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In this post I’m introducing you to Jay Austin and his ‘Matchbox’ tiny home on wheels in Washington, D.C.’s Boneyard Studios.

According to the video, more than 1000 people decide to move into the area every single month therefore driving the cost of housing up and increasing construction in the area.

And even though they’re building as fast as they can, they still can’t keep up with the demand for housing in the area. So where do tiny houses stand?

Meet Jay Austin and His 140 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home


Images: YouTube/ReasonTV

Enjoy the rest of the story (in video) below:

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Part of the problems most of us face with tiny housing is that there are laws and zoning that prevent most of us from achieving our tiny dreams because we’re forced to build larger than we really need.

In many cases, we’ve found our own ‘loopholes’ that have allowed many of us to live tiny on our own terms.

But why do we sometimes have to feel that we are living in a ‘grey area’ when we’re not hurting or endangering anyone by living simply?

So if you’re thinking about petitioning your local government to allow the construction of tiny homes here are some tips that might help you get started (and a petition that you can sign really quick to start encouraging change right now).


Tips on how to Petition for Making Tiny Houses Legal from Jay Shafer

“Hi guys. I just finally signed your petition and forwarded it to some other folks.

I haven’t had the time to see what legal strategy you’re already employing, but I’ll offer my unsolicited 2-cents anyway.

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