Looking to live in a tiny home in Texas? Then you'll want to travel to Austin this August
For a state known where everything's bigger, there's a group of people looking to persuade others to downsize their lives.
The Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree, scheduled for Aug. 23 to 26 in Austin, is looking to bring people together who want to live smaller rather than bigger. The event will be held at the Travis County Exposition Center, with Aug. 24 to 26 being open to the public.
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"Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree is the destination for enthusiasts, lifestyle advocates, industry professionals and those interested in the simple lifestyle – delivering and celebrating the best that simple living has to offer: mindful practices, eco-friendly products and services, and of course, one-of-a-kind tiny houses and tiny living structures," the event's website reads.
A tiny home is typically 100 to 400 square feet, according to Realtor.com, although there isn't a set standard. By comparison, a new single-family home sold in 2017 had a median size of 2,457 square-feet reports the U.S. Census Bureau.
Various companies around Texas specialize in building tiny homes. Pratt Homes in Tyler features 15 different smaller home models on its homepage. Small Dwelling Co. of Weatherford aims to "build custom dwellings for people looking for a simple place to get away." Texas Tiny Homes offers home plans for smaller homes, ranging from $15 to $999.
Where the tiny home movement originated is hard to pinpoint. Curbed.com notes writer Henry David Thoreau wrote his book "Walden" in a 150-square-foot cabin in 1854, highlighting living a simple life in a small living space. The website notes the 2009 housing crisis most likely pushed the idea of living in a tiny house forward.
Interested in learning how to build a tiny home and what all the fuss is about? Tickets for the Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree are $25 in advance for a single day or $30 at the door. A weekend pass is $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Tiny house professionals can attend the industry days on Aug. 23 and 24.
Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the most impressive tiny homes you'll ever see.