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Feb 3, 2011 11:58AM
I bought my first time buyers home in the historic "little Italy " part of town. It is 1020 sq feet and charming. Of coarse because it is in an historic part of town it is old and was not always "charming". I have remodeled the entire property and feel completely content with my choice. I sometimes try and reflect on how Italian families raised their children in these smaller home and where content and thankful with the gifts that America had given them. I believe that living modestly keeps us humble . I would like to feel that with appreciation of my time and space on earth , I can be successful in feeling as if I have live a fulfilled life when I am old !
Feb 3, 2011 11:41AM
I love this!

It all depends on your family and lifestyle as to what house you need, but these are good options for those who do not need large amounts of space. 

Feb 3, 2011 11:39AM
I call my tiny home the "Kasbah".  Remember the cartoon from the 60's where the tent looked real small from outside but when you went in it was HUGE!.  
Feb 3, 2011 9:58AM
I grew up in 950 squre feet--2 adult, three kids.  Actually that was pretty typical today.  Course that was long ago when normal was far, far different from today.  We, actually, paid for things as we went along.  Hard to imagine, isn't it.  No credit cards, built on a room as see needed it, etc.  Can you imagine, we built on the rooms ourselves!!  I've lived my entire life the same way.  So I find the ranting, whining, etc of today's world amusing to say the least.  I've never had any debt to speak of.
Feb 3, 2011 9:52AM
I do not own a house or even rent one, but it is so hard to keep the place where we live warm enough in the winter. Can you imagine if the small house had a fireplace or wood burning stove? I would never be cold. Is there any way to learn how to build one? I live in Nebraska and the snow and cold are getting too much when you can not get to town because of snow drifts on the road.
Feb 3, 2011 9:48AM

Oh well, so much for having people over for dinner, parties, super bowl. Dont think so with all that room. Everyone look at me, I'm saving the planet with my little tree house.


My kids sure love sleeping on top of each other, it brings us so close together as a family, we even recycle our bath water and use it for cooking because we care more than everyone else.


People who can afford a nice house with plenty of space are just selfish, vain, irresponsible people.

Feb 3, 2011 9:17AM

My wife and I live in a 12 x 24 house that I built 15 years ago with our bedroom in an A-frame loft (12x16)  it has full kitchen, full bath, room for our big screen TV, computers, etc. we have an 8 by 12 storage room attached to it. I built it with less than $4,000dollars worth of materials. We are quite comfortable, our heating and cooling probably doesn't exceed $1,000 per year. When summer comes we are off

to Colorado in our 42 ft converted car hauler/rv/horse trailer for 4 months of summer fun. Our utilities in the trailer total about $35 to $40 per week for Generator Gas, Propane, and water( We haul our own water from town).

Innovation minus ego can lead to savings and still a comfortable life.

Feb 3, 2011 8:51AM
We are a family of three and have chosen to purchase a small home, with lots of land. Its needs alot of upgrades but we are in the process of gettin git there. It is a block home so any wall moving is gunna take alot of work, and it needs a new roof eventually, but if we do that at the same time it will probably be more effective. but we got it cheep and can afford to do the things we need to so far, to make it our own. I couldn't be happier, being as im only 23 and a homeowner. This atricale has also givin me some great ideas!! Im glad other people are happy to live in their cozy homes as well!!!
Feb 3, 2011 8:25AM
I think its cool to see the innovative way's people choose to live. Just to get ideas apply to your life as you see fit. It doesn't have to be expensive unless you make it that way.
Feb 3, 2011 8:24AM
We just bought a small 900 sq ft house for less than 30,000, taxes run less than 500 a year. We love it, much cheaper to cool and heat, and enough space for all of us, and you can't beat a mortgage less than 400 a month either (and that's with an escrow for taxes and insurance)
Feb 3, 2011 8:17AM

So, how much is my Hm Owners Insurance. 

Feb 3, 2011 8:16AM
  when we want small we get in our motor home and hit the road at least we can move locations when tire of the one we are at but helps appreciate our 2700 sf home
Feb 3, 2011 7:49AM
Your floating house is cool but my house pmts are same or less and it is 1100sf. facing a golf course with snowcapped mountains in the So-Cal desert of Palm Springs. I gotta say, looking at these, gives inspiration to make your small home proud. 400 sf is too tiny!
Feb 3, 2011 7:35AM
Cool house.  Kinda deflates the "down sizing" premise of the article some to find out its a guest house.  
Feb 3, 2011 7:19AM
I'll bet this place is tons of fun when the water gets even just a little rough.
Feb 3, 2011 7:10AM
Also, my house was less than five grand!! The kitchen needed to be finished, but it was an easy job. All it needed was cabinets and a sink. It might be worth more now, i haven't had it appraised.
Feb 3, 2011 7:07AM
I live in a 400 square foot floating house. It is absolutely perfect!! It's good for one or maybe two people. It's connected to a dock with other houses facing east and boats on the west side. The cost of my house slip is $525. Not bad for an amazing place!!!
Feb 3, 2011 6:52AM

I really like the idea of the floating house. Does anyone have more information on these?

Feb 3, 2011 6:40AM
Manufactured Home is a lot cheaper, not safe in major storms, and once setup, has to be moved by certified installer (here in florida). 5th wheel homes are mobile, cheap with efficient living space.
Feb 3, 2011 6:30AM
This is an old idea.  I used to know several people who lived in Sausalito in boat houses at a place called Harbor 5 during the seventies.  I am sure that these dwellings (most home built), if they still exist, are costly to live in.  This became a community of musicians, celebrities and various people who had the money to live there.  I even worked at a restaurant nearby.  The point is, this is not a new idea and expect to pay high prices to live this lifestyle.
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