tiny houses making a point

“What if you could build a different kind of castle?” asked ABC World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer.

Last night Sawyer presented tiny houses as an economic alternative to high mortgages. She focused on the realities of living full-time in a tiny house on wheels, with insights from two owners. Click to watch on ABC News.

Diane Sawyer, ABC News anchor, discusses the downsizing trend and features tiny houses and their inhabitants.

Diane Sawyer, ABC News anchor, discusses the downsizing trend and features tiny houses and their inhabitants.

Which tiny houses are shown?

Andrew Morrison shows his family home: The Morrisons created a modern, 221 sq. ft. haven filled with built-ins. They have a well equipped kitchen, two sleeping lofts, bathroom and places to eat, work and hang-out. (See a 28-minute video tour and buy house plans.)

Jay Austin shares the Matchbox home:  Jay Austin lives in Matchbox, a 146 sq. ft. home with neighbors at Boneyard Studios, DC. There’s a calm feeling inside, with plenty of kitchen space plus a full-screen TV in the loft. (See build story and a short video tour.)

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses also featured:  Throughout the ABC News coverage, many images of Tumbleweed houses get shown. Look out for the Elm, Linden, Cypress and Mica houses on wheels as well as the foundation-based Z-Glass. (All houses to buy or build.)

Something to think about, from ABC News

ABC’s Devin Dwyer explained that tiny houses are “marvels of architecture with tiny price tags, enticing buyers stressed out by full-sized mortgages.”

The idea of living with less and being mindful isn’t arcane.  When asked, Jay Austin paused and admitted he doesn’t miss much. “There are lessons for all of us,” declared Dwyer. “You may discover more of who you are, with less.”

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