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The Tiny House Movement

Michael Salguero | Posted 11.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Salguero

Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores -- it's a lifestyle change all about living with less and decreasing environmental impact over time.

Nights at the Museum: Family Lives in Art Gallery (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 02.17.2013 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Artist Omar Sherzad learned about woodworking from his father. When he opened a workshop/gallery in Barcelona, he wanted his own children to learn from his work as well. So he installed beds in the walls.

LOOK: Micro-Sized Condos, Houses And A Cabin For Sale

Posted 10.19.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Do you like the idea of D.C.'s new micro-condos? D.C. Mud reported this week that The Wharf -- the $2 billion development planned for...

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!

A Tiny Home For A Family Of Three

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.15.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

When designer Monica Potvin and her husband Marquel bought a small apartment in Barcelona's Poble Nou neighborhood, they had no plans of having children so they knocked down walls to create an open studio space with plenty of light.

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.

Zen Meets Tiny Homes: Movable Paper Walls Transform Spaces (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Inspired by Japanese homes, the architects not only made the bathroom the center of the living space, but he copied the concept of Shoji "paper" panels. They don't simply view the doors as dividers, but as a way to change their clients' perspective on their home.

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.

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: Architect & Carpenter Craft Tiny Passive Solar Backyard Hideaway

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

At 120 square feet their backyard hideaway was carefully designed to maximize space. The space is condensed, but Sarah Deeds sees that as an advantage: it puts you closer to your views and nature.

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: 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.

WATCH: Berkeley Artist Builds Luxury Home In A Trash Dumpster

Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.30.2011 | San Francisco

Bay Area real estate isn't cheap. And we've seen some innovative ways to get around the cost of living. But Berkeley-based artist Gregory Kloehn t...

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.