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Five of America's Coolest Tiny Homes

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is a tiny-house aficionado who has scoured the country for dozens of the coolest examples of the microliving trend. In his new book, Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures*, he highlights his quirkiest finds.

They range from a 238-square-foot backyard cabin you can rent on Airbnb to a 135-square-foot trailer on wheels that one couple is driving across the country for a year.

Some perks of going small? It’s cheaper, but there’s also the belief that a pared-down, petite space is good for mental health and the environment, too.

“Creating a microstructure involves creative thinking, outdoor activity, and problem solving — things many people crave but often find absent from their busy (and sometimes repetitious and regimented) modern lives,” Diedricksen writes. “Welcome to a world of imaginative, out-there fun — all within the realm of ‘shelter,’ from the most basic to the utterly brain-bending.”

*Deek’s book is the number one carpentry book on Amazon.

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