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

Small House Movement Data
 Source: Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers (National Association of REALTORS®, 2018)

Small Home T​rends

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)

Back to ... 'Skoolie'? The Coollest Tiny-House Trend This Fall (realtor.com®, 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)

The Green Impact

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)

Tiny Homes, Huge Impact (Deliciousliving Blog, Sept. 3, 2018)


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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