Around the same time, we considered building or buying a house and we fell in love with the aesthetic of Dwell magazine and Sarah Susanka's book The Not So Big House. I still dream of designing a small house based on our needs and wants and not the expectations of society at large.
This came to mind again recently when I read the New York Times article Freedom in 704 Square Feet about a Portland couple who designed and built their house so they would have more time and money to devote to what they chose to do rather then keeping up payments and maintenance on a larger house.
|Freedom in 704 Square Feet|
People build small or tiny houses for a variety of reasons. Some want to have a lighter impact on the earth. Others want to spend less money and time on their housing so they can do the work they love or spend more time with their family.
|Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses' "The Boulder"|
Whenever I've had the chance to spend time in a small, tidy place it's been a positive experience. I stayed in a lovely Paris apartment a few years ago, first with Chuck and later with Mindy and our friend, Lynn. It has a loft bed, small rooms, and pretty old beams. Last weekend, I stayed with my friend Sarah in her little cottage and loved the coziness of it.
While living small or tiny is not for everyone, the idea is so appealing to me. We may just need to test it out temporarily one of these days and see how we do....