UO Grad Student To Reside In Her Own ‘Tiny’ House


When Anson won a spot in the UO Ph.D. program, “we were happy that she would be in Eugene, and we would have loved to have had her live here in our home, but my husband is allergic to cats, and she has a cat,” Spoor said. “But she had seen something online about the tiny house movement, and she and Jason got really excited about doing it.”

The impetus for the tiny house movement began about 1998, when Sarah Susanka – a woman in her mid-50s who, by the way, earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Oregon – wrote the bestseller, “The Not So Big House.'”

Her message, to urge people to think “not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives,” spread quickly as an antidote to the “McMansion” trend in home construction. It captured the imagination of many people such as Anson who see merit in going much smaller even than Susanka’s own architectural mantra.

One, Jay Schafer, who became enamored of the idea of living more simply and with a smaller environmental footprint about the same time as Susanka, started a company called the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., which sells plans for tiny houses for as little as $90 and ready-made tiny houses that range as high as $50,000.

“We started our project with a Tumbleweed plan,” Anson said, “mainly to learn how to secure the house to the trailer. From there, we started our design with the windows we wanted – that dictated the rest of our plan.”

With an academic challenge looming, Anson can be excused for feeling like a child who can’t wait for school to start, but in her tiny house she has an additional reason to be fidgety.

“Already, it feels really good when I go in it – I’m really attached,” she said. “It’s incredible to look around, to know what’s in every wall and how everything works, and to know that I’m going to live in this place I built, with help from my friends.”

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