Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scaled-down dwellings are all the rage

I've been fascinated with the tiny home movement. These dwellings are adorable and quite the contrast compared to the massive square footage homes have spread out in recent years. Why work just to pay that huge monthly mortgage payment when you can live small and have lots of dough left over for other things, lots of other things.
And, tiny homes sure make house cleaning a tiny chore. What's not to like about that?

Photo credit: wallyir from

Take a look at these small homes- ranging from under 100 square feet to 370 square feet.

I couldn't help but think of the shotgun houses I've seen. They are compact and make full use of interior footage because of the the lack of a hallway.

Then there are the micro-homes which can be made in whatever shape you prefer.

And garage homes with 250 square feet. and I might add looks to be very spacious.

 And for those who like being near the water, you might consider small homes on or near the water, like these.  And, many of these house boats are priced in the $20s. Wow!

And this man made a dwelling out of a garbage dumpster. See video.

All in all, I can see some manufacturers coming out with all sorts of combined fixtures/appliances/furniture  to give the most bang for the square feet in these scaled down dwellings where space is a premium.

For the most part, I think making the most of every inch of living space is a great design for  dwellings, eliminating empty, unused space and leads one to not accumulate and unnecessary stuff.

American Indians were at the forefront of compact dwellings with their teepees, longhouses and such, and they didn't have to climb up a ladder to get to the bedroom or the bed.  And climbing a ladder might be the only draw back that I see in most of the designs to access the bedroom overhead. This could be no problem for the young but it might be dangerous for anyone with a knee problem or not too steady holding onto a ladder after just waking up needing to get to the bathroom in a hurry.

My experience with small living space was twenty years ago when I moved a storage shed out to the country to begin moving my belonging out of a two-bedroom apartment when I was in the process of moving to the country. All my furniture was placed inside a 12 X 16 foot wood floor, metal-roof storage shed with two windows, a door, an overhead light and two wall sockets. It was Springtime and I slept so good when it rained. Everything was within arms reach and I was so happy living in that little space with my dog. I really didn't want to move out of it.

So whatever size dwelling you like, in whatever material you want it constructed of, if it's what you like, live it up and live large in your small dwelling.

 The size of a home matters not.  Just as long as it's where your heart is, it's home.