Tiny House Nation first aired back in 2014 on the FYI cable channel. The show has since been picked up by Netflix and the fifth season is now available to stream. The premise of the show is simple, downsizing experts John Weisbarth and Zack Griffin help people create incredible small homes – how small? They need to be 500 square feet or less.
In a country more famous for living large, it's refreshing to see the ‘Tiny' revolution gaining momentum. Across America, people are starting to see the advantages of teeny-tiny homes. Those featured in the show have varied reasons for downsizing, including spending less time maintaining a home. Less time cleaning and also significantly reducing their bills. And not forgetting all the environmental benefits too.
John & Zack, the show's hosts, give practical help and advice over seven instalments of the series. The show beginnings with a couple in Atlanta who started building their tiny dream home over a year ago. A complicated design has hindered the construction of the house. The couple is desperate to finish the project before their wedding date – which is less than a month away. John and Zack to the rescue! The dynamic duo takes this shell of the home and devises a range of innovative storage solutions and essential safety features. The newlyweds are thrilled with the love nest. Although I hope they're not planning on starting a family anytime soon – Seriously, Barbie has a bigger home!
In episode three, we met Dave and Mickie, a Florida couple hoping to downsize so they can fund their daughters' college tuition. Although, Dave doesn't seem that keen on shrinking his lifestyle. The challenge with this build is providing the couple with a tiny home, big enough for five people to sleep in! Once again John and Zack think outside the box (or rather, inside the box) and produce a seriously spacious small home.
Even if you have no interest in downsizing your life, the show has lots of ideas about storage and using space effectively. Each episode is only around 40 minutes long; you'll come away with lots of great tips for organising your house or apartment.