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California's Owner-Builder Movement

September/October 2015
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2015 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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August 31, 2015
Living Simply Before Tiny Houses
For several years, tiny houses have been gaining in popularity and media coverage—there are tiny-house blogs, tiny-house books, and even a show called Tiny House Hunters on HGTV. I knew this subject had arrived when an article titled “Tiny Houses Big With U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom” was featured in Bloomberg Business in July 2014. One happy owner was pictured in his loft bed, in an attractive cabin with a wood-burning stove, composting toilet, and solar power. According to the article, “tiny-housers” are motivated by many things, including not wanting to “tether themselves to a mortgage.”

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