Each year in the United States, the number of people choosing to live in small spaces continues to grow. What is driving their decision? For many, it is one big reason: economic freedom.
Here is a list of the most popular compact dwellings we featured in 2015. Each one exemplifies the money-saving benefits associated with tiny house living.
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This Tiny Castle Will Let You Love Off-the-Grid
The Transforming Truck Castle took some mighty creative thinking to design. When parked it unfurls into an off-the-grid fortress. When it is time to hit the pavement, it folds back into a street-legal vehicle.
The tiny abode is loaded with money savings ideas like energy-generating solar panels that kick electricity bills to the curb. Our favorite built-in feature is the working bathtub on the rooftop patio.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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A Prefab That Can Withstand Wicked Weather
Home insurance deductibles on weather and natural disaster-related claims are no joke. They can cost homeowners thousands of dollars. But that would not be much of a concern if you lived in this sturdy little house by Cubicco. It was designed to withstand hurricanes, blizzards, and even earthquakes.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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You Can Live in a Midcentury Grain Silo
Are your heating and cooling costs too damn high? We got three words for you: Spray foam insulation. That's the secret ingredient that whittles down the power bills for this modern tiny house that was made using a midcentury grain silo.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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You Can Live in an Egg Shaped Pod
There are a gazillion "concept" houses online that never get built. We are glad to report that the Ecocapsule is not one of them. In fact, you can preorder the "exclusive series" version of this portable off-the-grid home right now, or you can wait until the "affordable series" is available.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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The Cheapest Airbnb Rental Ever
A tiny house like the One SQM House located in Berlin, Germany can make your next vacation way more affordable. This pocket-sized adobe can be all yours for less than two dollars per night.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Live Rent Free and Off The Grid
The Wohnwagen is a self-sufficient mobile home loaded with features that make living off the grid no biggie. Our favorite is the green roof that harvests both rain and greywater.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Tiny Houses are Great for Families
We all know that raising kids isn't cheap. But you may not know that your largest child care expense is housing. The Mini Motives house cost only $12,000 to build, and it is allowing one family to live blissfully mortgage free.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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You Can Build This Hobbit Home in Three Days
Earth shelter homes (aka Hobbit houses) are constructed underground, so they stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, buried buildings like these when done right are expensive because they require a lot of extra work to make them mold and water resistant. One innovated building company solved this problem, and now they are offering an affordable Tolkien-esque abode you can build with a couple of friends in three days.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Tiny House Living Makes Homeownership a Reality
Hari and Karl Berzins were hit hard by the recession. In 2008, they lost not only their business but also their house. Living in a compact dwelling rent-free for several years made it possible for them to rebuild their lives. They created a new business that helps others build tiny houses, and they were able to save enough money to construct a larger dwelling that's both clutter and mortgage free.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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A Tiny House You Can Almost Build
Building a teeny house from scratch yourself can save you a bundle, but it is not an option that is on the table for most people. Monarch Tiny Homes gets that so they created a dwelling called Half/Half House that splits the difference.