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Over the past 40 years, the average living space per person in the U.S. has doubled, but the popularity of a new trend in architecture may send that number into the ground. Viral internet stories about itty-bitty houses have shown off the amazing spaces and lifestyles of eco-conscious couples, but hardly scratch the surface of the Tiny House Movement.

In 2014, the first Tiny House town was established in Spur, Texas. Two tiny house TV shows premiered this year, Tiny House Hunting and Tiny House Nation. The sudden mainstream popularity of tiny living may come from some major perks the lifestyle brings. The average tiny house costs only $23,000 to build, while the typical average-sized house costs $272,000; plus, 65% of tiny house owners have absolutely no credit debt.

On top of those amazing perks, tiny houses are just plain cool. Check out some of the amazing tiny houses we”ve seen this year, and let us know what you think.

Alex Lisefski built his tiny house to live simply. “Inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way.”

Alex Lisefski built his tiny house to live simply.

Alex and his girlfriend live in the house with their dog.

Alex and his girlfriend live in the house with their dog.

The tiny living space is efficient and totally cute.

The tiny living space is efficient and totally cute.

Andrew and Gabriella Morrison built their house for only $33,000, including the cost of appliances.

Andrew and Gabriella Morrison built their house for only $33,000, including the cost of appliances.

Their daughter has her own tiny house next to theirs.

Their daughter has her own tiny house next to theirs.

The couple runs the website Build A Tiny House to help others who want to downsize.

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After suffering from an early-age heart attack, Dee Williams decided to rethink her life priorities. Now, she lives on her own in this tiny cabin in Olympia, Washington. Her house is only 84 square feet.

After suffering from an early-age heart attack, Dee Williams decided to rethink her life priorities. Now, she lives on her own in this tiny cabin in Olympia, Washington. Her house is only 84 square feet.

Dee planned everything about the house on her own, from layout to decoration.

Dee planned everything about the house on her own, from layout to decoration.

This modern cottage is called The Crib and is built with sustainable materials.

This modern cottage is called The Crib and is built with sustainable materials.

The entire house can be dismantled and set up again at another site.

The entire house can be dismantled and set up again at another site.

This tiny A-frame house was designed by David Stiles and cost only $1,200 to build.

This tiny A-frame house was designed by David Stiles and cost only $1,200 to build.

Although the cabin is open-air, it does include mosquito netting.

Although the cabin is open-air, it does include mosquito netting.

This house, called the WeeHouse, is owned by a violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra and her family.

This house, called the WeeHouse, is owned by a violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra and her family.

The inside features a full kitchen, Douglas fir details, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Who said tiny living can still be luxury living?

The inside features a full kitchen, Douglas fir details, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Who said tiny living can still be luxury living?

The house can be moved anywhere on a tractor trailer.

The house can be moved anywhere on a tractor trailer.

There”s nothing like a cozy cottage in the wintertime.

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I love the wooden details and the fireplace.

I love the wooden details and the fireplace.

The Uvogel, designed by Peter Jungmann, is situated in the Austrian Alps.

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If you”re ever in the area, you can rent it for a vacation!

If you

This house is called the Exbury Egg.

This house is called the Exbury Egg.

What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in versatility – and location!

What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in versatility - and location!

Living in a tiny house seems like an economical decision, and an adorable one at that. Would you ever consider living in a tiny house?

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