BOISE -- Homeowners in Boise's North End welcomed dozens of strangers into their homes Saturday. It was for the Tiny House Tour benefiting the Boise High School Chamber Orchestra.

Some of the tiny houses were not originally meant to be houses at all, but were converted from sheds, carriage houses, or garages. The tour featured 12 homes in the North End, each under one thousand square feet.

The tiny house tour started as a way to avoid typical school fundraisers.

It beats cookie sales, it beats the magazine sales, said Kim Krutz, a parent of a Boise High Orchestra member and organizer of the Tiny House Tour. I got tired of that, so a mom and I were sitting on the porch going, 'well what can we do as a fundraiser for these kids?'

Looking around the North End, she got an idea for the unique fundraiser.

We said, 'you know these houses are fun! I would like to go look at one and I bet you we could get a lot of people to go on a tour of a tiny house,' said Krutz.

Their original goal was to get 100 people to go on the tours. Aided by nice weather, they exceeded their goal. More than 300 people took the tiny house tour.

Jill Jasper, who lives in a 2,000 square foot house, was one of those who came out for the tour Saturday.

I'm always intrigued by the idea of the tiny houses and I just wanted to see them, said Jasper. We have a lot of space we don't use very often or very much, and these houses are all used, every inch of them.

To be considered for the tour, the tiny houses could be no more than 1,000 square feet. The two smallest houses on the tour measure at only 360 square feet.

The owners of the tiny houses welcomed curious guests during the tour.

They like sharing their houses, said Krutz. They're beautiful, they're fun, they're just interesting.

The Boise High School Chamber Orchestra is having another fundraiser in January. It's a benefit concert featuring guest vocalist Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb.

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