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5-2 Final Project Milestone TwoMarissa R. FreemanSouthern New Hampshire University
5-2 Final Project Milestone TwoHistory and Contemporary ViewpointThe idea of living in a tiny home isn’t really a new one, though it has been gaining popularity in the United States in recent years. Tiny homes can be found in many different parts of the world, and have had many different uses throughout history. Tipis and yurts have been lived in for thousands of years and are two of the best examples of tiny homes in history. Tipis and yurts were popular with nomadic people because they were simple, easy to move, and easy to construct (Hunt, 2009). Because of their smaller size, tipis and yurts were also easy to keep warm during cold winter months, but also easy to ventilate in warmer months. Yurts have historically been used by the people of Mongolia. These yurts were constructed from flexible trees like willow and covered with felt. Multiple layers of felt could be added to yurts in order to maintain comfortable temperatures inside (Hunt, 2009). Tipis, much like yurts, were constructed with wood poles typically made of willow and then covered with animal skin or even tree bark. In the winter months, an additional lining could be added inside of the tipi to maintain warmth (Tipi, 2018). More recently, poet Henry David Thoreau and author Sarah Susanka can be credited with giving momentum to the tiny house movement. Henry David Thoreau lived in a small, 100 square foot home where he wrote a book called Walden which is about living simply and in nature (Owen, 2016). Sarah Susanka also published a book called The Not So Big House emphasizing living simpler (Owen, 2016). In 2008, following the housing crisis, many American’s homes were foreclosed on, and many were unable to afford an expensive mortgage payment. Tiny homes allowed financial freedom to many Americans, due to their lower cost to
buy or build as well as maintain (Carlin, 2014).

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