Micro-dwelling exhibit: homes under 600 square feet

What is the smallest space you would ever be comfortable living in? There is a group of people who are building homes smaller than many studio apartments, and now you have a chance to check out these designs.

"This is a builder's showcase of small dwellings under 600 square feet," said Patrick McCue with the Shemer Art Center.

If you've ever wanted to leave it all behind and live a minimalistic life, these houses may be for you.

Some very small homes are on display the rest of the month at the Shemer Art Center. 

"We wanted to feature a variety of styles from study builds to professional builds and give the public a chance to see what smaller living, a simpler living is all about," he said.

The cost-efficient homes have gained popularity in the past few years. Organizers of the exhibit say the small homes cut down on more than the cost.

"It's very simple construction, it takes about an hour and a half to put the frame up, and six hours more to do all the panels," said McCue.

This year builders from all over have come to show off their innovative designs.

"This is the structure that was built to feature a new technique where the builder has kind of invented a lens that is infused into the block, making it like a glass block," he said.

"It really is quite beautiful inside, the lighting is very nice," said McCue.

The show also offers live do-it-yourself workshops and things like building a solar generator and finding and using salvaged materials.

You can check out the dwellings until March 1st, for more information visit: http://www.shemerartcenter.org/programming/upcoming-exhibitions/
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