If I was a single man, never planned on getting married, or never wanted kids, I could definitely see myself buying and living in one of these houses from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. The houses range in size from 65 square feet all the way up to a whopping 392 square feet, some of them are on wheels so you can take them anywhere, and the smaller ones don’t even need a building permit to put one up on your property. Before I say anymore about them, let’s take a look at a few pictures of them:
XS-House, 65 sq feet, Ready made: $36,997 Build it yourself: $16,000
Weebee, 102 sq feet, Ready made: $45,997 Build it yourself: $21,150
Epu, 89 sq feet, Ready made: $42,997 Build it yourself: $19,950
Could you live in any of these? I sometimes dream of having something like that beautiful Epu home somewhere in the forest, serving as a “get away” cabin where I can be with nature and get some writing done. No phones, no TV, no noise, no nothing – just a nice home, with some nice things, and the outdoors. How much more simple can you get? Living in one of these houses, you would have to keep your possessions to a minimum, very organized, and live a very simple, purposeful life. The owner/builder of the company, Jay Shafer, has this to say about his homes and about living in one of them:
My name is Jay Shafer and since 1997 I have been living in a house smaller than some people’s closets. I call the first of my little hand built houses Tumbleweed. My decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns I had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because I do not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space. My houses have met all of my domestic needs without demanding much in return. The simple, slower lifestyle my homes have afforded is a luxury for which I am continually grateful.
And I will leave you with this: a video tour of the inside of Jay’s home:
Pretty cool, right? Would you ever, or could you ever, live this simply? I dream that I actually could! If you want more information about them, check out the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company