So as I was laying in bed sick yesterday I read through a little book called “Put Your Life On A Diet” by Gregory Johnson.
This is the most extreme example and book I have read yet and, though I wouldn’t be up for it myself, I found it facinating.
This guy lives by Iowa City which is cold in winters and hot in summers in a little 10 x 7 room (with a loft for a bed, I think that is how he gets his 140 total sq ft) with no electricity or running water. He goes to the gym or work for restroom and shower facilities by bike. He has a few batteries that power some fans and he has a little heater for the winter.
His place sounds really nice, was built with great materials and he seems like a fairly normal guy.
I have loved the idea of small living spaces and we have dreamed of building one of our own. An efficient space can be much smaller and still be very livable. My ideas have always included plumbing.
His website has lots of good information http://www.resourcesforlife.com/
I found a house I want, take a look http://www.m-house.org/in.html
(borrowed picture from m-house.org, lots of great pictures on the site)