By this point, photos of tiny houses are everywhere. I’d be surprised if you haven’t seen at least one pint-size abode that made you pause to imagine how simple your life might be if you lived in such an efficient little space.
I’ve done more than my fair share of imagining, having watched Kirsten Dirksen’s We the Tiny House People documentary and leafed through Lloyd Kahn’s alternative building books more times than I can count.
I even graduated from voyeur to full-blown stalker when I started visiting tiny homes in person this year.
I've visited tiny houses from downtown Portland to suburban Montreal. I've spent the night in a tiny-house eco-resort on the bank of Québec’s Saint Lawrence River and I’ve fallen in love with (what I think is) the prettiest tiny house, nestled in the appropriately tiny town of Kamouraska, Québec.
Through all my tiny-home stalking, I’ve come to understand that, like most things, they're more than the pretty pictures we take of them. They’re part of an important social movement that stands in stark contrast to the “bigger is better” mentality. Here’s why you should be paying attention to them, too: