Tiny homes are nothing new -- from a family of 4 downsizing to 168 square feet in 2008 to a Yale student building her own 144-square-foot dorm that same year. But that definitely changed in 2013, as sites from NPR to CNN started picking up on the trend and taking closer looks at the big benefits from living small.
And what's more interesting than the homes themselves? The amazing stories of the people who live in them. Here are just a few of our personal favorites from this past year.