Time magazine reports a former Austin, Texas developer of high end houses now blogs about his small homes built from salvaged materials. Brad Kittel, owner of Tiny Texas Houses, who has built around 75 tiny homes of 400 square feet, ranging from $20,000 to $40,000, now plans on building a community of tiny homes around a central lodge. Offering custom homes, plans and lessons on using salvaged materials, most of his customers are baby boomers who have turned to downsizing in a big (small?) way. He says, “My generation, we were accumulators–big houses, big cars. But now we have no big resources.” MHProNews has learned D. R. Horton, also based in Texas, and one of the largest homebuilders in the country, last year built 29 micro-homes in Portland, Oregon sized from 364 to 687 square feet for an average price of $120,000 to $180,000.
(Photo credit: seattletimes–Coast Cabins mini homes of Marysville, Washington)