‘Tiny House Nation’ premieres Wednesday on A&E’s new FYI network

"Tiny House Nation's" renovation experts and hosts John Weisbarth, left, and Zack Giffin.

“If you don’t need it, you can’t keep it,” remodeling expert John Weisbarth explains to a family of three who are about to downsize from a 1,300-square-foot home to a 172-square-foot tiny house on wheels.

The small-space scenario is the first in a series of 10 one-hour episodes from A&E’s new FYI lifestyle network as it jumps on the tiny-house bandwagon with “Tiny House Nation,” premiering Wednesday, July 9.

The show is hosted by Weisbarth and contractor Zack Giffin, who lives in a 100-square-foot mobile ski chalet. The pair travel the country, highlighting tiny houses both high-end and budget-minded, such as a caboose car in Montana and a micro-apartment in New York City.

Like on other reality-based design shows, Weisbarth and Giffin will expedite the building process as they help people create dream homes no larger than 300 square feet while learning much about small-space living in the process.


Homeowners can steal many of the clever strategies involved in making a space feel bigger: using vaulted ceilings for light, installing storage under beds and growing plants in vertical planters. There are also life lessons that come with downsizing and living small.

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