Many thousands of people have either heard of or investigated the tiny house trend that’s been sweeping the nation. And social media has helped to spread the concept like wildfire. But mainstream media hasn’t been as quick to highlight the pros and cons of this lifestyle, which is why, when the Dallas Morning News covered Demere O’Dell’s experience, it was a fresh look at not only the benefits but also the proper planning and thought process that go into building and owning a tiny home.
Moving into her tiny house after her 1,240-square-foot home in Richardson became too big for her, O’Dell explains the rationale behind her desire to pursue the smaller home lifestyle. In a feature that came from the Dallas Morning News’ focus on B.A. Norrgard, the woman behind the local tiny house movement and founder of A Bed Over My Head (advocating the trend in Texas), O’Dell’s home in all of its tiny glory is reflected in the piece as opportunity, having potential, and trendy.
Often costing less than $35,000 to build, and ranging in size from 120 to 400 square feet, a tiny house can take on a personality all its own. Owners have chosen to design components on a scale of country and comfortable to sleek and contemporary. In the video, O’Dell makes it clear that moving into a tiny home such as this requires a lifestyle change. The concept of what you’re going to need and where you’re going to keep things becomes paramount. But the benefits of living in a home with not only a smaller physical footprint but a smaller environmental one as well far outweigh any possible downsides for such homeowners. So much so that empty nesters and millennials alike are flocking to tiny home shows to learn more about living mortgage-free, and unencumbered. O’Dell’s and her home, as well as B.A. Norrgard and Bed Over My Head will be onsite at Earth Day Texas, at Fair Park in Dallas, April 21-23. If you can’t stop by to ask questions personally, however, you can always investigate more of the Texas tiny house trend online at A Bed Over My Head.