Saturday, February 20, 2010
Why We Love Smaller Homes
During college, my husband and I moved quite a bit. I would get restless and it was so easy to rent and sell contracts that when we got bored, we'd simply move. Our favorite place we ever lived was a place we called "the mansion". It was an old 1800's place that was smaller than most new homes built today. But back then it was a mansion. We lived in a room on the second floor that was less than 200 sqft total. We had a 10x10 room, a small kitchenette, a small bathroom (no tub) and a closet. We LOVED it. It took a lot of creativity to make it work and no one ever wanted to visit us (not always a bad thing), but we were our happiest there. We lived in a lot of places since then, and have learned that smaller is usually better for us. Remodeling in cheaper, utilities are cheaper, and we don't have so much clutter in our lives. Our last home was an 800 sqft 2bedroom condo that would have been great if we hadn't really wanted our own land. By the way, it's amazing what you can grow inside with a good south facing window! In our search for a house we looked at homes ranging from 600 sq ft to 2000 sq ft. Sometimes I regret not getting the 2000 sqft home. But then I loook at our heating bill and the regret quickly vanishes. I have to be honest, it's not easy living in a smaller home. Especially when all your friends have dining rooms and play rooms and family rooms, etc. But this is what we chose and we're going to make it work.