In America, size matters — but not for dwellers at the forefront of the latest housing trend.
The U.S. is in the throes of a boom in specialty housing, a trend euphemistically referred to as the "tiny house movement." Spurred in part by the high cost of renting and owning, a number of homeowners are literally downsizing their residences to houses that are often a fraction of the size of a typical house.
According to The Tiny Life, an online resource for those looking to make the switch, the average tiny house is less than 200 square feet — less than a tenth of the size of a standard home. These micro-residences are so small that it's easy to mistake them for recreational vehicles.
Just down the road from the 128,000-square-foot Biltmore Estate last weekend, some 350 people gathered to get ideas about how to live without so much space. Most of the homes showcased at the Tiny House Conference could easily fit into the living room of the house George Vanderbilt built.