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Bethany Lyttle at The New York Times has a really cool story today on “tiny houses” — detached abodes with less than a thousand square feet — that are increasing in popularity.

One of the companies that manufactures these tiny houses is Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, based in Sebastopol, Calif.

Here’s a taste of why someone might choose to live in one of these homes. The reporter talked to Matthew Adams, a 30-year-old lawyer living on 160 acres near Red Bluff in northern California. His tiny house is only 120 square feet:

“It feels acutely more sheltering to be in a tiny house rather than a big one,” Mr. Adams said of the glass-and-wood structure, which sits like a jewel box on the land. “Looking out at the vastness of the environment heightens your sense of containment.”

An audio slideshow accompanies the story, with some stunning photos of the tiny homes on huge expanses of land owned by many of these tiny-home owners. In the slideshow, reporter Bethany Lyttle compares living in the cottages to writing poetry — it’s as crucial to decide what you’ll leave out as what you’ll include as far as belongings and decoration.

KELLY BENNETT

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