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Fresno Passes Groundbreaking ‘Tiny House’ Rules. It may seem surprising that Fresno, better known for sprawling new developments, is paving the way when it comes to rules for eco-conscious tiny houses.

Fresno Passes Groundbreaking ‘Tiny House’ Rules

“We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’ ” says Mayor Ashley Swearingen. “If there’s one thing that Californians should know about Fresno, it’s that we are full of surprises. And just when you’ve think you’ve pegged us to be one type of community, we’ll surprise you.” Fresno’s new rules specifically pertain to tiny homes on wheels, which are often treated like RVs in other cities. So that means there are limits on where and how long they can be parked. Mom downsizes for incredibly small house.

In Northeast D.C., Brian Levy seeks to spark a revolution with his innovative micro-house. Brian Levy is leading his own quiet experiment on a pie-shaped, 5,000-square-foot lot in Northeast Washington.

In Northeast D.C., Brian Levy seeks to spark a revolution with his innovative micro-house

As new homes get larger and larger in many neighborhoods throughout the region, Levy is attempting to prove that less is more. Levy’s house is 11 feet wide and 22 feet long, with 210 square feet of interior space. The house has a galley kitchen and space to accommodate a small dinner party. It also has a full-size bed — although he can’t sleep overnight there because of a provision in District law.

This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year. Another American city is embracing the idea of small homes that'll make a big difference.

This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year

The city of Portland, Oregon, is nearing approval of construction for tiny home communities on public land in order to house homeless and low-income residents, the Oregonian reported. Josh Alpert, the city's director of strategic initiatives under Mayor Charlie Hales, said it's not so much a question of if, but rather, when the homes will be built in partnership with Multnomah County, according to the news source. The city will ask various public branches in the area -- including Portland Public Schools -- to provide surplus land for the homes. "Before people can get back on their feet and take advantage of job training and drug and alcohol counseling, they need a place to live," Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury said Wednesday, according to the Oregonian. "This helps accomplish that. " "It's exciting.

Portland hopes to have the first micro-community in place by February of next year. Build a tiny house for $30,000. Jay Shafer, The Man With A Tiny House, Has Had To Expand. When Jay Shafer invited "Oprah Show" cameras into his house in 2007, viewers were blown away by the size of his place.

Jay Shafer, The Man With A Tiny House, Has Had To Expand

At just 96 square feet, Shafer's home was one of the tiniest most had ever seen. "[We're] stepping off the veranda into what I like to call the 'great room,'" Shafer said back then, gesturing to a cozy corner with two small chairs and, surprisingly, a micro-mini fireplace. As cameras panned the place, Shafer pointed out a big benefit to living in the tiny house.

"This place has more storage per square foot than most houses would," he said. Shafer also showed off his kitchen and 3.5-foot sleeping space, explaining the appeal of his unconventional living arrangement. Seven years after first touring Shafer's tiny house, "Oprah: Where Are They Now? " "Things have changed a lot for me," Shafer says.

The reason for the upgrade? Shafer, his wife and two young children continue to live comfortably and efficiently, even though it may be hard for some to understand. Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness. Advocates tackling the nation's homeless problem are thinking small.

Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness

This Adorable Home Isn't What You Think It Is (PHOTOS) Mobile Web - News - Oakland artist turns trash into homes for the homeless. By Matthew Artz Oakland Tribune Posted: 01/08/2014 09:03:02 AM PST8 Comments|Updated: 4 months ago OAKLAND -- Gregory Kloehn can turn just about anything into a home.

Mobile Web - News - Oakland artist turns trash into homes for the homeless

The Oakland artist spends his summers in Brooklyn living in a dumpster he outfitted with granite countertops, hardwood floors, a rooftop deck, plumbing and a barbecue grill. But his proudest creations are even cozier structures that he gives to homeless people in his neighborhood. Kloehn's "little homeless homes" are about the size of a sofa, but they come with a pitched roof to keep out the rain and wheels so recipients can roll them around town. So far Kloehn has built 10 of the tiny houses using mostly illegally dumped trash that piles up on the streets in a semi-industrial section of West Oakland. Learning to Live a Self-Sufficient Life - Homesteading and Livestock. In June 2004, my wife, Summer, and I arrived at the 40 vacant acres of grass and woods we had just purchased, nestled in the hills of southwest Wisconsin.

Learning to Live a Self-Sufficient Life - Homesteading and Livestock

Summer was six months pregnant, and we had our work cut out for us to get a warm shelter built before the cold set in. We came with high hopes and a solid work ethic. We also brought with us feelings of freedom, concern from our families, and anxiety over what we were about to embark upon. Both of us had been preparing for this step into self-sufficient life since we were teenagers, saving money and learning old-fashioned skills, natural building techniques, and various arts and crafts (including blacksmithing and fiber arts). We worked on conventional and organic farms, learning to live simply within limited means.