Nick Koridis dreamed about tiny homes for almost a decade before finally moving into one.
The 28-year-old stagehand paid a Long Island neighbor for a 125-square-foot cabin on wheels earlier this year. He has parked it on land he is renting near Port Jefferson. Total cost: $28,000, plus thousands in renovations he is making by hand.
Want to live like Koridis? It’s possible. The obsession with small spaces began — where else! — in California and was made popular via blogs and TV shows. Now, as the trend becomes more available to New Yorkers, it’s easier than ever for East Coasters to make this dream a reality.
Many microhomes are built as one-offs by enterprising DIY gurus; their offerings dominate Web sites such as TinyHouseBlog.com and TinyHouseListings.com.
But in recent years myriad companies, from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses and Minim Homes to Greenmoxie and New Frontier Tiny Homes, have sprung up to sate the desires of those for whom the number of square feet is inverse to the amount of happiness they have.
Lori and Mark Mendelis, a Brooklyn-based couple reveling in their new weekend home in Saugerties, NY, are two such people. Their adorable house, one of portable-cottage company Escape’s Classic models, totals less than 400 square feet — yet sits on a sprawling 26 acres of land.
And the Mendelises never saw it in person before they bought and installed the home last December.
“People thought it was crazy,” says Lori, a 44-year-old real estate broker with Compass. Adds Mark, 48, a freelance creative director in advertising, “It was a leap of faith.”