Two Tiny Houses Open for Tours in Chicago

Would you like to get a look at some diminutive domiciles? Quaint quarters? Some Lilliputian lodgings? This may be your best chance, as two tiny homes will kick off a cross-country tour in Chicago next week.

To many, the prospect of a tiny home offers the ultimate in residential freedom. Not only are tiny homes easy to move, they offer homeowners a fair amount of relief both financially and environmentally. Downsizing on this scale is incredibly affordable and has the potential to drastically reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint.

To those who choose to live in houses that count their square footage in the hundreds instead of the thousands, the prospect of scaling down and living more simply is a strong selling point. Another is sustainability. Not only do they require less material to construct, tiny houses emit around one ton of carbon dioxide per year—roughly ten times less than the average single-family home.

If basic cable programming is a proper metric, then tiny houses are a verifiable movement. But now you have a chance to get a closer look at something you may have previously seen only on television. The two tiny homes that will be in town next week, nicknamed Finn and Rose and each less than 275 square feet, are presented by Thousand Trails and Encore, operators of campgrounds around the country—many of which accommodate tiny homes. Finn and Rose will be open for public viewing at 2 N Riverside Plaza on August 9th and 10th.

Though only 261 square feet, it’s hard not to notice Finn’s commanding presence. Natural cedar plank siding and brick red trim offer the perfect combination of rustic charm and modern minimalism. Among Finn’s amenities are a full kitchen, bathroom and a great room where visitors can gather together. A surprisingly spacious lofted bedroom and back bedroom allow this tiny home to sleep up to five people.

Rose is the smaller of the two homes at 233 square feet, but features two lofted bedrooms in addition to a back bedroom. The red siding and white trim is intended to epitomize small, but cheery, farmhouse appeal. This tiny home also features a full kitchen, bathroom and spacious great room as well as a porch.

Finn and Rose will be open to the public for tours from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 9 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 10. Following Chicago, the traveling tinies will make their way west for their next adventure.

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