Small House Movement


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


Source: NAR's 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, Chapter 2

Small Home T​rends

Back to ... 'Skoolie'? The Coollest Tiny-House Trend This Fall, (®, Sept. 13, 2018)

Can the 'tiny house movement' last?, (The Ecologist, Sept. 3, 2018)

How 240 Square Feet Might Change the Whole Tiny House Movement, (Architectural Digest, Sept. 3, 2018)

Millennials embrace 'small house movement', (YouTube, Aug. 1, 2018)

The Tiny House Movement May Fail. What Then?, (TinyHouseGiantJourney Blog, Apr. 22, 2018)

The Small House Movement is Here to Stay!, (Artisans List Blog, Apr. 19, 2018)

Tiny Retirement: Is It for You?, (AARP Blog, Mar. 29, 2018)

Here's why so many seniors are joining the tiny-house movement, (Today, Mar. 21, 2018)

Building small, thinking big, (Central Penn Business Journal, Mar. 2, 2018) E

'Tiny Homes' May Have a Wider Buyer Pool, (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 15, 2018)

Think Small: The tiny (vacation) house movement comes to town, (Sarasota Magazine, Jan. 2018) E

The Tiny House Trend is Here to Stay, (MSNBC, Dec. 28, 2017)

Unexpected Costs of Living in a Tiny House, (WiseBread, Nov. 23, 2017)

You Can Now Buy a (Tiny) House on Amazon, (Fortune, Oct. 20, 2017) E

Kasita: The Future of the Tiny House Movement (Buffalo Rising, Sept. 12, 2017)

Small House Movement: The Cost to Build a Tiny House – What to Expect? (24hPlans Blog, Aug. 18, 2017)

America’s Tiny Home Craze: Colorado’s WeeCasa is a Force in Real Estate’s Latest Trend (Forbes, Aug. 9, 2017) E

5 Hidden Costs Making Tiny Homes Expensive (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 7, 2017)

Five Tiny Homes That Area Amazingly Affordable (The Spruce Blog, Aug. 1, 2017)

Sustainable and small: The tiny house movement (American Institute of Architects, Aug. 1, 2017)

A tiny house movement timeline (Curbed, July 19, 2017)

What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes (New York Times, June 2, 2017)

Portland’s Small-House Movement is Catching on (New York Times, Oct. 1, 2016)

What is a Tiny House? A Huge Trend Explained in Simple Terms (®, Aug. 29, 2016)

Trailer or tiny home? The Tiny Drop is the best of both for off-the-grid living, (Digital Trends, June 5, 2016)

50 Impressive Tiny Houses that Maximize Function and Style, (Country Living, Mar. 21, 2016)

A Timeline of Tiny Home Architecture, (Eco Building Pulse-Architect, Feb. 3, 2016)

Can Tiny House Living Actually Save You Money?, (WiseBread, Jan. 14, 2016)

What the Tiny Home Trend Really Says About Us, (PopSugar Blog, Dec. 30, 2015)

9 U.S. Cities Where Small Homes Are Big, (®, Nov. 4, 2015)

What is the Tiny House Movement?, (The Tiny Life, Sept. 30, 2015)

Tiny house trends: Builder discovers untapped demand in small home market, (Construction Dive, Sept. 18, 2015)

Brad Pitt Bringing Tiny Homes to New Orleans?, (TinyHouseTalk, Aug. 24, 2015)

Small Wonders: 9 Amazing Tiny Home Designs That Live Large, (Builder Online, Aug. 17, 2015)

Tiny house, big benefits: Freedom from a mortgage and worries – and stuff, (The Washington Post, June 25, 2015)

Could You Survive in 150 Square Feet? The Lowdown on Tiny Homes, (U.S. News & World Report-Money, June 18, 2015)

Tiny house movement takes downsizing to the extreme, (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 15, 2015)

Ultra-Posh Tiny Homes: The Small Movement Goes Luxe, (Forbes, Feb. 17, 2015)

Is bigger always better? Meet the ‘tiny house movement’, (Today Home, Feb. 9, 2015)

Tiny Houses Are Becoming a Big Deal, (AARP Magazine, Jan. 2015)

The Tiny House Movement, (Huffington Post, Sept. 12, 2014)

The Green Impact

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

Tiny homes, huge impact, (Deliciousliving Blog, Sept. 3, 2018)

Tiny Houses, Big Impact (Mother Earth Living, May/June 2017)

How Living in a Tiny House Can Lower Your Environmental Impact and Cost of Living (OneGreenPlanet, Feb. 22, 2017)

This Eco-Friendly Tiny House is Designed to Move with You (Ecophiles, Feb. 14, 2017)

Living Large in a Tiny House (Whosgreenaz Blog, Sept. 28, 2016)

Tiny houses: an eco-friendly small life (Ecobnb, Jan. 3, 2017)

Meet the Adorable Green Movement That’s Revolutionizing the Housing Market, (Green Future, Feb. 15, 2016)

8 Popular Home Trends That Happen to be Green, (Green Residential, July 23, 2015)

3 Tiny Houses That Let You Live Green – and off the Grid, (Take Part, June 24, 2015)

Tiny House, Large Impact, (Greenhawks Media, Feb. 10, 2015)

Big Change Dwells in Tiny Houses: Corporate Sponsorships and Making a Difference, (TriplePundit, June 10, 2014)

Oregon couple builds tiny homes to ease housing debt, carbon footprint, (AccuWeather, Apr. 24, 2014)


5 Absurdly Cramped Houses and Cramped Homes, (Web Urbanist, Aug. 7, 2008)

The Art of Living in Small Spaces, (Back Woods

Jay's Tiny House Tour, video of a 100 sq. ft. home, (YouTube, Dec. 12, 2007)

Tiny Houses, (Tumbleweed Tiny House Co.)

Small House Society Resources, (Small House Society)

Small Space Design Guide, (HGTV)

Tiny House Listings

What Is the Tiny House Movement?, (The Tiny Life)

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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