Sunday, January 4, 2009

Smaller House Has Many Benefits

In a nation where homes have been getting steadily larger for decades, Jay Shafer thinks "cozy" may be ready for a comeback. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports, Shafer builds and designs tiny houses - and lives in one himself.

"The small space is a symbol of something else," Shafer says. "I think it's a symbol of a desire for a more simple life."

The founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Shafer has become a sort of guru to a small house movement. For those who have little need for elbow room, he has a whole catalog of tiny houses. At $20,000 to $40,000 apiece, he'll build and deliver them almost anywhere.

Admittedly, these designs may be a bit smaller than you can imagine living with, especially with children, but it does provide food for thought on your own downsize possibilities.

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"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

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