Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Small House Movement


The Small House Movement.

A movement towards the architecturally small and simplified lifestyle.

In one word:
Downsizing.

Typically no more than 500 square ft, these delightfully compact dwellings offer quality rather than quantity.

While some people prefer to use them as extensions to their houses, business offices, or vacation cabins, many people are adopting them into a more cost-savvy lifestyle due to environmental concerns, financial hardships and seeking more time and freedom for themselves and family.

Tossing out all the superfluous clutter and materialistic muck and swapping it for a smarter living space, that even has the option of coming with wheels!--how can you beat this??

I happened upon this movement quite by accident but I am completely captivated by this kind of lifestyle.

Do we seriously need all the junk stuff around our house that we say "we need?" Really??


From what I have uncovered about this Movement, the biggest positive benefit is the huge reduction in energy/utility costs which equals more money in your wallet at the end of the day and how much time you'll save when it comes to upkeep and maintenance??

They range from 70 sq ft to around a 1000 or so...really it is up to you. You can build it from scraps and salvaged material for basically nothing-as I have read from some homeowner accounts, or buy the supplies yourself to build them for anywhere from $18,000-$60,000 (just rough estimates).

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses is one such supplier of these ready to build small homes or you can check out their blog here with models and floor plans.

I love the simplicity and freedom these homes offer. They are too adorable!! I had to post like a ton of photos because they are so darling.

I. Want. One.


I read about a number of families (probably smaller in size-but families none-the-less) who
love their "Small Homes" and do quite well with them--
course they probably have the larger sized ones like the pics just above...

I know I could live quite comfortably in one of these.
What about you?
:)



33 comments:

  1. Don't know that I could live in these quarters on a permanent basis but these are ADORABLE. Love the quaintness of them. :)

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  2. I think i can! haha. with this kind of space you are force to take only what you really need. But i think this is only good if you are single. haha my family wont be able to tolerate this kind of space. Especially my mom! There would be discomfort in moving around. Especially if you want privacy. haha

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  3. I LOVE these! If I never get married, I have decided I will get one. I love how you can take such a small place and add so much personalization. Love it!!

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    1. haha i love what you wrote because I was thinking this would be perfect for marriage...haha And you could save so much money while living here until you can afford a better place or something. And its cozy and intimate. i dnno but then again im not in a relationship so who knows if I'd want that by then. But yeah, I thought it was funny reading your comment.

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    2. Hey girls! @Jessica: see below post comment :)))

      @Cheche--I think it would be a very interesting way to start your marriage...you'd really get to know that person FAST and all their quirkiness haha...but I think, again, totally doable--even for just a certain amount of time. If you got to travel around too, doubly better! :))

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  4. They're so lovely! I'm especially fond of the cozy wood ones. I think I could live in one of these - I've lived in a small flat all my life so one of these with outside space would be perfect. There was a programme in the UK not long ago about making use of and designing small spaces: George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. Worth watching for ideas if you can access it!

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  5. These are so cute - I love them! They also are giving me some great ideas for making a cozy and cute living space in a super tiny NYC studio. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I need one for my parent's house so when I visit I can stay there!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  7. @Rissi: Yes, I think it would certainly be an adventure living in one of them. I love how cute and unique they are :)


    @tabulyogang: I agree it would be the easiest if you were single. However I read a lot of accounts from couples and even families (in the slightly larger ones -like the last few pics) that said they loved it! I love tossing things out and due to all the moving I've done, I've gotten quite good at condensing my stuff and what's important. To me, it seems very doable :)


    @Jessica: :) I fell in love with them at first sight! These pics are so great because each one is so different - depending on the owners. I love that aspect of individualizing them. I would have SO MUCH fun decorating mine :)The idea of putting it on wheels and traveling around the country is appealing too. Although, I might want a partner in crime for that one. I might be too scared to do it bymyself. But think of how awesome that would be, seeing new sights outside your lovely little windows every few nights :)


    @Fred: I like the wood ones too, quite quaint and rustic. I will definitely check out That show you mentioned--I love getting new ideas even though I may be a little slow implementing them in my own apt :) I will store them away for future possible Small House aquirings :)

    @Emily: Oh that is so neat, I think it is a fun challenge to be able to take a space, albeit small, and make it the most efficient and cozy respite from the craziness of the great outside. I would love to see what you could do with your new space :)


    @Naomi: Great idea, Naomi! haha I didn't think of that. I have read some families buying these and sticking them behind or alongside their homes and then renting them and making a lovely profit. Good idea--in lieu of the traditional Mother-in-law suite out back--a cozy Tiny Home :)

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  8. Hey Jeanine!! Thanks for your lovely comment :) It was such a gem to hear from you! I am quite enjoying your blog as well, definitely a new follower.

    These houses are ADORABLE and I WANT ONE TOO! They are so cute and tiny and hobbit-ish :D

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    1. And thank you Lacey! :) So happy you stopped by! These houses are loveliness for sure---oh and yess! Hobbit-ish to be more specific. I love that! haha

      Frodo and Bilbo would quite agree, indeed. ;)

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    2. I live in the uk and was wondering where you got the fridge freezer, which is displayed in one of the pictures above.. Could you give me the web site and love the tiny builds

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  9. Hay! thanks for the sweet comment, i like your blog!

    i loved this post, i could SOOO live in one of those houses, i love small cozy places, it also helps being a short shrimp of a person as i am, haha.
    xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Noni :) I feel being short should have it's perks...and now I am quite certain living comfortably in one of these would most definitely count as we "vertically challenged" would be quite comfortable. Mwha-hahaa :)

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  10. I want to live in a gypsy wagon! That would be my choice. Or . . . a hobbit-hole! Lacey's comment made me think of it :D

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  11. @Lydia: The gypsy wagon is adorable isn't it?!! I love the bright colors and the happy dog waiting on the outside :) I'm sure you could build any one of these into the side of a hill--and have a truly authentic hobbiton home :))yessss

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  12. Oh yes, I would definitely take to one of these little homes. When I stop and think about what I really use in my home, I can really downsize to the bare essentials. It would give me so much more time to enjoy outdoor activities and on rainy, cold days, it would be a cozy nest to read a good book or make a pot of porridge. I would like one on wheels so I would never have to leave my home :) Great post Neen.
    xoxo
    Nonnie

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    1. Yes, indeed that sounds so lovely :) I will come over and help you THROW OUT stuff :)Tiny Homes, here we come! :))

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  13. Oh my gracious! I love them! I want one! I need one! :D But seriously, they are awesome. I could easily live in one of the smaller ones with no problem. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. I have seen these little houses before and they do look adorable. I couldn't live in one for the long haul though because the lack of space would drive me nuts. I need to be able to spread out. I love Bilbo Bagins Hobbit home because it looks very roomy. Bilbo had a lot of space in there. It is possible to live minimalist in a big space which is what I try to do as much as possible. It takes discipline.

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    1. I LOVE BILBO's hobbit home. I want to live there, too. Discipline is key, very true...and urging oneself to keep walking past shelves and shelves of tempting items for home when shopping...and saying 'No, I don't really need that!'...i think it takes a shift in one's whole mindset...the culture we live in, says the exact opposite---buy moreeee!

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  15. Too fun! Show my small tiny house for friends http://machalotte.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Wow! This is so awesome! Good for you with your Tiny Home! I will have to peruse your blog at length :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. we are doing this "small House movement" one step at a time we have already went from a 1700 to 1200 sq ft house 3/2 and now I start with the stuff its going to be hard IM a extreme couponer and my stockpile has ogtten out of control as with other things I have collected, small boxes gift bags candles... in one word junk. my goal is 6 mos to be cleaned out whether it sells in a yarrd sale given away or sold on ebay I want to live this scaled down lifestyle and try to change my habits of a my 10 year old with her compulsive shopping and buying of all kinds of toys, we just seem to be buying more bins to accomodate more stuff, so its going to stop , hard as it may be I need and will do this,

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    1. I'm so inspired by you Ann! Good for you making the huge leap to a more "down-sized" life. I'm sure you will save loads of money, although if you are an extreme couponer you probably save loads anyway :) I'm about to move again and then head overseas so I am going to go through another huge down-sizing of possessions, myself. At first it's a bit painful but then once you start it gets MUCH easier, most of the time...for me anyways...I need to get on the initial roll though...Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us!! :) Best of luck with that I'd love to hear more how it goes!

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  17. Love the pics!!! I'm studying to be an architect and these pics really inspired some of the designs I've been planning for building one of my own... Thanks:-)

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    1. Hi Becky! So happy you stopped by :) I think that is super awesome that you are studying to be an architect AND that you are planning on building one of these!! Oh my gosh, I should totally hire you to design me one :) Good luck in your endeavors and I hope you achieve them all!

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  18. Where did the tower one come from? I've not seen that style before.

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  19. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for stopping by :) That turret house is unusual for sure and it is so darling...it's on a Louisiana estate dating around 1750!
    For more info and pics go here:
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/pigeoncottage-living-mayjune-2-50812

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  20. I'm living in one for 3 years now. 145 sq ft concrete bungalow. And here in the Philippines, it only cost me and my husband 200,000 pesos (all-in) to build from Sept 2009 to January 2010. I designed it and we both helped in building it --- literally speaking. It has a bed, small kitchen area with double burner and sink, ref, washing machine, CR with shower and lavatory, dining/living space, CR and floor tiled. We have jalousied floor-to-ceiling screened (for mosquitoes) windows so we don't have to install aircons. My husband and I came from families with big houses with lots of stuffs. Living simply is such a relief and fun. and we have money left to buy multicab pick up type and start a laundry business with 6 washing machines and dryer (we design and build --- that's another story...).

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    1. Wow Debbie! This is so amazing! Im so fascinated by the 'tiny house' decluttering lifestyle and it's so neat to hear others living well like this. I would love to see what your place looks like! It sounds great and like you said, a relief from all the stresses of maintaining larger lifestyles. Best of luck as you continue forward with it!

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  21. This is great information you provided for selling homes with the help of social media. Every home seller should be aware of the power of social media.
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  22. I'm looking to build a tiny but permanent home in the future.. Less then 400 sf but with full basement and full second floor .. Somewhere in the mountains.. I have been doing allot of research and drawings.. Hope to get off the grid too..

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