Renters with the itch to have a place of their own should take note. The Relaxshax blogger has written and illustrated the 101-page book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And... Continue Reading »

Tiny Homes Get Big

The trend toward "living small" is on the brink of getting very, very big. Not only is the average home size shrinking, there are more small home devotees, and more small home options available than ever before. So it should come as no surprise there are ever-bigger numbers of "loud and proud" people choosing to live in... Continue Reading »

What's Hot on HousingWatch

Cher and the Obamas Hawaii getaways, plus New York's skinniest house and more! Here's what readers were into this week. Skinniest House Sells for Fat Wad - New York's skinniest house goes for $2.75 mil. Cher Bails on Her Just-Built Home - Cher's sweet Hawaii retreat (left) is going up for auction. Want it? We do. Inside... Continue Reading »

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