Jesse Russell returned to his hometown of Bend, Oregon where he started Tongue and Groove Tiny Homes with his childhood friend, Kit Blackwelder. The Tiny House movement represents a lifestyle paradigm shift. Eliminating most of your possessions and living in a 200 square foot house won’t appeal to everyone. However, a growing number of people have concluded that a big house and a focus on the material won’t make you happier; in fact, it just complicates things. A tiny house is a way to free yourself and open to more opportunities.