Small House Society

The Small House Society, “a voice for the Small House Movement,” adds more fine-grained definition to the idea of tiny home living. It identifies the Movement as “the result of concerns about what we are doing to the environment, and what the environment is doing to us (wild fires, flooding, hurricanes), as well as a shifting economy. Some people just desire to live simply so that others can simply live.” Cool.

They have a motto…

“Better Living Through Simplicity.”

…and a clearly stated mission:

“Our desire is to support the research, development, and use of smaller living spaces that foster sustainable living for individuals, families, and communities worldwide.”

They’ve been around since 2002, and there’s quite a bit to check out. I’m on it, clicking through the Small House Society site… :)  SHS is part of Resources for Life, which I’m checking out as well!

Small houses: it’s a movement!

A tiny home

The small house movement has its own article in Wikipedia, started in March, 2009, that describes an “architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.” Pretty straightforward! It also points to a founder: “Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House in 1997.” The “financial crisis of 2007-2010” (glad that’s over with…) is given props for generating increased interest in tiny homes and the Movement…

Tiny house tour

This little video tour gave me a bit of a feel for extreme tiny living. The house is around 100 sq. ft. (pretty sure that doesn’t include the cozy-looking attic sleeping-storage space). The tour guide is Jay Shafer, founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He’s been living in, designing, building, and selling plans for tiny houses for over a decade. When you start thinking “tiny home,” Jay’s name seems to pop up everywhere, he’s definitely a leader in the North American tiny house scene… I could adapt to 100 sq. ft., but I think it’d be intense.