Could you live in a home that is under 200 square feet?

Could you live in a 100 square foot home?

Here’s a note from Anna Weggel, who is helping out on the show this week, about a new passion of hers:

When a friend first showed me pictures of tiny houses, I was mildly intrigued. Three hours later, he had to pry his laptop out of my hands. That’s what happens when you start learning about small houses — you get sucked into a vortex of snapshots, videos, manifestos, blueprints, and by the end of your foray you feel absolutely convinced that you are going to shed yourself of 98 percent of your material possessions and pour a good chunk of your money into a 100 square foot, environmentally-friendly structure called “home”.

Tiny houses, aka “wee houses,” aka structures from the small house movement are just what their name says. They are houses that are very small, typically ranging from 100 to 1,000 square feet. Sometimes they are used as offices, cabins, or additions to houses, but other times they account for people’s entire living spaces. Sometimes they come from a company that specializes in these types of structures, and sometimes they are homebuilt by scrap materials that their owners scavenge.

Here’s a TEDx talk from Dee Williams, a woman who lives in an 84 square feet house in her friend’s backyard. She says she prefers the simple life, and that it makes her feel content:

We’ll talk about unbelievably small houses this coming Friday at 10 am with Geoffrey Warner, the WeeHouse creator, and Thomas Fisher, the dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

What do you think?