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Indoor Cabins: Treehouse & Tiny Hut in Brooklyn Loft for $2K (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.28.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Architect Terri Chiao knew she couldn't afford the rent on a 750-square-foot Brooklyn loft without a roommate, but she didn't want to divide it up with walls. Instead, she built a cabin and a treehouse inside the space to be used as private living quarters.

Watch: Teen Builds Mortgage-Free Dorm on Wheels

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Kirsten Dirksen

Total cost was $12,000, but it's debt-free and it's much more than your typical college digs. It has a full kitchen (including a fridge/freezer, sink and camping oven), a sofa-bed he built himself, a nearly full-sized shower (he chopped the top off) and a composting toilet.

WATCH: "Shotgun Shack" Family Remodels Tiny Home for $700 DIY-Style

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.03.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Three years ago, this family left their 4-bedroom home to move into a 320-square-foot prefab. Yikes!

WATCH: Tiny Apartment Hides Bathtub in a Drawer (and Closet Under the Bed)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 09.16.2012 | New York
Kirsten Dirksen

Over the past few years I've filmed a Lego-style transforming flat, a unit with a walk-thru shower and fridge-in-a-drawer and a small space where the architect cut a hole in the roof to create an indoor/outdoor shower.

McMansions Are Back! Sorta

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.07.2012 | Money

Could the housing boom days of outrageous McMansions be making a comeback? At first glance, new data point to yes. The average size of a newly buil...

WATCH: Space-Invading Apartment Boasts Walk-Through Shower and Fridge-In-Drawer

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

John MacPeek has fond memories of living out of a suitcase when he first moved to Europe over two decades ago, so when he was looking to buy an apartment in Barcelona, he was ready to live in something compact where everything he owned was accounted for.

Seventies DIY Pioneer Publishes Book on Tiny Homes

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Kirsten Dirksen

Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter is a nod to the current "grassroots movement to scale things back," and in it he profiles about 150 builders who have created homes under 500 square feet.

Watch: Airline Exec Builds Observation Tower Treehouse As Tiny Home in Redwoods

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

In this video we visit Fred Reid's West Sonoma "spiritual sanctuary" where Scott Constable takes us for a tour inside the second growth redwood grove and up above in the roughly 200 square foot rustic, crafted home.

The Lives of Tiny House People: Direct Cinema Documentary (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Kirsten Dirksen

This week I released via YouTube -- in an attempt to make it some type of "of the people, for the people" -- my documentary We the Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters in the New and Old World.

WATCH: We the Tiny House People: Documentary Trailer

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Kirsten Dirksen

I continue to discover people who aren't even aware of this movement: iving in shipping containers, houseboats, tool sheds, former pigeon coops and treehouses. These stripped-down shelters reveal for us the essence of home.

WATCH: Tiny Stone Toolshed as Timeless Mediterranean Country Home

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Most of the windows, except for the large openings providing a view of the sea, are tiny. So from a distance, the home resembles yet another of the boulders dotting the mountainside.

WATCH: 96-Square-Foot Tiny Home Handbuilt Inside Century-Old Sheep Barn

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

The only real shelter on the property was an old sheep barn, leftover from when the property was homesteaded a century ago, so he decided to build a small shack inside the structure as a home.

Housekeeper Builds Garage-Sized Home on a Tiny Salary With No Mortgage (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

Johnny Sanphillippo has never made more than $20,000 per year (working mostly as a housekeeper), but he knew like "any other American" that he wanted to own his own home.

San Francisco's Smallest Legal Apartments Inspired by Airstream

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

Bay Area developer Patrick Kennedy wants to build the housing equivalent of the Smart Car. His SmartSpaces will be small -- just a couple hundred square feet -- and prefabricated.

Watch: Upscale Bay Area Home Made from Old Car Parts

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 02.13.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

When architect Karl Wanaselja built his home in Berkeley, California the junkyard became his urban forest for materials.

Low-rent Liveaboard Life in High-Rent San Francisco Bay

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Kirsten Dirksen

Fiver Brown's a musician, but according to his bio he's also worked as a pirate, rodeo clown and sushi photographer. He's the kind of guy who can't really afford to buy a home in Sausalito. So he bought a boat.

WATCH: A Man With 5 Tiny Homes in His Backyard: Micro-Architecture as Punk Rock

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

2011-10-04-Screenshot20111004at12.38.52PM.jpg He builds small and he works with a micro-budget. His Gottagiddaway AKA "$100 homeless hut" was built for about that.

Manhattan Shoebox Apartment: A 78-Square-Foot Live-In Closet (Video)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.01.2011 | New York
Kirsten Dirksen

Luke Clark Tyler is in a serial relationship with tiny homes. His last New York City apartment was just 96 square feet. His current place is even smaller.

Space Saving Furniture That Transforms One Room Into Two or Three (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 08.30.2011 | Style
Kirsten Dirksen

At a time when many of us -- due to finances, the environment or increasing urbanization -- are trying to put our homes on a diet, there's one obvious place to cut: our bedrooms.

Tiny Handmade Home Built with a Little Help from the Internet

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 07.27.2011 | Style
Kirsten Dirksen

Using the Internet as their guide, one month -- and a lot of sawing, sanding and shellacking -- later, they had their first home, dubbed Homemade Spaceship.

Simple Life Manhattan: A 90-Square-Foot Microstudio (Video)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kirsten Dirksen

While the average American is still living relatively large, there is a growing group of Tiny House People who are choosing to live in trailers, RVs, yurts, boats and very small houses.