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Texas Woman Builds Home the Size of a Tool Shed

A Texas woman who believes in keeping things simple is building a house that's smaller than a single room in most homes.
GARLAND, TEXAS (NBC NEWS) -- A Texas woman who believes in keeping things simple is building a house that's smaller than a single room in most homes.

It's a house about the size of a nice tool shed and it's all Beth Ann Norrgard of Garland, Texas, says she needs. 

"This will be the kitchen. I'll have a bamboo farm sink here and the counter top will go about this far," she said.

The home tour doesn't take very long. 

"This is the wet bath so when I shower the whole room will get wet, just like a boat or an RV might have," she said.

Another small corner is the living room with a desk that can lower and serve as a bench. The ladder leads to the loft bedroom, complete with skylight, stained glass window and enough room for a queen bed.

"I was just ready for a life change. I felt the life that I was leading was sort of circular. I was going to work to get a paycheck to buy things to put in a house and I wasn't satisfied with that lifestyle anymore," she said.

Norrgard says her house cost $25,000 to build, about a tenth of the cost of the typical American home. She says hers will be move in ready in about a month. She's been working on it for five months.

"I guess I don't know for sure but I have to try it. Even though change is really scary, I think regret is worse and I have to try it," she said.

You can't help but notice this tiny house is on wheels. That's because Norggard plans to take it across the country and show people how it's done and maybe convert some folks to her new way of living.

One of her volunteer helpers says he'll seriously consider it.

"The more I work on hers the more I am comfortable with the space I'm dealing so yes I think I could," said Lewis Gonzales.

"I think it's liberating. I think living a simple lifestyle is very freeing," she said.

Speaking of freeing, the tiny house doesn't just lack space, it lacks a mortgage.
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