Does size matter? The current economic climate as well as a desire for a greener lifestyle has driven some Americans to examine how much space they really need. The small home movement is hardly a novel concept—just ask New Yorkers who often spend decades in studio apartments.


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Home Sizes and Home B​uyers

Exhibit 2-19
 Source: Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers (National Association of REALTORS®, 2020)

Small Home T​rends

Tiny Homes Made in Amish Country Could Soon House Philly’s Homeless (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep. 8, 2020)

Tiny Houses Are the Latest Shopping Trend During the Coronavirus Pandemic (NJ.com, Aug. 27, 2020)

To Escape Covid-19, Grandma’s Living in the Backyard (Bloomberg, Aug. 11, 2020)

The Case for Building Tiny House Villages During the Pandemic (Shelter Force, May 28, 2020)

10 Tiny House Owners Reveal What It's Like to Isolate in a Downsized Space During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Insider, May 21, 2020)

Think Small With This Gigantic Guide to Tiny Homes (Dwell, Nov. 13, 2019)

How Amazon Could Transform the Tiny House Movement (CityLab, Aug. 19, 2019)

It Turns Out Tiny Homes Are Too Small for Some Enthusiasts (REALTOR® Magazine, Jun. 17, 2019)

The Green Impact

Are Tiny Homes Environmentally Friendly? (The Environmental Magazine, May 15, 2020)

Do Tiny Home Owners Actually Live More Sustainably? Now We Know (Fast Company, Aug. 5, 2019)

First in the World Tiny House Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Green Building Certification (US Green Building Council, Oct. 25, 2018)


How to Live in a Tiny House Without Breaking the Law (realtor.com®, Nov. 10, 2019)

Tiny House Laws & Regulations: State by State Details (Money Task Force, Sep. 8, 2019)

Tiny Houses Create Big Questions for Building Codes, Zoning and Banks (VPR, Aug. 9, 2019)

Big Coverage for Tiny Homes (Resources, Spring 2019) E

FAQs about Building, Using, or Renting Out a Tiny House (NOLO, Nov. 10, 2018)


Tiny Houses (Tumbleweed Tiny House Co.)

Small House Society Resources (Small House Society)

Small Space Design Guide (HGTV)

Tiny House Listings

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Big Book of Small House Designs (Kindle, eBook)

Building Today’s Green Home (Kindle, eBook)

Choosing Green (Kindle, eBook)

Compact Houses (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Building and Remodeling (Kindle, eBook)

Green Building A to Z (Kindle, eBook)

Green Building Products (Kindle, eBook)

Greening Your Home (eBook)

Green Zone Living: 7 Steps to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Lifestyle (Kindle, eBook)

Microshelters (Kindle, eBook)

Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid (Kindle, eBook, Audiobook)

Prefabulous + Sustainable (Kindle, eBook, Audiobook)

Prefabulous World (eBook)

Small Houses of the Forties (Kindle, eBook)

Tiny House Basics (Kindle, eBook, Audiobook)

Tiny House Living (eBook)

Your Green Home (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures (North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2015) TH 4955 D54

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the Century (Bolinas, CA: Shelter Publications, 2012) NA 7205 K34

Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilites (Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2006) NA 7205 Sa3

The Small House Book (Sebastopol, CA: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, 2009) NA 7533 S53

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter (Bolinas, CA: Shelter Publications, 2012) NA 7205 K34

Tiny House Floor Plans: Over 200 Interior Designs for Tiny Houses (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012) NA 7205 J26

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