The number of tiny homes has increased to an estimated 10,000 as these 400-square-foot-and-under houses grow in popularity among those under 35. USA Today staffer Charisse Jones speaks with tiny house dweller Ryan Mitchell to better understand why millennials chose to go tiny after watching the struggles of their parents during the recession.
As with any movement, owning a tiny home comes with its pros:
No mortgage. Most tiny house dwellers yearn to live with as little debt as possible and so finance and build their own structures. That's also often a necessity because lenders don't usually grant loans for such pint-sized houses.
Chores. You may have to do more than mop and sweep. Regular tasks could include hauling water, buying fuel for a gas heater or emptying a composting toilet.