The type of house I'm most attracted to personally, is a smaller home. Who doesn't love a charming little cottage? Or a studio apartment in New York City? Our house right now is only about 1200 square feet.
Have you all seen the tiny Tumbleweed Houses? I'm sure you have, they're huge right now (Ha)! Jay Shafer, the owner of the company was on Oprah a year or two ago and I've been fascinated ever since. Jay lives in an 89 square foot home that he built himself. Here is a video of Jay's home:
Jay's designs start at about 65 square feet:
and go up to 874 square feet:
I don't think I could live in 89 square feet, but the last two are darling and I dream of having one plopped in the middle of the woods or on a clear-watered lake. I wish there were some interior photos of larger two houses, but I can't find any that I can copy. Just click on 'source' below the photos and you can see floor plans and computer mock-ups of the the interiors. The first photo has actual interior photos.
As I was playing "follow the link" to all of these little homes and the people who live in them, I found a site called Little House on the Trailer. The builder of these homes envisions them as a "care cottage" for either a person who needs care but wants the independence of living alone or a care giver who needs their own space but wants/needs to be very near the person they are caring for.
The really cool thing about these homes is they aren't so extreme like the 89 square foot tiny houses. While those super-tiny houses are cool, I can't imagine lounging around in one and being comfortable for very long. These are homes that are more....."heirloom" is the word the builder uses. You can have a real sofa in them and there are sweet little details built into these homes, like mini fireplace mantles:
Here's the kitchen in this house:
Here's another one of the Little House on the Trailer homes. It has a bedroom and a loft area for sleeping:
And yet another! This one was built as a guest house:
Aren't these adorable?
Here's a video of the builder talking about his cottages:
How small could you go?