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Could you live in this 168 sq. ft. home?

Posted April 10, 2012


One family of 4 has cut their expenses drastically by building a 168 sq. ft. home and only paying $40 per month for their electric bill! Click HERE to see a video of the family in their home.

They only paid $12,000 to build the house and they are saving to pay cash for a larger home. I'm guessing there's no cable TV in that house!

Could you do it?

When I was a teenager, my family of 5 lived in an RV for about 6 months while we traveled the US and Canada. Compared to the RV, 168 sq. ft with a full loft looks huge! I'm certain I could live like that, if needed. I just prefer not to. So, for now, I that also means we still have a mortgage.


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  • pmck Apr 11, 2012

    Sure - if I lived on about 20 acres.

  • marybethwright06 Apr 10, 2012

    We could live that way ... if there was a 3,000 square foot closet attached to it ;)

  • aponzini Apr 10, 2012

    I would love it! A lot less to clean and heat or cool. Smaller homes make so much sense to me these days. I love travelling in the RV!

  • j3434 Apr 10, 2012

    oxy, that's a GREAT idea!

  • Oxymoron02 Apr 10, 2012

    Tiny homes actually interest me. I went youtubing viewing tiny home videos about 6 weeks back, and there's some very neat stuff out there. I've been thinking about making it a project for my son. He'll be 18 in 2 and change years, and him having a place to live when that happens would make me happy. :D

  • thekeslings Apr 10, 2012

    I'd rather purchase a used mobile home for that price and have almost 1000 sq. ft. I think we need space, especially if the weather is bad and my son needs to run around the house because he can't outside. I love the sweetness of the family. I think they made a really great decision!! :)

  • pss3 Apr 10, 2012

    Diana, up until the last 75 years or so, almost all families would sleep in one room to conserve heat and space and yet somehow the population kept growing...

    I don't enjoy the thought of sharing a bedroom with my son but I don't think it would keep him as an only child!

  • j3434 Apr 10, 2012

    having just left the camper from vacation, i could definitely say our family of 5+dog could live in the house pictured in the article. it would be tough at times but make for great stories later. there is something comforting about having a place for everything and everything in its place by necessity. that being said, i'll keep my 1100 sq ft for now. some people consider that small for our size family!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 10, 2012

    Wow - great story, creationstation! Sounds like it worked out very well for you all. 20 acres is fabulous!

    jzka - good point. Like any mobile home, they would need to clear out with the first sign of dangerous weather.

    Diana - I honestly never thought of that but you are right - they have no privacy since they all sleep in the top loft together.

  • creationstation3 Apr 10, 2012

    We lived in a house that was less than 400 sq. ft. for over ten years...until my baby started to walk. Then it suddenly seemed too small! We did this so we could own 20 acres in the woods and build a "normal" size house ourselves. We saved half the money actually building it ourselves with our family helping. Now we have exactly what we want, and we built it ourselves! It took a long time, but it was worth it. And we got a lot out of living in a small house besides savings. It makes you really think about wants vs.needs. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is not for everyone, but we are just crazy enough for it to work!