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Interior Design

The Movement

"What are tiny houses? The tiny house movement? Tiny living? Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in." --

Visit the Tiny Life website for information and resources regarding the "tiny house movement," and find more resources throughout this page of the guide.

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By Tammy (Weekend with Dee) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Films On Demand

Check out this interesting movie called TINY, about Christopher Smith's experience building his tiny house (sign in with your SacLink username and password if you're off campus)!

Click HERE to just view a few segments or see a transcript.

"After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado...TINY takes us inside six homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work. TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small."

Library Resources on Tiny Houses


Living at the end of time : two years in a tiny house

Small houses : contemporary Japanese dwellings

Narrow houses : new directions in efficient design

Print Books

Small houses

Small house designs

New small homes

Tiny, tiny houses


Do a search for "tiny house", "small house" or "tiny house movement" in the databases linked below to find articles on the subject.

Don't forget to think about related keywords to expand your search (such as "homes" or "housing") and you may want to try truncating your search (which means adding * at the end of a root word to find all versions of the word: hous* will find house, houses, and housing)

Academic Search Complete

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Business Source Complete

You can also search for articles using OneSearch

(just limit your results to "Articles" under "Refine My Results" in the left column).