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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Tiny house builders brought model homes to the Tiny House Conference, held recently at McDowell Nature Preserve.
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    Asheville-based Wishbone Tiny Homes brought this 120-square-foot house, which it sells for $45,000 and has an additional 50 square feet in the sleeping loft.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    The bathroom in this model by Wishbone Tiny Homes has a composting toilet.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    The furnace in a house by Wishbone Tiny Homes.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    D. I. von Briesen talks about the EcoBox II, a 160-square-foot home made from a steel shipping container.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    D. I. von Briesen stands beside the stove in the EcoBox II, which is made from a steel shipping container. The stove is derived from marine technology.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    - COURTESY OF GRAHAM WALES
    The Inaugural is a 160-square-foot home that was on display in Charlotte during the Tiny House Conference. The home sells for $50,000.
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    - COURTESY OF GRAHAM WALES
    The Inaugural is a 160-square-foot home that was on display in Charlotte during the Tiny House conference. The sleeping area is above the kitchen.
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    - COURTESY OF GRAHAM WALES
    A ladder allows entry to the sleeping loft in The Inaugural, a model on display in Charlotte recently during the Tiny House Conference.
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    - COURTESY OF GRAHAM WALES
    The Inaugural is a 160-square-foot home that was on display in Charlotte during the Tiny House conference. The home sells for $50,000.
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    - COURTESY OF GRAHAM WALES
    The Inaugural is a 160-square-foot home that was on display in Charlotte during the Tiny House conference. The home sells for $50,000.
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    Dee Williams lived in a 1920s bungalow before a health crisis led her to sell the home, in Washington State.
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    Dee Williams says living in a tiny house has changed her relationship with space, the natural world and her community. The solar panel beside the house is part of a 240-watt system that runs the lights, a laptop, radio, cell phone.
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    Dee Williams built her tiny house herself and has lived in it mortgage-free for about 10 years. DEE WILLIAMS
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    It took Dee Williams a few months to build her her tiny house. She has lived in it mortgage-free for about 10 years.
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    Dee Williams built her tiny house and has lived in it mortgage-free for about 10 years. DEE WILLIAMS
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    Dee Williams built her tiny house and has lived in it mortgage-free for about 10 years. DEE WILLIAMS
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    - COURTESY OF DEE WILLIAMS
    Dee Williams’ house has a sleeping area above the kitchen.
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