The Economist Profiles the Tiny House Movement

The Economist Profiles the Tiny House Movement

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Sarah Coffey
Mar 3, 2009

The tiny house movement continues to hold strong, with coverage by big media outlets such as CNN, the Oprah Winfrey show, and now the Economist. The British magazine focuses on two builders we've featured before on Apartment Therapy: Brad Kittel of Tiny Texas Houses and Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Shafer says that all the attention comes during "a perfect convergence of a bad housing market meeting a bad economy and more awareness about global warming..."

The Economist, of course, frames the movement in terms of numbers. Although city dwellers and those who can't afford large homes have always opted for smaller spaces, the average American house in 2005 was 2,235 square feet—665 square feet larger than the average single-family home in 1980. Square footage now seems to be shrinking as the age of McMansions passes. In 2008, the median American home shaved off about 100 feet of square footage, and the trend seems to be continuing.

To read the entire article from the Economist, Very Little House on the Prairie, click here.

Photos: Sarah Wilson for This Old House and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. Found via Jetson Green.

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