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Valley home buyers jump into 'tiny home' trend

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A new trend is making its way to the Valley: tiny houses.

"I actually was the one who broached the topic first, and at first he thought I was a little crazy" said Shannon Brown.

But after a little research and planning, Brown convinced her husband Brandon to build a tiny home. "It's a 20 x 9, no, 20 x 8-and a-half-foot trailer base" said Brown.

That breaks down to 155 square feet of actual living space. The size is a bit unconventional, but it's just the size the Browns were looking for.

"Our house is going to be customized to our needs and wants, and I think it's going to be really easy to live in because of that," says Shannon Brown.

The Browns are not the only Valley residents looking into tiny houses.

"We just like small spaces in general, on a boat or in a tree house or a tiny house on wheels," says Chris Clemmons.

For Chris and Ashley Clemmons, it’s all part of downsizing, and not letting your stuff control your life. It's also about developing a sense of community with your neighbors by spending more time outside. "We did a really big kitchen because I love to cook," said Ashley Clemmons.

The Clemmons' tiny house is 180 square feet with a king-size bed, full bath and living room. And with the house almost complete only a few more decisions need to be made.

"The only thing we are debating over is a washer and dryer," said Clemmons.

The Clemmons are just three weeks away from moving their tiny house to Colorado. The Browns' house is still in the construction stage.

With a budget of $20 thousand, they hope to be done by March at the latest.

"So now we are at the stage of figuring out where to park it. We would like to live in an urban environment that is close to work and our church" said Brown. 

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