Family's Tiny 168-Square-Foot House Makes Me Claustrophobic (VIDEO)

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Plenty of people have found themselves in sticky financial situations due to the economy over the past few years, and some are obviously dealing with the hardships much better than others. Take Carl and Hari, for example. After losing their business, they made the ultimate sacrifice by moving out of their comfortable, 1,500-square-foot, 3-bedroom home, and settling into a much smaller pad with their two kids.

And when I say much smaller, I mean much much much smaller. Like smaller than your average NYC hotel room (which is next to invisible). Their "Tiny House," as they so lovingly call it, is a only mere 168 square feet. Can you imagine trying to maneuver around 168 square feet by yourself, let alone as a family of four?

The home consists of a living room/kitchen/foyer/dining area, a minuscule bathroom that has a toilet, small sink, and shower, and two loft areas for sleeping -- one for the kids and one for Carl and Hari. Hmm. Sure sounds romantic.

While the house does have a certain warm and cozy factor, I can't help but get a little bit claustrophobic even thinking about living in such a small space. I love my family and all, but I'm pretty sure we'd get on each other's last nerve if we had no place to escape and were living on top of one another 24/7. Plus -- where in the heck would we put all the Legos?

But while there's definitely no room for privacy in a tiny place like this, the family is hoping to change that down the road with all of the money they are saving by enduring their cramped quarters.

The house only cost $12,000 to build, and their electric bill is only $40 a month. The low costs they have each month have allowed them to put Hari's paychecks in the bank instead of spending them so they can save up and pay cash for a larger, mortgage-free home. (Gee, that does sound nice.)

Take a look at the video clip below to see a tour of the inside of the pint-sized house.

Would you ever live in such a small space?


Image via Anderson/YouTube

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hanna... hannahsmom238

Tiny houses are adorable though I don't think I'd want to live in one.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

Throughout history, humans have lived in far smaller dwellings than we are accustomed to today. I think its cute, and they won't be in it forever.

witch... witchkiss

They probably spend more time outdoors.

sweet... sweetcherry_59

I would do it in a hearbeat. They have their own spaces in the's a great idea!

miche... micheledo

LOVE it!!!  My husband and I were just talking about how we (as a nation) don't know how to live with little.  Enough for us means being satisfied, full.  Not just barely NOT starving. 

We are reading the Long Winter by Laura Ingalls to our children and they survived on so little.  They barely kept from freezing, and yet we expect to have a warm house to live in (ABOVE 60 degrees in the winter) and they were so close to starving, yet thankful for the little piece of brown bread for their meals. 

We can and should live on less when we need to!  Good for them!!!

Ladyw... Ladywithtwo

I like it. They are living simply & saving their money. They have it figured out :)

bills... billsfan1104

It remjnds me of The Little House on the Prairie.

nonmember avatar A

That's a storage building.

Eques... EquestrianMom

Looks like its my house! My house is only 250sq ft, shared by myself, my SO and my son (everyother week) and four dogs. We like it just fine, I don't want anything bigger. We spend most of our time outside, and it is so fast and easy to clean a small house! I love it :) Oh, and as far as storage goes, we got super creative, and got rid of anything we didn't need or use!

Fluff... Fluffy0106

After I left my husband bc of domestic violence in 2009, me and my 2 kids (4yrs & 1yr old at the time) lived in a 27 1/2ft travel trailer in my parents back yard for a year. I now own a 1,700sq ft 3 bed 2 bath house. You couldn't pay me to go back to that travel trailer.

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