It was 1998 when architect Sarah Susank penned “The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Live” that people began to pay attention to this tiny house idea. Still, it was slow to start.
When Ideas of Living Small Caught on Fire
In the year 2000, Jay Shafer was the very first person to place a tiny home on wheels. It was a mere 90 square feet and he began building it in 1999 and moved into it officially in 2000. The fanfare that he received led him to help others by building tiny homes when commissioned to do so. This led to the founding of the first-ever Small House Society in 2002.
In 2006, Shafer’s business partner Gary Johnson was interviewed by NPR.
Then there came a segment on Oprah. The phone started to ring and one of the calls was a publisher, asking Gary to write a book about tiny homes.
In 2008, Johnson’s book, “Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned From Living in Less Than 140 Square Feet” hit the shelves. Within weeks the mortgage crisis swept across America and the timing was simply perfect for the tiny home movement to take off like a wildfire.
Images: Left – Shaye’s Tiny Homes NZ. Right – Prefab Tiny Home Koto X Abodu