Tiny Homes Are Where the Heart Is (Interview)

“Smith and Mueller set out to find what makes a home feel like home in their upcoming documentary, ‘TINY.’ They state houses have doubled in size since 1970, yet people don’t necessarily feel more at home in them. Thus, in their search, they’ve honed in on the folks of the tiny house movement.

Their findings were clear: “It is very rarely the size of a house that makes it feel like a home, so much as the relationships we fill them with.”

‘So far we have found that for most people, home is more about the people they live with or near rather than the physical structure itself,’ they said, noting that while many still enjoy the aesthetics of their small homes, people tended to place more emphasis on the world outside—their communities, or the land they live on.

There was a general agreement among people they met along the way that ‘…living small has shaped their lives for the better.'”

Published on November 27, 2011, by Joshua Philipp


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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