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Home, meet your mini-me

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Do you ever feel like you're just running out of space in your own home?  The big solution for some people is building a tiny house.  We're talking about tiny add-ons that go up in just a few days right in your back yard.

When Judy Greer moved into her home, something was missing. The main house wasn't enough.  Until her tiny house solved her problem.

"I needed a guest house.  I've always had guest quarters in all the houses I've been in – Orlando, Tampa and now Ybor City," said Greer.

To add on requires a certain neighborhood aesthetic.

"It's not hard, but it has to fit in these parameters if you're in the Barrio, just like it is in Seminole Heights," she said.

That's where the tiny house trend came in.  The secret is the house is built like a shed with all the historic trimmings of the main house.

"She did my doors, she did my windows.  Everything is like the big house, which makes people feel like. ‘Hey, I'm part of the action here,'" Greer said.

"We do other elements like mimicking the roof shape," said Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed, the Brooksville company that built Greer's tiny house.

It meets neighborhood requirements.

"It fits perfectly in historic districts because historically people lived in very small houses," Peck said.

At 220 square feet and a cost of about $125 per square foot, many people are turning to tiny houses for property expansions.

"The tiny house movement is huge lately," Peck said.

So who is actually living inside these tiny houses? The market seems to be three-fold.  First, people with aging parents who want to bring them closer to home.  Then there are people with 20-something children who haven't left the nest.  Finally, you can use it as a guest house.

The utility bills funnel right in with your home charges, adding plumbing for running water and even a bathtub.  It's enough for some land owners to wonder if a small space could be enough for them.

"We definitely have people who have talked about doing a cottage like this for the main house," Peck said.

The tiny houses are cooled by a/c window units.  You can customize the building with a kitchenette or closet, sometimes a tiny version of both.

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