Do you have a ‘dream house’ that you see in your mind’s eye? What does it look like? Small, large, modern, traditional, victorian? How about the setting? Do you prefer lush forests, mountain or water views?
While I fully appreciate the majesty and stately designs of many larger homes, I must confess I don’t dream about living in one. I much prefer the efficiency and homey feel of a smaller, well designed home. Not too small though. Some of the homes I’ve been seeing lately that are gaining in popularity are barely larger than some sheds. Nope, not for me. But you have to agree…smaller homes are less expensive to build and certainly cost a lot less to maintain. If you believe like I do, that the larger the space the more stuff we accumulate, then you might agree that in so many ways small homes have not-so-obvious benefits.
There are some misconceptions about small homes that are undeserved. Some people think they’re cramped, uncomfortable or unattractive. A well planned small home can be every bit as comfortable as any large home ever built. And we should remember…the large, urban sprawls that were so popular toward the end of the 20th century have gone the way of the Hummer, and rightfully so. There are only so many resources we can use up, and we’re finally realizing Mother Nature is saying ‘ENOUGH’! Besides, wouldn’t many of us prefer to live in a house that was energy efficient while still providing us with enough space to live comfortably?
Make no mistake about it. I like my space. But when is enough enough? When is big too big and when is small too small? What do YOU think?
I’ve put together a few pictures of small houses (and in some cases, REALLY small) that caught my eye for different reasons. Some of these, including my absolute favorite, aren’t really houses. They’re playhouses for children, but I thought they were too adorable to pass on.
I’ve always had a soft spot for porches, and add yellow into the mix and I’m sold. This is actually a little playhouse from PoshTots. What child wouldn’t love this??
This is my ‘dream’ house. Like the above, it’s actually a playhouse, but I love nearly everything about it, and who says it can’t be built in a larger size? Love the arbor, the dormer windows, the porch and the side window that suggests there’s a window seat inside. Susan at Between Naps on the Porch shares a similar esthetic, and this is her dream house as well. True story…after searching on iStock for hours looking for a house to place in my header, I came across one that I fell in love with. It was yellow and had a porch, similar to this one, but something about it looked familiar. Then I realized it was in Susan’s header! I was soooooo disappointed, but of course I couldn’t use the same one. I continued to look and never found a single house I liked nearly as much, so I ended up with the header you see now.
Would you ever think of having a blue roof? I never did, but this cute little bungalow style home has me wondering. Maybe pale yellow with blue shutters instead of white, although the white is beautiful.
This house belongs in a fairy tale. I love the flowers and cute little awning on the front window.
Looks like this cutie has a picket fence, which I love! Seems maybe a tad too small for me, but I wouldn’t mind it as a studio ;).
Speaking of studios, this is my favorite part of this next house. That building to the left would be perfect! I’ve come to the realization I could be perfectly happy in a small home providing I had a studio space big enough to accommodate all my treasures waiting for a makeover…you know. The ones we find on the curb, at garage sales, or flea markets.
This one is too cute for words. Tiny, but wow! Pure sweetness.
This house, for me, represents the near perfect size. The only thing it’s missing is a little porch, but I’d be perfectly happy with it as is.
This next house, while not my style, has a lovely view it seems. One that you can enjoy no matter where you’re situated in the home.
When I look at this house it reminds me for some reason of a caretaker’s cottage. I picture a much larger home somewhere nearby in a similar style.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t adore thatched roof cottages??
Here’s another home that falls into the ‘just about perfect size’ category. I love the front gate, too.
The inside of smaller homes look and feel best when they have open floor plans and higher ceilings like this one. Notice how the refrigerator is a bit scaled down compared to most American kitchens, but still functional for one or two people.
How large is your home? Do you feel it’s too big or too small?
If we will have the wisdom to survive, To stand like slow-growing trees on a ruined place, Renewing, enriching it, If we will make our seasons welcome here, Asking not too much of earth or heaven, Then a long time after we are dead, The lives our lives prepare will live here.”