11/09 The Strange Allure of Tiny Homes—Explained

Tiny House Communities across the United States
When Elaine Walker’s three kids went to college, she decided to downsize—and we’re not just talking about throwing out the old Nintendo Wii and donating the living room love seat. We’re talking downsizing. She cast off (or stored) virtually all of her belongings, moved into a 120-square-foot house on wheels, and drove it all the way from New Hampshire to California.

Walker’s purge gave her purpose. “Everything now is right within reach,” she says. “You always know where all of your things are. You don’t have to go digging in the closet or wondering if there’s something under the bed.”

From retirees to college grads (to HGTV addicts, who binge on no fewer than three tiny-home series), tiny homes seem to have limitless appeal these days. The oh-so-seductive idea: Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores and energy consumption, as Walker says, it also changes your life outlook.

So if you’re still wondering what the tiny-home craze is all about, let us explain it to you, in these five infographics, found on http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/strange-allure-of-tiny-homes-explained/

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Elaine Walker