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'Tiny House Nation' Shows American Life in Downsized Dwellings

By    |   Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 11:35 AM

A&E's "Tiny House Nation" made its 10-episode premiere on Wednesday, promising to show how Americans around the country are finding the pleasure of downsizing and living in smaller spaces, many as small as 300 square feet.

The one-hour episodes will follow renovation experts and "Tiny House Nation" hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin as they travel to different locations and creations, such as to New York City for a micro-apartment and to a caboose train car that was converted to a home in Montana, according to the show's website.

"I enjoy being part of 'Tiny Houses Nation' because I get to help other create a space that is unique, intelligent and truly their own," Giffin said in a statement on the website. "I believe the act of building Tiny Houses approaches so many topics that the world needs to address. I love the creative building aspects of what I get to do, yet this show is about so much more than creating nifty space-saving solutions."

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Author Kristen Moeller, who lost her dream home during a wildfire in Colorado, will be featured in one of the episodes, as she readjusts her life to a tiny cabin on her land. The author of "What Are You Waiting For? How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life," will watch the construction of her new home during one of the shows.

"Tiny House Nation will follow the construction of her new home, and follow the trend of tiny houses that is sweeping the United States," said a news release about the show. "Each episode will feature a different family who has chosen a small, simple home, and explore the psychology and implications of extreme downsizing."

Lisa Boone of the Los Angeles Times wrote that current homeowners will be able to steal many of the strategies used in the show to make their current homes feel bigger, such as using vaulted ceilings for lights, creating storage space under the bed and using vertical planters.

"Like on other reality-based design shows, Weisbarth and Giffin will expedite the building process as they help people create dream homes no larger than 300 square feet while learning much about small-space living in the process," Boone wrote. "There are also life lessons that come with downsizing and living small."

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A&E's "Tiny House Nation" made its 10-episode premiere on Wednesday, promising to show how Americans around the country are finding the pleasure of downsizing and living in smaller spaces, many as small as 300 square feet.
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