McMansion, meet your nemesis.
I have a thing for tiny houses. I suppose the proper name is “cottage.”
When I was growing up, there was a little house not too far from where I lived. I was always fascinated by it. Who lived there? Were they small, too?
Today one of my dearest friends lives in this same little house. She moved in a couple of months ago and loves it. Because she’s in a wheelchair, the house is easy for her to manuever. Her arms don’t feel as tired.
The floor plan: galley kitchen, living room, bedroom, bath.
There are no walk-in closets. Finding things is a snap. Nothing in the home is superfluous or unwanted.
And last month’s electric bill was a whooping $11!
update: one of the Globe’s most emailed stories for 12/3: http://www.boston.com/business/gallery/tinyhouses113010/?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed2_HP
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I have the same fascination with tiny spaces. One of my favorite shows on HGTV was “Small Spaces/Big Design” and I still watch videos on YouTube about small spaces.
I think the movement can go too far – I’ve seen some where people are living in spaces barely bigger than closets, but I love the minimalism, and just getting down to the essentials of what you need. 90% of what it’s in basements/garages/attics, we hardly ever use anyway!