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The tiny house movement hits the Heartland

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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Have you heard of the tiny house movement?

People across the country are trading in their spacious homes and open floor plans for a much smaller place to call home.

And one Cape Girardeau County woman is making the transition herself.

"Dream big." That's how the saying goes, but Kristen Cook prefers a much smaller scale.

When it was time to move out of her mom and dad’s house, Cook decided it was also time to downsize.

“I can definitely come home after a long day of school or work and really be able to relax and just kind of enjoy it,” Cook said.

Cook built her 200 square foot dream home on top of an old 1978 Camper trailer making it portable too.

However, she said there was definitely a time when she questioned what she was getting into. Not for the claustrophobic, Cook maximized every square inch of the space when designing her mini mansion.

“My godfather actually made the couch so that we could have good storage in it,” she said.

The main room serves as a lot of different purposes including a living space, dining room and office.

“I wanted it to feel as homey as possible,” she said.

To get to the bedroom, though, there is some climbing involved.

Her loft style bedroom allows more space on the main floor to move around.

“I wanted it to still seem open and have room to move around and that it does feel like a home instead of just a compact trailer,” Cook said.

There were a few things though she refused to skimp out on. 

Like a fridge.

And for someone who loves to cook, she has the tools to still whip up her favorite recipes.

“Live simply," Cook said. "That is the tiny house motto.”

She’s just a few weeks away from moving in and is ready to call this place home, but she said her boyfriend still needs some convincing.

“We will see how that works,” she said.

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