This is the dream of most people in America, but few are actually building their own tiny houses.
But if you live in a small city, you might have an advantage in finding out why tiny houses are so popular.CNNMoney contributor Anna Tompkins found a new way to build tiny houses in her hometown of Chicago.
She bought a modest house that could hold just three bedrooms.
Tompins said she decided to build her tiny house after she watched the TV show “Home Improvement.”
“I started thinking about all of the things that I could do to build a house and then I had a few ideas, and then one day I decided to buy it,” she said.
Tompkins said her husband, Aaron, and their daughter, Sarah, were excited about building a tiny home, but she had concerns.
“There’s been a lot of pressure from builders to build something small, so I was like, ‘Why do I have to build this thing?'” she said, adding that the house was only about 50 square feet, which made it difficult to fit in the space.
“We thought we’d go with a smaller house because we felt like we could do more with it,” Tompinks said.
She spent about $10,000 on materials, including a 4-foot-wide plywood frame, a metal roof, and a custom door.
Tomps’ small house was a success.
Toms first house has been sold.
She now has about $15,000 in her bank account and plans to buy a larger house next year.