What’s the big deal about ‘tiny homes?’

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CHICAGO -- Set amongst some of the tallest buildings in the city are some of the smallest homes you’ve likely ever seen.

Two “tiny homes” from the Tumbleweed Company have been erected in Chicago ahead of a nationwide tour promoting the growing trend of tiny house living.

One is called “Rose” and is 218 square feet, eight and half feet wide and 24 feet long.

The kitchen includes a full fridge, an induction cooktop and lots of cabinet space.

The bathroom can be a shower or tub and storage is in the wall.

The company’s biggest tiny house can sleep up to six, but each home can be completely customized online, by price or desired amenities.

Annie Colletti is the senior marketing manager for Thousand Trails Campgrounds and Encore RV resorts with 200 RV parks across the country, which are also tiny house friendly.  It is something they see quickly increasing in popularity.

“I think with kids, they see something that’s their size.  With adults, we see a lot of people saying it’s almost like living in an adult playhouse,” she says.  “It’s the dollhouse of their dreams or the treehouse of their dreams.”

Whether it’s for vacation travel or a permanent residence, Tumbleweed reports a doubling in sales each year since they started in 1999.

Prices for “Rose” and her neighbor “Finn” are about $75,000.  Depending on the bells and whistles you add, the price could jump to $110,000.

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