Dallas woman has big dreams of creating a tiny house community

Beth Ann Norrgard spends her days working an office job she loves but plans to give it up to live in a house that’s slightly larger than a cubicle.

For the last year, Norrgard, a paralegal for a downtown Dallas law firm, has been living a double life. Most nights she sheds her work clothes for bib overalls and boots and heads to a friend’s 5-acre Garland property, where she’s building a 112-square-foot house on wheels.

The tiny-house movement has spread nationally, with small communities such as Boneyard Studios in Washington, D.C., and a future village of tiny dwellings for Austin’s homeless. Norrgard, 47, plans to leave her job eventually and hit the road with her tiny house, teaching others how to downsize and build their own. She also hopes to create a tiny-house community in Dallas.