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The Olympian: Tiny house movement inspires big ideas in Olympia

From The Olympian.

Life has certainly gotten bigger for Dee Williams since the release of “The Big Tiny,” her memoir about living in an 84-square-foot house on Olympia’s west side.

Nestled in the backyard of close friends, the house has taught Williams the art of downsizing — and how a pair of shoes can be a tripping hazard.

The house has no running water or refrigerator. Williams showers at friends’ houses and said her monthly utility bill averages less than $10.

After 11 years, Williams has found freedom from debt and material possessions.

“It’s not about the size of my house,” she said. “It’s about how do I live with less debt and live inside a community, not having to work so hard to afford a certain lifestyle.”

Tiny living spaces are nothing new, considering that city dwellers often pay top dollar for modest studio apartments. However, the U.S. tiny house movement has gained momentum in recent years, especially in the Northwest.

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