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This is a tiny house movement timeline… A brief history of tiny homes. How far back does the tiny house movement go? Some could argue that tiny homes have been here since the dawn of man. And it’s true, isn’t it? But for the purposes of this article, I’d like to start by skipping to the year 1854 because that’s the year that Henry David Thoreau published his book, Walden, after living in a 150-square-foot tiny cabin near Walden Pond on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s woodland property.

Little did he know, that he may be largely responsible for having sparked the giant tiny house movement that we are witnessing today. So please join me on a journey back in time, to explore the tiny homes of yesterday and see how they have inspired the tiny and small homes of today. And who knows, maybe we can figure out what the tiny homes of the future will be like? Let’s go…

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1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden while living in a 150-square-foot tiny cabin.

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This is Jay Shafer’s latest tiny house that he built for only $5,000 in material cost.

His new tiny house design is aimed at taking things back to the absolute basics and simplicity in all aspects. That means a home which is simple and pleasant to live in, simple to build and also simple to afford. This new tiny house design costs a remarkably low sum of US $5000!1

Jay Shafer Designs/Builds a Beautiful $5k Tiny Home

Jay Shafers 5000 Tiny House

Images © Living Big In A Tiny House/YouTube

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Here’s your chance to help the homeless and get your own Jay Shafer/Four Lights Tiny House Company plans for just $250.

Shafer and affordable housing advocate, River King, have teamed up to build a 5-to-6 home community for the homeless in Sonoma County, California. Along with the houses, Shafer and King will create a common area and garden where children can play safely.

They are looking for $100,000 to complete the project, and in order to raise the funds, Four Lights is offering any of its designs for a tax-deductible donation of $250. This is really a win-win if you like Shafer’s designs and you support his mission to provide affordable housing for those in need.

Check out the video about Tiny Houses for Humanity below, and head over here to donate (and get your blueprints!). To see Shafer’s plans, go to Four Lights Tiny House Company.

Related: Jay Shafer’s 312 Sq. Ft. Tiny U-House Cabin

Help the Homeless and Get Shafer Tiny House Plans for $250

Image via HatchFund

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