Little Houses are the Next Big Thing?

A recent article in the New York Times, “The Next Little Thing?” explores the advantages and why some people prefer an 80 square-foot home. Yes, 80 square feet. Could you survive? Before you make your decision you may be surprised at some of the stunning, natural interiors. Click here for an audio slide show.

Images taken from the New York Times

The article explores several people, but one man Jay Shafer has made his living creating small homes. According to the article, the houses (he builds) range in size from about 70 to nearly 800 square feet, cost $20,000 to $90,000 to build, and resemble birdhouses: boxy shape, wood siding and high, pitched roof.

One major selling point for the small homes is the energy bill. An owner recently saw a jump in her energy costs from $4 to $8.

I am sure there are some downfalls to the small home concept, but it seems that if you are committed to the idea and prepared to live in much smaller quarters, than it may just be the perfect fit! If you are interested in learning more, check out


3 responses to “Little Houses are the Next Big Thing?

  1. Those are beautiful. I’d like to think I could live in one, although I’d run out of room for my books, and that could be a deal breaker…

  2. If you went all digital, you could swing it.

  3. I have actually spent some time in one of these and they are very humbling. When I returned to the city, I actually felt that if only I could find the perfect spot I would be able to live in a Theroux cabin for life; or at least for a hideaway from the rat race. If you are in the NYC area try the Harmony Ridge Farm And Campground in Branchville, New Jersey.

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