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Even by astronauts’ standards, Greg Johnson lives in a small house.

For the past few years, he has resided in a 10-by-7 trailer-mounted home, dubbed “The Mobile Hermitage,” that stands in stark contrast to the super-sized McMansions cropping up in suburbs across the country. As the name suggests, the house can go anywhere — the trailer allows it to be towed by a truck. Most of the time, the house is parked on land in Iowa City, Iowa, that Johnson’s family has owned for 70 years.

Johnson is part of a growing movement for shrinking house sizes.