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This story of how "Friends Build 200 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cabin in 6 Days for $6K," is inspiring and goes to show what you can do, if you put your mind to it. Stories like this offer hope that everyone can have a place to live that is affordable.
This group of friends decided to leave their cramped apartments in New York City, Chicago, and Raleigh to meet in a tiny town 40 minutes away from Portland, Oregon to build a tiny cabin together. Their goal was to fulfill their shared dream of building a cabin in the woods. So when they got there, they worked for six days building a 200 square foot tiny cabin and got the shell done for about $6,000. For six days, they worked to turn a small clearing situated in a stand of stately Douglas Firs into a place of their own. Their fearless leader, a builder by trade had the right knowledge to get the project done. The rest of the group were complete novices. The project took 264 two-by-fours, 40 working hours over 6 days, 3,000 photos, and about $6,000 (not including the land they built on). They left Oregon convinced that there is no better way to spend a week with close friends , with a cabin build beating a week in Cancun every time.
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The tiny house movement also known as the small house movement, is a famous description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet in 1978 to 2,479 square feet in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet in 2013, despite a decrease in the actual size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige. The tiny house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet. Frequently the distinction is made between small between 400 square feet and 1,000 square feet, and tiny houses that are less than 400 square feet, with some houses as small as 80 square feet. Downsizing to a tiny house is a great way to do away with large mortgages, hydro bills and all the stuff that goes into a large house, and a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle.