Tiny Seattle Living With All the Upgrades

Brand-new, luxury smart house. Built in the Pacific Northwest by licensed professionals who build tiny houses for HGTV. RVIA Certified with title. I designed the layout to include as much usable space as possible. The tiny house is 8×20, which manages to provide all the comforts and features of a larger home while still staying true to what is considered “tiny”. The house has proven to be an excellent space to live in for two people and two small dogs! It’s also an excellent income property.

Features: Large kitchen with stove, granite counter-tops, pantry drawer, instant hot water, water filter in sink faucet, pasta arm above stove, and a sleek apartment sized fridge. A large butcher block bar that folds up to reveal a 50″ TV (remote lift from underneath cabinet). Enough space across from TV for a sofa. A washer/dryer combo in the closet. A private office/room that can be closed off by a barn door. Full bathroom with shower and compost toilet (waterless). A ceiling fan for cooling, an in-wall heater for heating. All-electric home, which can enable this house to be ran entirely on solar (no need to refuel gasses). Appliances work wonderfully at 220. Loft space is large and accommodates a king sized bed, accessible with a ladder. A skylight in the loft (that can open) to gaze out at the stars. Built-in ceiling speakers. Storage space connected on exterior. Custom made craftsman style front door. Bamboo floors throughout.

In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet (247.3 m2) in 2013, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige.

The small house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2). Frequently the distinction is made between small (between 400 square feet (37 m2) and 1,000 square feet (93 m2)), and tiny houses (less than 400 square feet (37 m2)), with some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m2). Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the recent countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House (1997). Earlier pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter (1973) and Lester Walker, author of ″Tiny Houses″ (1987). Henry David Thoreau, and the publication of his book "Walden" is also quoted as early inspiration.

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Marianne Cusato developed Katrina Cottages, that start at 308 square feet (28.6 m2) as an alternative to FEMA trailers. Though these were created to provide a pleasant solution to a disaster zone, Cusato received wider interest in her design from developers of resorts, for example.

With the financial crisis of 2007–08, the small house movement attracted more attention as it offers housing that is more affordable and ecologically friendly. Overall, however, it represents a very small part of real estate transactions. Thus only 1% of home buyers acquire houses of 1,000 square feet (93 m2) or less. Small houses are also used as accessory dwelling units (or ADUs), to serve as additional on-property housing for aging relatives or returning children, as a home office, or as a guest house. Typical costs are about $20,000 to $50,000 as of 2012.

Small and tiny houses have received increasing media coverage including a serial television show, Tiny House Nation, in 2014 and Tiny House Hunters. The possibility of building one's own home has fueled the movement, particularly for tiny houses on wheels. Tiny houses on wheels are often compared to RVs. However, tiny houses are built to last as long as traditional homes, they use traditional building techniques and materials, and they are aesthetically similar to larger homes.

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