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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 a 396 sq. ft. shotgun log cabin tiny house by Dave Taylor. Enjoy!

As longtime fans of the New Orleans style “Shot Gun House” we chose it as our inspiration. There is considerable information on the internet about the meaning and origin of the term “Shot Gun House.” We choose this definition:  “A house that has rooms and doors aligned such that one could fire a gun (shot gun) through the front door and out the back without hitting anything.”

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