30 January, 2010

Small home movement

Hello all, I am still feeling under the weather after few
dental treatments... No blogging here... At least for a few
more days..

Below is another interesting article on smaller homes.
It doesn't talk about cottages per se, but does have some
valuable information on living in a smaller space. If you
have a few minutes visit the links below. I recommend
the Tiny Home Blog. There is a great video showing the
inside of a tiny home. I get such a kick of stuff like that! :)

A few links I have come across...
Tumbleweed Houses
Tiny House Blog
Tiny Homes
Cottage Plans
Tiny Home Blog -
Tiny Farm Blog

Have a nice weekend ~kimme

Buying into the Small Home Movement

By: Jerry Clifford

As a response to the current economic crisis there has been a marked change to the way that many people are looking to purchase new homes. After years of buying into the inflated housing market and the "bigger is better" thought process, home buyers are now becoming more focused on the idea of quality over quantity.

There are many reasons to buy into the small housing trend or even the tiny housing trends, though what the best options are for you will really depend on your own needs. If you're a single person, you will only really only need a minimal amount of space compared to if you have a spouse and/or a child or two. Likewise, if you tend to do your socializing outside of your home, you'll need less space than if you like to throw dinner parties for your friends.

Many homeowners who buy small or tiny homes can save a lot of money and time every month. While small homes are generally less expensive to buy overall, they're also cheaper to heat in the winter and keep cool in the summer. Due to the smaller footprint your small home has it's easier to keep clean, partly because you have to be more creative with your storage solutions and hoard a little less. Smaller homes have rooms that are usable on a day to day basis instead of rooms that are "saved" for special occasions like the "out of bounds" living rooms that many of us grew up with.

If you're looking to buy a small house that isn't finished the way you'd like it, rest assured that small homes are cheaper to renovate due to a diminished amount of materials required to get the job done. Less space to sprawl out in also means that your family will spend more time together, though that also means that it's a little harder to spend time alone.

Small or tiny homes are also a green alternative to a large home. This is partly due to the fact that they take less resources to make because there is just less materials in their construction and partly due to the fact that they take less energy to heat and cool. If you also use more ecologically friendly materials in its construction you can vastly improve on your home's carbon footprint as well.

The best thing for many home buyers is that small or tiny homes usually come with very small mortgages, depending on the area they're located in. With our current economic climate, it is good for many families to take on smaller, more manageable debts instead of the large homeowner loans that helped create the current situation.
About the Author

Jerry Clifford has received the prestigious 100% Club award for his success as a real estate agent in the Minneapolis real estate area. He is certified as an ePRO and prides himself on attention to detail. If you need help in your search for Champlin Minnesota real estate, visit JerryClifford.com.

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Anonymous said...

Get well soon Kimme.

Colleen said...

Oh, I do hope you're feeling better really really soon - or as my son used to say .."hope you get all welled up"

white o'Morn cottage said...

That is a great post. I never thought of it before but yes, smaller can be better. One can always (if one is a dyed in the wool hoarder like me)get a big outbuilding. I love cosy...just love it. Love Pam

Kimme@Irish Cottage Dreams said...

Thank you all for your kind words :)


white o'morn cottage said...

Hi again Kimme. hope you are mending. Nothing worse than a sore mouth...poor you. I checked out your links and some of those little homes are cute.
We have some Canadians visiting at moment and they are gobsmacked at how small our houses are and how close together they are (we are terraced - in the middle of a row of six) We don't see them as small so it's all relative I guess...take care Pam