On a recent episode of “Anderson,” giggle-prone silver fox and ladies denim scion Anderson Cooper’s eponymous syndicated daytime gabfest, the topic de jour was families embarking on creative money-saving campaigns. Not surprisingly, the episode included a segment profiling a home-owning couple who, when the going got rough, opted to simplify their lives and dramatically downsize abodes. 


After losing their business, a restaurant, during the recession, Carl and Hari sold their comfortable three-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot home and began living in an 168-square-foot shed built primarily from Craigstlist-sourced reclaimed materials for $12,000. While the 8-by-12-foot tiny home is mighty cute, let’s not forget that the Carl and Hari aren’t its only inhabitants: their two elementary school-aged children live there as well, sharing a sleeping loft above the bathroom. As Hari explains in the below video, the cheap-to-heat tiny house is just a temporary housing solution while the couple saves enough cash to build a larger (but still small-ish) mortgage-free home complete with a bathtub and "alone time" spaces. Here’s hoping it happens before the kids hit puberty …


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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Watch: Anderson Cooper tackles tiny houses
Anderson Cooper talks tiny houses with a family of 4 who shed nearly 1,300 square feet to live more simply — and cheaply — in an 8-by-12 home.