Home design: Living large in a tiny house

Written by: Jane Schreier Jones

The latest buzz in home design is the “tiny house.” Not since the concept of “condos” was introduced has there been a truly new idea in home ownership.

While the typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, a tiny house is usually around 100-400 square feet. Everything you need—including kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area as well as electrical, heat, and plumbing—is included in a compact and efficient living space.

“Your tiny houses can be simple and rustic, outside and in—or as elegant as you wish, with granite countertops, wood flooring, and other upscale appointments,” says Darin Zaruba, president of EcoCabins, a Colorado-based company offering factory-built and DIY tiny houses, cabins, and cottages.

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