In the United States, home sizes have been doubling. Couples like Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller have realized that size is not the most important thing to them. Instead, they have joined the “small house movement.” They believe that efficiency and green living is much more important. Together, they decided to build a house together.
Christopher and Merete had no building experience whatsoever when they began their project.
They decided to build their dream home.
And it was going to be “small house.”
It was trial and error, but the couple kept an open mind.
They could transport their little house anywhere.
But eventually decided to settle down outside of Boulder, Colorado.
Christopher tried to think of what would be inside of his dream home.
It turns out, all he required were necessities.
They are now part of a “tiny house movement.” Many people are learning to reduce their footprint.
They built their house on a flatbed trailer.
Together, they learned many skills in order to build a house from scratch.
Several times, the couple had to approach helpful employees at stores like Home Depot to figure out how to get everything finished.
They did a damn good job of it.
Their tiny house sits on almost five acres of land in Colorado.
Prior to starting the project, Christopher spent a lot of time on sites like YouTube learning necessary skills.
The home is economical in space and energy efficient.
A queen-sized bed in the loft area.
The home was built to run on solar power.
They have installed a composting toilet.
The space inside is cozy, and there is more than enough room for just two people.
Because Christopher and Merete moved a lot in their 20s, they didn’t have a lot of possessions between them.
It was easy to live together in such a small space.
The couple proves that bigger isn’t necessarily better.
“The world gets a lot bigger when you’re living small because I can afford to do a lot more things now in terms of cash and time. The whole world is my living room.”
“We don’t all have to give up our material possessions and live in 89 square feet but let’s think about giving up our McMansions and building a little smarter.”
To learn more about the small house movement, watch Tiny. The movie includes a segment on this couple and others like them who are looking to live in smaller houses.
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