I am on imagination or dreaming lately. Sherry and I have always liked living small. Oh, I’m not saying we always have, we have built some nice homes, and enjoyed them. It is a benefit to being a builder. We easily slid from the larger homes to a 300 sqft motorhome, while building the next home. (this last time, she refuses to let me build another .)
We get along well in any size dwelling. Probably because we began our marriage in an 8x26’ trailer, our love nest, and loved it.
As a builder I have always wanted to build some ‘tiny’ homes, but most building codes eliminated that. There was a regulation that each family member must have so much space, and you must have electricity, I have no idea if anything like that still exists. In my lifetime there have been families of 6-14 living in two bedroom houses, and the kids grew up normal and able to get-along in the world. Closeness indirectly teaches you how to get-along.
There was a time the military troops lived in ‘open bays’ environment. Each troop had about 20sqft including his rack (bed). His/her total possessions were in a locker box, Under his bunk. Top bunk guy’s lockerbox at the rear, bottom bunk guy’s, at the front (picture Grandma’s trunk or cedar chest).
Now they have ‘rooms’, a strange sad figure has immerged. Having room and privacy we have more depressions, homesickness and suicides in service. My opinion is less camaraderie.
What does that have to do with living small? There is actually a push on, to lower the size of homes. REBELS are ignoring Peer pressure which ‘forces’ Americans to go further in debt for the ‘bigger’ home.
These small homes I have scattered in this post, are now available. Some are completely off the grid, self sufficient. You could not build one in this county, building codes will not allow the self sufficient or an underground house.
Having researched these home, I could never build one, I would have to completely re-learn technology. BUT I love the idea.
My BIL S.A., realized once the advantage of living small. When you are older, there is always something to balance and hold on to. Less falling, he said.
Just following the idea of dreaming. These homes have some neat features.
1983, more Automobiles, more foreign makes in the USA