There is a growing movement in the home/house world that is encouraging folks to downsize, to leave the McMansion behind and live in a house with less that 500 square feet.
Well, for starters... no thanks.
I think the pump house(yes, we had a pump house when I was growing up... our water came from a well) in our backyard was bigger than this little cabin.
There is nothing wrong with downsizing from a home you can't maintain to one that fits you and your family better. However, living in a matchbox and seemingly sacrificing comfort isn't realistic.
As the economy has changed in recent time, we have noticed a serious change in the houses that we appoint with our kitchen and bath cabinets and accessories. Homes have shrunk- not to the miniature size, but a builder that once built 4000-6000 square feet homes has recently started a development of "cottages" in the 2000-2500 square feet range. (Speaking of cottages, a very neat article at The Daily Basics turned me on to The Cottage Company- I don't like all of their ideas on development, but the designs merit praise. With tweaking, they could work everywhere... and be hot sellers.)
Each time there is a consistent theme that runs through these homes- comfort. They all have large, open floor plans that encourages togetherness across all living areas. The kitchens are meshed with living areas, formal living and dining areas have disappeared, and no sight of craft rooms, studies or entertainment rooms. With kitchens and bathrooms being our focus, it's refreshing to see the kitchen have such a focal point in the home... not just as a work space, but a living space, too.
When you look closely, it's not a bad idea. What do you get back after shrinking a couple thousand square feet? A home with 2500 square feet is certainly easier to maintain, heat and cool, and keep tidy than one with 4500- at least to me, it is.
So is it the end of the big house? Nah, not by a long shot. Instead of keeping up with the Joneses, I think more and more people are concerned with keeping up with themselves. We are all busy... our homes should be a place for us to rest, our havens.
And everyone should know, I'm not knocking the small houses... I mean the SUPER small houses.
But if I have a choice, I'm just not interested in having a house with a license plate.
My post is just one of a handful of opinions today on small living... As each posts, I'll link to them below. Please go read what they have to say and leave them a comment. Wouldn't hurt for you to leave one here either, ya know?