With housing loans becoming harder to obtainand financial burdens on homeowners growing larger, many are turning to tiny houses todownsize their lives and budgets.
But while these compact castles are frequentlyfewer than 300 square feet, that doesn't mean that they're all about sacrificing luxury.
You can still live large and enjoy life tothe fullest while reducing your home's overall footprint.
Check out these amazing tiny houses for someawesome examples of what can be accomplished with hard work, a small budget, and a tinyspace.
Minimal and mortgage-free In 2011, architect Macy Miller began constructingher 196-square-foot tiny home near Boise, Idaho.
With a flatbed trailer foundation and cladwith recycled pallet wood siding, Macy's home is a minimalist take on the tiny house movement,filled with tons of hidden storage space.
And its abundant natural light makes the interiorseem spacious.
It provides plenty of room for the whole family.
In 2015, the couple renovated, enclosing theback porch in corrugated tin to provide an attractive additional space.
In total, Macy's family spent just over $11,000on their tiny house, which allows them to live both rent and mortgage-free.
The Arado weehouse Alchemy Architects designed and built thisgorgeous modern cabin on the Minnesota prairie for a violinist of the Minnesota Orchestraand her family.
Their tiny home clocks in at 336 square feet,and came with a modest price tag of $60,000.
The beautiful house features off-the-gridliving, floor-to-ceiling windows, Douglas fir interiors, along with built-in cabinetryand kitchen elements by IKEA.
The exterior is clad in painted fiber-cementsiding, which provides a rustic look that stands up to the elements, while also beingextremely durable and fire-resistant.
A woodsy studio This beautiful mid-century modern tiny houseis located in the backwoods of Chappaqua, New York.
At 300 square feet, this tiny home by Workshop/APDis intimate, but with unique storage spaces, walnut interiors, and an inspired use of windowsand decking.
It maximizes the impact of the great outdoorsand gives a luxurious touch.
Exterior siding of Brazilian walnut continuesthe natural motif, which allows the home to blend seamlessly into its surroundings, whileoffering a full package of beauty and durability.
Repurposed rental Hidden among the trees in the Berkshires ofWestern Massachusetts, this former silo was repurposed into a sculptor's studio beforebecoming a sought-after rental property.
The "Silo Studio" is surrounded by picturesquegardens, nearby ponds, and even a babbling brook.
For $225 per night, you'll get a two-storycottage with a canopied bed upstairs and charming living space downstairs.
You'll enjoy the peace and quiet of the secludedlocation, and hikers will love the nearby access to the Appalachian Trail.
Rolling rural retreat Built in just seven months on a budget of$30,000, web designer Alek Lisefski and his girlfriend turned a serene outdoor space inrural California into their personal retreat.
Lisefski built his tiny house on an 8' by20' trailer, which allows him to pick up and move his home if he gets bored with the gorgeousscenery.
Lisefski's home features tons of windows toallow in natural light and visually expand the interior, which only measures 160 squarefeet.
The couple also made their house sustainable,with the ability to live completely off-grid.
The natural unstained finishes, made of sustainablyharvested Ponderosa pine, complete the rustic and natural beauty of this tiny cottage onwheels.
I've been everywhere, man In 2011, Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesardwere struggling with crippling debt when they downsized their lives, quit their jobs, andbuilt a tiny house on wheels with the goal of traveling wherever the road took them.
Their simple yet elegant tiny home was basedon plans provided by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which offers models of several differenttiny houses on wheels.
While their home is only 135 square feet,it has racked up over 25,000 miles across more than thirty states and five Canadianprovinces.
Along the way, the couple blogged about theirbuilding process and travels, attracting thousands of followers online and scoring hosting gigswith HGTV and other television networks.
A tiny "crib" "The Crib at Strathmore" in West Virginiawas designed by Broadhurst Architects in 2011.
The 250-square-foot home features moveableand convertible elements in order to allow the homeowners to customize their space dependingon their needs.
A sleeping loft, bathroom, and kitchen provideeverything you need, while a beautiful deck connects the home to the great outdoors.
Best of all, this tiny house was built completelyof sustainable materials, and the entire home can be dismantled, removed, and easily rebuilton a different location.
It's no wonder that Broadhurst Architectswon several architecture and design awards for this project.
Our little secret The homeowners of "Our Little Secret" combinedtraditional waterfront construction techniques with a footprint of only 325 square feet.
Located on the gorgeous St.
George Islandin sunny Florida, this beach cottage features hardy construction meant to withstand hurricane-forcewind, while also taking complete advantage of its surroundings.
Except for local water hookups, Our LittleSecret is entirely off the grid.
Elevated pilings and cheery windows make fulluse of the ocean breezes coming in from the shore, and a covered deck gives a perfectplace to enjoy the nearly 250 days of sunshine per year.
Tiny cabin, big landscape Nestled among the cedar and fir trees on OrcasIsland in Washington, this tiny cabin was built to be enhanced by its surroundings.
Architect David Vandervort utilized a cross-shapedfloor plan, which provides 400 square feet of living space separated into areas for thekitchen, living room, bathroom, and dining room.
A ladder-access loft offers a private sleepingarea for the homeowners.
Solar power and sustainable materials pairedwith efficient windows and insulation make this home a green option for anyone who wishesto build their own tiny cabin in the woods.
If you'd like to construct your own versionof this particular tiny house, Vandervort has even made building plans available forsale.
Treehouse fantasy At $350 per night, this tiny treehouse inAtlanta, Georgia may seem fairly steep, but it's been one of Airbnb's most desirable rentalsin the world—and for good reason.
The Atlanta treehouse actually contains threeseparate "rooms," which are interconnected between the treetops: a large bedroom thatsleeps two, a living room furnished with antiques, and a spacious deck that surrounds the "OldMan," a 150 year old Southern Short-Leaf Pine tree.
We can't find any reason not to book a stayat this childhood fantasy come to life.
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