The (Green) Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement experienced a surge of sorts when a recent video hit front page Yahoo! But the movement has been growing in popularity over time, especially during the rough and tumble of the last few years.  Tiny houses often include green elements or can be seen as inherently green because they’re small and require tiny amounts of water and energy.  PBS picked up on the topic and published this video embedded above.

Tiny houses are interesting and inspiring.  Frivolous use of space simply can’t be allowed, and objects usually work double- or triple-duty.  Roofs capture rainwater and provide shade.  Furniture transforms to a various uses.  Here are a few tiny homes worth seeing:

Tiny homes tend to attract DIYers and folks seeking a new way of living.  Plans are available for purchase all over the place.  Some of the main companies include Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Tiny Texas Houses, Portland Alternative Dwellings, and Tiny Green Cabins, to name a few.

If you have a green tiny house project, we’d love to talk and share some of what you’ve discovered here on Jetson Green.  Indeed, we’ve been thinking about our own modern tiny house project for several months and may just push it forward. It’s only a matter of time …

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  • Caroleor

    Wow, she’s from Portland (I live near there).

    Thanks for the interesting video.

    I live in a small house. Not as small as these, but small by today’s standards at around 1500. I don’t have a ton of excess stuff, partly because I’ve never felt having more stuff was important, and partly because in a smaller home, less is more.

    I’m not sure I could live in a home as small as these are (congrats to those who are doing it), but what a great thing for people who maybe can’t afford to get into the housing market, or who want/need to seriously down size. And the fact that the house can move right along with a person is fantastic. It would even make a great camper!

    I find it refreshing that people are ditching the McMansions (and hope the trend will continue), and I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before we’re living in ‘normal’ sized dwellings again.

  • Diygirl

    That’s some great advice on sustainability. I’m recently in the middle of a remodel and trying to incorporate green living starting with our windows! I will definitely keep your blog in mind during my remodel journey.
    Please check out my blog at
    I’d love to hear what you think!

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