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Tiny houses save Orlando owners money

Emily Lindahl, Dorian Acito cut size to cut costs

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Emily Lindahl's house has all the amenities she needs to live, despite the fact that it's only 120-square-feet in size.

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"I used to live in almost 2,300 square feet, so it's about five percent of the size of my old house," Lindahl said.

Her home includes a small kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and microwave. Lindahl converted a small "second bedroom" into a closet and her bed sits in a loft above her small living area.

Lindahl is part of a growing nationwide movement of people moving into what are called "tiny houses."

Her next-door neighbor, Dorian Acito, also owns a tiny house. Her home is about 160 square feet in size.

"I just think if you live in a big house, and you don't use the space, it's dead space," Acito said. "It just didn't feel good."

Tiny homes can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $30,000 and blueprints are easily found online.

Both women only pay $350 in rent for the plot of land their homes sit on. Their homes are also easy on the pocketbook, generating $25 electric bills.

Living "small" has taken some adjustments.

"When you buy something, you have to love it," Acito said. "You have to really need it and you have to have room for it."

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"I live on one paycheck, and the other paycheck I can put to retirement or saving up to build my own tiny house," said Lindahl.

For more information, visit the Tiny House Enthusiasts' Facebook page.

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