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Little Yellow Door House

Jenkins says she grew up in a small house with her family and shared a room with her sister, then went off to college, where she mainly lived in a dorm. Shortly after graduating, while living in a carriage house with her sister, she yearned for a place of her own. That’s when she came upon an online article about tiny houses. She was sold instantly. “It was just so practical for me, and it’s a nice byproduct that it’s environmental,” she says. “But the best thing about it is it’s totally mine.”

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