Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2017

Degree Type



Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Director of Thesis

Dr. Andrew Kaczynski

Second Reader

Sarah B. King


The tiny house movement advocates for downsizing and a moving into smaller

residences.1 While living in smaller homes is in no way novel, the roots of the current trend is

somewhat contested as some attribute it to the “Back-to-the-Land” movement of the 1970’s or

Thoreau’s plea to live simply and deliberately.1 In 2002, the first company dedicated to solely

building tiny houses was founded and called Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.2 Jay Shafer,

the owner of Tumbleweed, and several tiny house advocates joined together to create the Small

House Society to serve as a community of like-minded individuals with information sharing and

support.2 There are now numerous books, websites, blogs, conferences, companies, support

groups, and more relating to tiny house living for those who are interested or currently live the


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