Tiny House for a Cause

Tiny House for a Cause

The Tiny House Movement has taken over the Toledo Museum of Art. If you are not aware of the movement, the theory is that people, especially those in the United States, live in spaces that are much too large for their needs. No family “needs” a 6,000 square foot house. No person “needs” a 2,000 square foot condo. In fact, the movement tries to focus on dwellings less than 800 square feet or smaller. Seem impossible? Well, that’s why the Toledo Museum of Art included a 65 square foot home in their “Small Worlds” exhibit. They felt the need to show visitors that you don’t need as much as you think.

In fact, the tiny Tumbleweed home that they built sits in a standard 7’ x 10’ trailer and includes a living area, kitchen space, bathroom and sleeping loft. Yes, in 65 square feet. Sixty-five!

Of course, if you love art, architecture and design as much as I do and live anywhere near Toledo, you were driving as soon as you found out that a tiny house would be there. The added bonus to this whole exhibit is the charitable good it will do. All materials for the structure were donated and, more importantly, the home is being auctioned off on ebay, with the proceeds going to early childhood programming at the museum. With the deep cuts in funding both to the arts as well as art in schools, this is great news to many families and teachers in the area. It’s not really surprising though. The Toledo Museum of Art always seems to be doing something great!