A Little Bit Bigger Small house living doesn’t necessarily entail living in a house the size of a Ford Ranger. In fact, I don’t think most lives would fit into a single parking space. In its original and I believe its truest form, the Small House Movement was created not so much as a showcase for living, “… tinier than thou, but rather people making their own choices toward simpler and smaller living however they feel best fits their life”. –Greg Johnson, co-founder and president of the Small House Society, 2002. The Marmara is considerably larger than my tiniest houses. At 262 square feet downstairs and an additional 250 square feet for proposed loft space, it’s nearly three times the size. Among other features, the Marmara allows for the finished design to contain a full-sized bed downstairs, along with a kitchen, large washroom, a great room with a cathedral ceiling, and more than 70 square feet of storage. There are two sleeping/storage lofts to accommodate four occupants comfortably and/or a lot of surplus storage. The little gas fireplace is by Jotul.
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“Living small is a luxury. When you live in a tiny house, you only have room for the things that truly matter. You have to choose what’s essential.”
Jay Shafer, founder of Four Lights Tiny House Company and author of “The Small House” is widely recognized for designing some of the most high-functioning tiny homes available. They are “100 square feet of bliss,” says Thelma Gutierrez of CNN.
Over the past decade or so, a movement towards smaller houses and simpler living has taken root in America. Economies and sensibilities have shifted, and people everywhere are trading in their Mcmansions and lifetime mortgages for homes that are small, well-designed, and affordable. Luckily for Jay, these homes are his specialty! Four Lights Tiny House Company puts the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
Shafer started building tiny houses in the late 90s, and since then his designs have been featured on CNN, Oprah, and in The New York Times. He won the Natural Home’s ‘Home of the Year Award’ for Innovative Design in 2000. Since 1997, Jay has lived in a house that is 96-square-feet. “I wanted to live in a place that expressed my ethics as aesthetics. I wanted to express simplicity,” he says. He is living simply, and simply happy!
In renowned tiny-house-designer Jay Shafer’s world, bigger is definitely not better.