For reasons ranging from financial prudence to ecological sensitivity, the so-called tiny-house movement has taken hold in cities such as Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Now the trend, which advocates living in homes of just 100 to 400 square feet, is coming to Scottsdale.
Taylor Vos is building a 400-square-foot home that is believed to be Scottsdale’s first tiny house. The average home in the United States is 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Vos, who is an urban planner, spent six months traveling the country with his wife, Annie, in a conversion van. After the experience, he realized living in a small space was possible and is building his tiny house for environmental and financial reasons. His wife will be attending graduate school and they are looking to cut costs in order to afford tuition. Ideally, they would like to commit to living in the tiny house for three years.
“Beyond that, we’d like to be in a small house, but the reason why we wouldn’t commit to a (tiny) house for 10 years is that we don’t know what our jobs are going to be,” he said.
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