Newlyweds Adam and Karen are tired of city life, so they're trading their 750-square-foot condo in Jersey City, NJ, for a place in the country. The catch? They want to downsize, so they're looking for a tiny house on a large secluded plot of land. But exactly how tiny the house should be is up for debate. Sustainability consultant Adam thinks they should go for something less than 500 square feet, while Karen's idea of downsizing isn't quite so radical. As a teacher and artist, she still wants to have room for her art supplies and paintings, not to mention her clothes! And that's not the end of their disagreements: Adam thinks they should forego a septic system and get a composting toilet, an idea that Karen is definitely not okay with. She wants something that flushes! Can these two work out their differences and find the tiny house of their dreams?
Looking to leave their busy L.A. life behind, Dan, Cindy and their 4 kids are moving to rural upstate New York, and downsizing from 2500 square feet to a tiny home of less than 600 square feet. They're budgeting just 100 square feet per person, which will be a major change for them all. Buying the home with their all cash budget will allow them the freedom to travel and live debt-free. But after looking at miniscule fixers with only 1 bedroom, and a rustic cabin in the woods with an outhouse as its bathroom, will the realities of going tiny be too much to handle for this family with young kids?
Oregon pear farmers, Ben and Erin, are building a custom home on their orchard. Since they don't want to cut down any of their money-making trees, the house has to fit on a tiny 600 square feet plot. After looking at several upscale, ultra-modern, prefab homes, which one will they choose to be driven and dropped off among the pears?
Sound healer Melanie loves small spaces: she's currently living in a shed on a friend's property. Since small is her preference, she's decided that she's ready to buy a tiny home, with a twist: she prefers that her tiny home be circular, for good acoustics. However, she's open to all kinds of unconventional tiny homes such as sandbag homes, yurts or treehouses. She's also thinking that to get more space in her home, she'd like to have her bathroom and kitchen outside. Her best friend Grant has his work cut out for him, trying to keep her from becoming too unrealistic. Can she find a tiny house that suits her quirky personality but isn't completely impractical?
Firefighter and empty nester, Nicki, wants to simplify her life by downsizing from her 2400 square foot house to a much smaller home - really small. She's looking for a place that's no more than 300 square feet - 1/8th the size of her current home. Since she also wants the freedom to move the house anywhere, she's looking for a portable tiny house on wheels. Working with a budget of $40,000, she's hoping to get a house with architectural interest. A Victorian, Cape Cod or a cottage with a little color would be ideal. Even though she's willing to sacrifice having bedroom by getting a sleeping loft, she still wants a fully equipped kitchen and full bathroom. Another consideration is having enough space for her 6 foot 5 inch boyfriend and fellow firefighter, Tudor, who is helping her on this house hunt. As Nicki looks at homes that range from 96 to 240 square feet, she'll learn about the other challenges of going small.
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