In the opening of a post
yesterday about a stunning manufactured vacation home in Spain, I mentioned the small house trend (said vacation home itself isn’t so tiny) and its symbiotic relationship with prefab building — a majority of the noteworthy prefab homes I’ve featured are, in fact, pint-sized by most standards, some impossibly so.
Well, you know that the small house movement has truly entered America’s collective consciousness when PBS interrupts regularly scheduled programming — Lawrence Welk marathon, anyone? — to document the topic with an excellent news segment. The segment recently aired on Need to Know
, a weekly news program that’s filling in the Friday evening vacancy left by Bill Moyers.
The segment is embedded below and certainly worth a look. Since home “downsizing” isn't exactly a new topic here on MNN you might spot some familiar homes and faces including Olympia, Washington's Dee Williams
, a noted small house proselytizer/educator and de facto cover girl of the movement. The segment kicks of with an insightful, claustrophobia-inducing tour of her self-built, 84 square foot home, "The Little House," that's "parked" in the backyard of an elderly friend. I last mentioned Williams in a post
about Don Vardo, a teeny-weeny backyard office/retreat on wheels that she designed.