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Little Yellow Door House

“I’d never built anything, ever. I didn’t know how to use a saw. So it was intimidating,” she admits. But it also allowed her the freedom to have final control over the interior design, altering room and storage placements to precisely fit her own needs.

Tiny house, big freedom

Ella Jenkins has been living in a space about the size of a shipping container since October—and loving every minute of it. She built her own 130-square-foot house with the help of a kit and her stepfather, and is now part of a growing trend of people who reside in “tiny houses,” miniature abodes that are modestly priced, eco-friendly and minimalistic.  - Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff