We love our homes, but there are days when we’d rather run away with the circus before pulling out the vacuum again, spending another long day repainting faded walls or porches, or, because of our very modern affliction of too-much-stuff-itis, reorganizing our kitchens or offices. That’s why we were intrigued by Tiny, a documentary we saw at this year’s Berkshire International Film Festival.
From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in the United States doubled. Can you believe that? But some folks are bucking the trend and thinking small. As in Tiny, which chronicles a young couple who construct their own 124-square-foot mini casa. There are plenty of other people around the world who’ve gotten in on the tiny-house movement, which traces its roots back to Henry David Thoreau’s journey into the woods to live more simply and deliberately. The film is a fascinating look at the movement, how those who decide to think small determine which comforts and possessions they can and can’t live without, and how some really ingenious design innovations are being made in order to accommodate this pared-down, mobile lifestyle. The film’s website is also chock-full of information, including links to blogs about tiny-house living and builders who specialize in these small spaces.
What do you think? Could you live in a small space like one of these?