Many factors contribute to trending popularity of “tiny homes” around metro

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new trend has many people downsizing and opting for a simpler lifestyle.

Tiny houses where the bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen are all in the same room, which are no more than 600 square feet, are growing in popularity.

"We used to live in a duplex that had three bedrooms and it was just a lot to maintain. We just had so much stuff that we didn't use," said Kaytlyn Averill.

She and her husband, Austin, decided to downsize six months ago.

"We realized we didn't need all that stuff and so we were ready for something different," Averill added.

Their approximately 300 square foot tiny home is currently being built by employees of Second Life Studios -- an architectural design and build company that specializes in repurposed materials.

"Everything is custom, there's nothing that's normal, there's nothing that typical, everything from triangle shaped windows to hidden, sliding out tables...it's what we do," said  Chris Gorney, the Creative Director of Second Life Studios.

Gorney says the tiny home trend is growing.

"I think it's people responding to sustainable living, and it's a good way to do it within the city," added Gorney.

Kendall Quack and her fiancé Jeremy Luther also decided to go "tiny" with a 160 square foot home.

"Financial reasons, environmental reasons, some people just want to live simpler with less. Ours was primarily financial," said Luther.

Luther says he has a lot of student debt and Quack just graduated from college. He says it's the best option for their situation.

"It`s got everything that a normal house has, it`s just smaller," said Luther as he showed FOX 4’s Melissa Stern around the small space. "Eating and working, your standing kind of in the kitchen, right here will have a wraparound counter, we`ve got a wall we`ll be putting here with a shower in the corner."

Averill says they're not only downsizing, but they'll be sharing their tiny home with their 140 pound St. Bernard too.

"I really haven't regretted giving anything away-- it's just really freeing," said Averill.

Habitat for Humanity is investigating if there are opportunities and interest in small houses as an option for families but no projects are in the works yet.

Tiny House Collective is a non-profit community land trust developing affordable housing, permaculture food gardens, and other sustainable assets in the Kansas City area.

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