Austin Tiny Home Living: Minimizing Space to Maximize Freedom

As a minimalist with an interest in sustainability, excited by the challenge of living in small spaces with a fear of geographical commitment, you could say I’m an ideal candidate for the tiny home lifestyle. But this wasn’t always the case.

Living in a space more than eight times smaller than the average American home didn’t appeal to me until I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010, where the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment was roughly $2,000 per month. In that market, my budget afforded me a studio apartment with less than 300 square feet. To my surprise, I found that not only could I tolerate life in a micro dwelling, but I liked it. The dramatic purging of my belongings ultimately led to a feeling of liberation, not deprivation.

When I stumbled upon the tiny house movement in 2012, I was smitten by the thought of designing my own miniature abode on wheels. At the time, it seemed little more than a romantic idea–fun to ponder while living vicariously through others’ blogs that chronicled their tiny home journeys.

In 2014, I left the congested Northeast for the comparatively wide open spaces of Central Texas. Even so, rent isn’t cheap in a city with a 95 percent occupancy rate. No longer content with daydreaming about my tiny home, I’m making real strides toward pint-sized living.

Recently, I set out to find those living the dream first-hand, in hopes of gaining knowledge to achieve my own dreams. Here are three Austin tiny home owners who have minimized their space in the interest of maximizing their freedom, in one way or another.

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