Let's Get Small

By David A. Greene / Published by Dwell
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This week I'm staying in Sebastopol, California, home of the Tiny Tumbleweed House Co, recently featured in a New York Times article about the new "trend" of tiny houses. (Meaning less than 1,000 square feet—sometimes much less.)

In July, Jay Shafer, Tumbleweed’s founder, and Greg Johnson, a Tumbleweed House owner (and founder of the Small House Society in Iowa City) put Johnson's 140-square-foot abode on a trailer and drove from Victoria, British Columbia, to San Diego, to spread the gospel of getting small. Another bonus of building (and buying) small can be found on the Tumbleweed website: Jay Shafer himself answers consumers' comments, with useful info about his products. When was the last time you saw that on a corporate builder's website?


David A. Greene


Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.

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