The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company specializes in very small homes — their smallest is 64 square feet, the largest pre-built available is only 117 square feet. Founded by master builder Jay Shafer, this small company has built a reputation as THE place to go for ultra small living space. Jay and his company have been featured on CNN, Oprah, NPR, CBS News, and in tons of magazines and newspapers.

I think the next few years will be good to Tumbleweed. As the housing bubble continues to rapidly deflate, people are starting to downgrade the size of their living space. When it was easy to get a loan for $500,000, it made sense to get into a 3,500 square foot monster home. Now that the mortgage market has tightened and people's wallets are getting pinched by layoffs and pay cuts, a smaller living space starts to look more attractive, even a very very small living space. Maybe especially.

Most of the country wouldn't even think it possible to live in something 100 square feet, but there's a big enough (and growing) pocket of consumers who are hip to the beautiful challenge of existing in a space smaller than some people's bathrooms. Simple is back and will only get stronger as more folks realize the benefits of ultra-small living: electricity bills for a buck a month, heating bills not much larger, and with less room to clutter, the time spent cleaning is dramatically slashed.

Here's a video tour company founder Jay Shafer gave of his own 100 square foot home:

Here are a couple of shots of the interior of the Tarleton Model (117 square feet, $46,997 fully built):

I want one!

Link [Tumbleweed Tiny House Company]

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

2009 will be small
After years of upgrading the size of our homes, 2009 will be the start of going small- in some cases VERY small.