The U.S. is in the throes of a boom in specialty housing, a trend euphemistically referred to as the "tiny house movement."
Part of the reason for the movement, of course, is that many micro unit homes are on wheels, built for towing from place to place. That may or may not have to do with the fact that most residential neighborhoods may not be keen about one them parking for a stay in the cul de sac.
CNBC correspondent Stephanie Dhue catches up with the tiny home movement by hitching on to the Tiny House Conference, held in Ashville, NC, a couple of weekends ago. Dhue writes:
living tiny is a combination of finances and lifestyle. Occupants can be younger owners who want to avoid the costs of a standard home, or older couples who have shed an unaffordable home. Many just crave a simpler lifestyle.
"A lot of people come to the tiny house movement because of finances. They are looking to get out of the rat race, to get out of debt, things like that and it seems like a lot of people stay because of the lifestyle," Ryan Mitchell, who put together the conference in Asheville, North Carolina, told CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview.