So what happened to the days of your home being a monument to yourself? A woman identified as Debra lives in a 320-square-foot home with her husband, Gary, and their 13-year-old son.

Debra says she and Gary got fed up trying to pay the mortgage on their 2,000-square-foot home, so they decided to fight back against the unstable housing market by contacting an Arkansas company that builds custom homes. Take a look at the home after the jump.It took six weeks and cost $15,000 before the family eventually moved into what amounts to little more than a dollhouse. They are pleased as the punch that can barely fit in their fridge with the results, though. And they don’t have to worry about that nasty little thing called a mortgage because the house is all paid off.

The home features all the amenities you’d see in a more traditional residence, including a shower, a stove, a washer – and a dryer, too! - even if everything fits in a much more contained space. The family even has a couch that folds out into a guest bed, should friends or family want to take the sardine feeling to a whole new level or try to be cured of their claustrophobia.

As Debra, who works next store with Gary in a studio making baby gifts, said, “It’s not what you don’t have. It’s what you do have. That’s what you focus on.”