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10 Homes of the Future ... Today


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Tumbleweed Tiny Houses
The Epu, an 89-square-foot house owned by the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jay Shafer.
The Epu, an 89-square-foot house owned by the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jay Shafer.

Many of the homes of the future we've featured so far are average-sized or on the larger side. Let's look at another potential trend in future homes that exists today: the smaller home. The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company takes the idea of downsizing to a whole new level. The company sells houses and house plans that are less than 100 square feet (9.29 square meters), although it also offers cottage plans as big as 877 square feet (81.4 square meters).

On the bigger end, the Popomo is 172 square feet (15.9 square meters) and can be towed easily by a full-sized truck. In fact, it's built on a flatbed trailer, making it a rolling small house. Despite its tiny size, it has a kitchen with full-sized cabinets, a living room and a bedroom that's a little bit smaller than a queen-sized mattress. There's also a tiny bathroom that's a "wet bath" -- meaning the whole room is sealed off and becomes the shower. A propane fireplace keeps it warm, and there are huge windows on one side.

The homes that are meant to stay in one place, or box bungalows, are so small you don't usually need a building permit. Some of them have space for a sleeping loft, or the company suggests a Murphy bed or fold-up furniture. They're surprisingly cute and stylish for such tiny homes, and if you're worried about your carbon footprint, a tiny house might be the way to go. The founder of the company lives in an 89-square-foot (8.26-square-meter) home himself.


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