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Trade Your House For a Shack? One Couple Did It

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How would you like to trade in your 2,000 square foot home for a tiny shotgun shack? One happy couple did it, together with their teenage son. In a video originally posted on faircompanies.com and picked up earlier this week by Gawker, matriarch Debra (no last name given) provides a tour of her family’s teeny abode.

Debra and her husband Gary decided to downsize after Gary lost his job and the couple found themselves working four jobs between them in order to keep up with their more costly mortgage. They decided to sell that house and build something they could afford, which turned out to be a $15,000 bungalow with one bedroom and a loft for their son. They paid for the place outright, no mortgage needed.

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To hear Debra tell it, shrinking the family’s footprint was actually easier than telling friends and family members what they’d done.

“I was worried about what other people would think,” Debra says in the clip. “It’s just not what people do. They don’t live in 320 square-foot homes.” It wasn’t the first time the couple lived in tight quarters. Before they had their son, Debra and Gary spent nine years living in small homes in South America.

The faircompanies.com site, a site for people interested in sustainable living, has a bunch of other interesting videos about people choosing to save money by living in small spaces. Here’s one about a woman living in a 90-square foot apartment in Manhattan; here’s another about a rooftop apartment that a man transformed by hiding the kitchen, closets and bed behind fold-out doors.

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