NY Times: Tiny Houses Are Hot

The New York Times reports today that more people are thinking small when it comes to building homes, especially second homes. Prefab modern-inspired homes are popping up in many places, spurred by more manufacturers moving into the market.

What could be most interesting for LAs is that as people live in smaller and smaller homes (some featured in the article are under 500 square feet), of necessity they spend more time outside. From the article:

To compensate for the lack of interior space, the couple cook, entertain and, for the most part, live outdoors. “We live in our view rather than look at it,” said Ms. Shepherd, 58, a retired youth counselor and an avid hiker.

Many prefab houses include decks, outdoor living rooms, gardens, and other landscaping to create more livable space outdoors. For more information on modern prefabs, check out Inhabitat’s “Prefab Fridays.” The Dirt is particularly partial to Rocio Romero’s LV House, pictured above.

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