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 http://www.smallhousestyle.com