Reading the New Yorker last week, I became fascinated by the idea of tiny houses. Have you heard of this phenomenon, mes amis? Only about 120 square feet, these small structures look like playhouses — but they’re actually full-functioning dwellings complete with running water, bathrooms and kitchens.
Tiny houses are built on trailer platforms, so they’re completely mobile. But because their small size usually violates building codes, it’s often illegal to live in one. This doesn’t seem to detract “clausterphiles,” as one tiny house aficionado described himself in the article. In recent years, perhaps because of the economic downtown, tiny houses have become extremely popular — spawning fascinating websites like the Tiny House Blog or the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. (The two photos above picture a Tumbleweed tiny house.)
As much as I love airy rooms and gigantic kitchens, I have to admit there’s something appealing about the idea of a tiny, cozy, portable house. What do you think, mes amis? Would you live in one?
The fascinating New Yorker article is available here for subscribers (with an abstract for non-subscribers, who could also check out the issue at the library.)