Small housing

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Small housing includes overlapping types/terms such as microunit, microapartment, tiny house (or tiny home), Accessory dwellings.  

"Small" is a relative, shifting, and somewhat complex concept, for various reasons: 

  1. there are different ways to measure dwelling space - for example counting fully private and enclosed space, private but open, accessible shared space, and/or usable public space in vicinity. Also, it could be measured in total unit interior floor area, area per occupant, volume, or rooms.
    Government regulations such as adopted Building code typically address unit total, interior, private floor area, usually without reference to shared or public space or open/outdoor space. 
     
  2. dwelling space may be considered and regulated per unit, or per person. If it is per unit, and number of occupants in that unit is not considered or regulated, then the average space per person may vary widely by number, and also by the pattern by which which residents co-inhabit the space. (e.g. is it a couple sharing a bedroom, children, adults who are often away or there at non-conflicting times). ]
     
  3. Typical and acceptable dwelling space, and expectations of private space, vary widely historically and globally. Generally, average dwelling spaces in the United States are at the highest end of historical and global norms, and have also increased dramatically in the last 50 years, due to both large increase in size of units built and decrease in average size of household. 
     

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