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Rochester woman puts tiny home on display in Lanesboro

LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- -

A tiny house is drawing big attention in Lanesboro. It's not much bigger than an average bedroom, and a local woman is planning to move in.

The 260-square-foot home is on display in front of St. Mane Theatre through Friday. Despite the small space, the house features a kitchen with a stove and refrigerator, a restroom with a shower, and even stairs leading to a bedroom on the second level.

The tiny house also features an air conditioning unit, drawers built into the stairs, and hookups for a washer and dryer.

Recent college graduate Kylie Osterhus, of Rochester, said she's planning to move in with her boyfriend and cat in the near future. She explained why.

 "Student debt. But I had also learned some about, you know, the environment and I wanted to better understand my ecological footprint," said Osterhus.

Osterhus had always been fascinated by the tiny house movement across the country. So her family bought the shell of a tiny home, then worked together for a year and a half on the interior.

"My dad has always helped me throughout the years," said Osterhus. "My mom just loves the whole design process and the decorating. And she's like, 'Oh you can do this or do this.' And she'd pull things out of nowhere."

Being a recent college grad, Kylie is used to living in crammed quarters. So for her, this house might not be so tiny after all.

"This has a lot more amenities than a college dorm would have. But I wasn't going from a place of excess. I didn't live in a 2,000-square-foot house to this," Osterhus said.

Osterhus is still deciding on a permanent location for her tiny home, as well as a move-in date.

The house will be available for tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

A documentary about the tiny house movement, called "Small is Beautiful," will be screened at St. Mane Theatre  at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The event is free. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held. Osterhus will join others to share their experiences with tiny homes.

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