Jay Shafer, The Man With A Tiny House, Has Had To Expand — Just A Little (VIDEO)
When Jay Shafer
invited “Oprah Show” cameras into his house in 2007, viewers were blown away by the size of his place. At just 96 square feet, Shafer’s home
was one of the tiniest most had ever seen.
“[We’re] stepping off the veranda into what I like to call the ‘great room,'” Shafer said back then, gesturing to a cozy corner with two small chairs and, surprisingly, a micro-mini fireplace.
As cameras panned the place, Shafer pointed out a big benefit to living in the tiny house. “This place has more storage per square foot than most houses would,” he said.
Shafer also showed off his kitchen and 3.5-foot sleeping space, explaining the appeal of his unconventional living arrangement. “Living small is really a luxury,” he said. “I have a lot of time now that I didn’t have before. I can focus now on the other things I want to do in my life.”
Seven years after first touring Shafer’s tiny house, “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” caught up with Shafer to see if he’s still living large in less than 100 square feet.
“Things have changed a lot for me,” Shafer says. “I moved out of my tiny house of just 100 square feet and into a relatively palatial 500-square-foot house.”
The reason for the upgrade? A young and “ever-growing” family.
Shafer, his wife and two young children continue to live comfortably and efficiently, even though it may be hard for some to understand.
“I know that 500 square feet… wouldn’t be right for everyone,” Shafer says. “But for my family, it meets our needs without exceeding our needs.”
“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.