Living large in a small space is a growing trend here in California. Whether it’s a primary home that extols economy of space, a private vacation getaway, or a backyard studio, tiny homes come in all shapes and styles from classic cottages and rustic cabins to sleek, glass-walled contemporary homes. Although I haven’t tried them personally, there is even a company out there that sells do-it-yourself kits for a Backyard Eichler that is designed to blend in perfectly with your Mid-Century Modern or Eichler home and can serve as an office, studio, storage space, or maybe even an Eichler-style playhouse for the kids.
Prominent architects are getting in on the tiny house action, welcoming the challenges of creating a space that maximizes functionality; and a growing number of companies including Studio Sheds and Nomad micro homes provide kits and prefabs to the tiny home consumer.
If you are a small-home owner, or know someone who is, you might be interested in the competition sponsored by Sunset Magazine. Their Small Space Big Dreams contest features five categories and winners have the opportunity to be featured on the pages of Sunset Magazine. For more information visit Sunset's Small Spaces page, but don’t dilly-dally – the deadline for entries is January 31, 2014.