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Jay Shafer felt overwhelmed by the 4,000 square foot home he grew up in back in Iowa.

Time, energy and resources were spent maintaining space that added very little to their lives on the whole.

This distaste for wasted space emerged as a creative influence when Shafer was in his 20s.

After college, he started making blueprints of tiny homes just for fun.

Exploring how space is used, brainstorming how to use it more efficiently and learning about the materialism of our culture, he decided to pursue the passion further.

One of the legal difficulties he found right away was zoning laws that restrict how big anyone living establishment must be.

In most states, to be considered a house a building has to measure at least 220 square feet.


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Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

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Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses designed the XS House. It’s one of their smallest designs at just 65 square feet.

Going this small has its benefits because the house is easy to park, tow, and maneuver. It also costs less than the other larger models, requires a less expensive trailer, and is easier to build and move.

The XS House by Jay Shafer

Tiny House on a trailer - XS House - Tumbleweed Houses

Photo credits: Tumbleweed Houses

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