Micro-maison tiny houses catching on in France

Yes, you can live the dream in your own little house on the prairie ... or wherever

It contains everything you would find in an ordinary home - but it is not much bigger than a Wendy house

It is called a Tiny House and the idea came from America.

In France, the initial reaction to the Tiny House was incredulity, but slowly the micro-maison became a symbol of a less-consumerist life and a movement was born.

You can build your own, but Quadrapol has been building Tiny Houses for four years and demand is steady.

Owner Frédéric Robert says not all buyers of these pint-sized properties – around 8-20m², plus mezzanine – do it to oppose consumerism.

“We have all sorts of profiles among people who have bought our houses,” he said.

“Some do it because they want a more simple way of living, while for others it is for other reasons, like their partnership is breaking up. For others again, it is the most simple way of having somewhere nice to live, especially if they have land.”

Quadrapol stresses that living in a wooden Tiny House is good for the environment, as it says the cement industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions.

As with many new ideas, the properties fall into a judicial grey area, but Mr Robert said the most popular models are built on 4-7m trailers and are ...

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