In a fascinating — if a bit claustrophobia-inducing — recent profile of Glenn Grassi, a Colorado-based theater set designer who hand-built a teensy-tiny (84 square feet!) microhome on wheels complete with composting toilet and wood-burning stove, The New York Times wondered how tiny the tiny house movement can actually go.
For Lulu, a tiny house dweller and single mom in California, that magic number — a number that often straddles the line between pared-down, comfortable living and straight-out claustrophobia — just happens to be 288 square feet.
Recently featured by the gang over at faircompanies, Lulu’s downsized 8x20 shipping container home (her cozy, stargazing-ready sleeping quarters are located in an adjacent shed built atop a trailer) may not be for everyone, but for Lulu, it’s a tiny slice of paradise. And it's certainly a mansion compared to Grassi's home. Even then, Lulu, who transformed the shipping container into a home by hand for $4,000 with no previous experience and using only recycled/salvaged building materials, admits that "I think I'm a little claustrophobic, so the storage container was a little daunting, but I got the container for free."
I mean this was really a choice about, you know, how many hours do we have to our life and how do I want to spend those hours and really about do I want to go and work more than 10, 20, 30 hours a week so that I can pay rent to have a big house so that I can be a healthy normal mom. So this was my choice and she's [Lulu’s daughter] definitely complained at times, but I also know that we have spent way more hours than I would have if I had to pay rent.