Tiny Lifestyle Meets Challenges in Vermont

WALDMAN-24Chrissy Bellmyer is one of many Vermont tiny home owners forced to live “under the radar.”

Bellmyer built her Chittenden County home in the summer of 2015 and moved in the following January. Her home is near Essex, she said, but declined to say where exactly because she’s worried about zoning and building code complaints.

Tiny houses, which are often considered to be 400 square feet or less, are rapidly growing in popularity around the country as an alternative to traditional housing. The average American home is 2,600 square feet, according to the Census Bureau…

Ethan Waldman, like Bellmyer, joined the movement for the financial freedom the tiny house lifestyle presents. Waldman, 31, began building his Morrisville home with the help of a carpenter in the summer of 2012. The 220-square-foot house was complete by the fall of 2013…

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