How much space does one person need? A one-bedroom apartment? A small studio?
How about 128 square feet? That is the size of the so-named “Tiny House” that Northwestern University students have designed and built over the last two years. The 8 x 16â€“square-foot house, which sits on the back of a trailer, comes equipped with a bed, a kitchen, and a bathroom and can function completely off the grid.
â€œItâ€™s an idea that really resonates with people,â€ said William Fan, a mechanical engineering graduate and project co-manager. â€œEspecially after the recession. Itâ€™s about trying to simplify your life so you have full control of your space and living only with what you need.â€
The project started after Fan attended a workshop given by Jay Schafer, founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which creates pre-made homes and building plans for houses ranging from 65 to 837 square feet. Schaferâ€™s Tiny Houses are built for resource-minded consumers who donâ€™t want to take up more space than they need.