Tiny Homes in Sioux City, Iowa

Sioux City Journal Aug 23, 2013. Article by Brett Hayworth. Photo by Dawn J. Sagert

Dakota Dunes this ain’t.

Carter Smith, 24, has downsized after moving out of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Vermillion, S.D. Downsized in this case means relocating into one of the smallest homes in Sioux City, fitting his possessions and two cats into 387 square feet at 1120 17th St.

   “I lost a lot of space,” Smith said. “I like it. It is a good change of pace.”

   Woodbury County Assessor Office records show there are eight single-family homes with less than 400 square feet of space in Sioux City. The smallest, in the 2500 block of South St. Aubin Street, is 312 square feet.

   Andrea Cook’s house, at 2325 W. 14th St., is about 40 square feet bigger. She moved in two months ago.

   “I just knew it was less than 500 …. This is the first time I’ve ever lived in a small house,” she said.

   Cook, 48, said she enjoys the simple, one-bedroom rental home, which was built in 1925 and has an assessed value of $13,800. She’s had to use a walker since losing motor skills following a head injury, she said.…

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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:

3 Responses to Tiny Homes in Sioux City, Iowa

  1. Why can't people show more of the inside. There are as many outside of the houses as people on this planet but it is how you make a small space work that I am interested in. More inside pictures are needed.

  2. I agree that it would be nice to see more interior pictures in posts about tiny homes, but on the other hand I appreciate the time people take on what is written about and posted free for all to see :).

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