It is a trend. It is a sign of the times. It is a cultural movement.
Itty bitty teeny tiny houses.
Having lived in a 4000+ square foot home for sixteen years, this appeals to me. In a larger home, even with just two adults and three cats, house cleaning is a two-day drama. The first year here, the boiler in the basement was fired up (an old one, mind you) and the radiators gave peaceful comfort in cold weather. The January bill was over $1000.00. The radiators were removed.
Of course, my home is 100 years old - this year was its centennial birthday. It was built by an architect who was also a contractor and builder for himself and his wife. His name is Walter P. Jones. Imagine the delight when my husband found two original drawings of his in a far corner of the attic. Imagine my delight when I found the original handwritten records from 1909 at the county recorder's office that said:
"...the sum of Ten ($10.00) dollars, in gold coin of the United States of America...for the lot piece parcel of land in the city of Berkeley, County of Alameda, state of California as described below:
Lot number eleven (11) in Block number three (3), as designated on the map entitled "Map Of Grand View Terrace, Berkeley, California, May 17, 1907..."
Wow. But, that's not what I mean to write about today.
I am impressed by the tiny houses that people are finding affordable at $20,000 - $50,000 that run between 64-840 square feet. Jay Shafer is author of The Small House Book, and he lived in an 89-square-foot house for years. When his son was born last year, he and his family moved, and live now in a relatively sprawling 500-square-foot home next to the tinier one.
Some of the homes are charming, and others are (to me) just plain ugly. Sans a kitchen, they'd make a wonderful backyard art studio. With kitchen, they'd make a perfect getaway home, if located in an area to which one loves to travel.
I like the idea. Cleaning it would take - what? Two hours tops? Here are a few, just so you see what possibilities there are.