Full-Size Man Gives Tour of His Absurdly Tiny House

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This impossibly tiny, 100 square foot house contains tiny chairs, a tiny fireplace, and a tiny loft with a tiny window which serves as a tiny bedroom. But of course its owner couldn't help springing for the 15" MacBook.


Jay Shafer is the ingenuous architect and unfortunate resident of this tiny house, one of many he has built as part of his Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He's been living in the above house since 1997—this tiny tour was filmed in 2007—but he's still actively building new postage stamp mansions today.

Says Shafer, on that first house:

I call the first of my little hand built houses Tumbleweed. My decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns I had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because I do not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space. My houses have met all of my domestic needs without demanding much in return. The simple, slower lifestyle my homes have afforded is a luxury for which I am continually grateful.

Now I ask myself: Does this make me feel better about my comparatively luxurious (but objectively cramped) Manhattan apartment or worse for being so comparatively inefficient with my space? I'd contemplate it while doing some soothing pacing, but, you know. [Tumbleweed via Laughing Squid]



Do you find something comical about me when I'm in my domicile? Everyone needs a domicile, even the very tall, and this is the largest domicile I could afford. So, does that mean I have to be a subject of fun?