The number of tiny houses being built and purchased has exploded over the past few years. "Tiny" houses are generally defined as those smaller than 400 square feet. Affordability is the primary force behind the movement. However, researchers at Kansas State University say villages of tiny houses might also improve the health of tiny house dwellers. Brandon Irwin is a Kansas State professor of Kinesiology. He says there’s a connection between the way people live and how physically active they are.
Irwin is currently building his own tiny house and wants to focus on the public health aspect of tiny villages because, he says, residents of tiny house villages are healthier and more active than people who live in conventional homes.