Jay Shafer first started building these tiny little houses because he wanted to have less impact on the environment, and to "do away with unwanted space." Little did he know, his Tumbleweed Tiny House Company would start a national trend toward these smaller houses.
Most of Jay Schafer's homes include a mere 89 square feet of living space - with enough room to squeeze in a kitchen, bathroom, and living room. A small loft area above all of this is where the bedroom fits, and makes the most of the square footage.
Most people think that Tumbleweed and other small house companies are just trying to represent an extreme far end of the housing spectrum, only gearing towards environmentalists who are trying to lessen their carbon footprints.
Yet that really is not the case, the small house movement has shifted Americans' housing needs to be smaller, easier-to-maintain, cheaper to build, and less energy consumption.
So my question to you is, Would you live in a tiny house? What's the smallest amount of square footage you would need to get by comfortably?