Changing Trend in Homes: Going Smaller

| 1/13/2016 10:31:00 AM



When we moved to our current retirement home we discussed what we wanted and what would best suit us. We were living in a three story home with the bottom story being a basement. The square footage was about 1,800 square feet, and it was situated in a large city in Pennsylvania. It was satisfactory to have visitors and family but was a lot of house to keep clean and maintain for two people.

We decided we did not want another large house to keep clean, maintain, heat and cool for just us. It was time to downsize! Our retirement home has 768 square feet and we are not slaves to maintaining a house. We can handle 1 or 2 guests at a time providing we use a pull out sofa bed. It takes some juggling to schedule the single bathroom but it is clearly workable as long as our guests are not bathroom hogs.

Both my wife and I grew up in homes that only had one bathroom and that worked very well. You learn quickly that you have to be considerate to get along with family. We have never considered going smaller, but recently we have been watching a new trend on one of our television channels about tiny homes which we find intriguing.

Tiny Homes

Tiny homes range anywhere from 80 to 400 square feet and are sometimes built on a trailer chassis and sometimes built to go on a more permanent foundation. It is a relatively new concept and if we believe what is being said about the tiny home, its popularity is growing like wildfire. They can go on a small parcel of property and are low impact. Many have composting toilets, and ample windows and a high ceiling make them seem larger and hence not so claustrophobic.

The more recent tiny homes are designed to use every square inch of available space and they have most of the amenities that a larger home would have only much smaller. Tiny home communities are springing up across the country if you are willing to live in a more confined space and community. They appear very comfortable and most of all they are quite affordable.

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