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Downsizing and Simplifying Big Factors in North Texans’ Gravitation to “Little Homes” – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The “tiny house” trend is growing in popularity in North Texas, according to who builds them and who lives there.

Peter Huggler and his wife Christina Wester own Indigo River Trinity Homes.

They are building tiny houses and say they are currently being sold.

A new home order from them could currently take seven to nine months to build from scratch.

“Tiny houses are my passion. I love small buildings,” Huggler said.

The couple showed CBS 11 around a model home that was barely larger than 200 square feet, where they see every square inch is deliberately designed to maximize space.

The house had a loft on the second floor just big enough to accommodate a queen-size mattress.

It also included a small kitchen with a sink and full-size appliances, and an apartment-sized bathroom.

“Each space is very intentional and thoughtful,” Wester said.

At the north end of the Metroplex in Lake Dallas is the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village.

It measures approximately one acre and is currently home to 13 small homes parked in separate lots.

All lots are occupied and residents vary in demographics, age, occupations and not all are single.

Rick Shon, his two children, his wife and his pets have lived in a small 375 square foot house in the village since 2019.

He said the main reason he and his family were doing it was to downsize and make their lives easier.

It just brings us closer because of your closeness,” Shon said.

There is also another reason.

A reason that many Tiny House newcomers cite as a reason to do so, and it’s all about affordability.

Tiny houses in the Village of Lake Dallas cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to build.

“Being able to downsize and kind of downsize things isn’t that important and focus more on the things that are important,” Shon said. “Your family and your own financial freedom.”

Homes may be tiny, but builders and residents alike say the movement to go tiny is growing, perhaps bigger than ever.

Little Houses (CBS 11)

Downsizing and Simplifying Big Factors in North Texans’ Gravitation to “Little Homes” – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

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