Saturday, March 24, 2012

Square Footage...How Small Can You Go?

Hello Everyone!
Another busy week and I'm lagging on the blog-front, but I'm back!  Does anyone watch "House Hunters" on HGTV?? 


http://hermanchan.net/blog/2010/03/19/herman-on-hgtvs-house-hunters/

I do love that show!  I find it funny and slightly disturbing any time a couple goes through a
Gi-Normous house and they are sooooooo disappointed because, how on Earth will their kids ever be able to share one bathroom sink?!  Or, "We have 2 children, 5 bedrooms will not be enough!".  Is it just me that finds this strange?  Maybe because I have never lived in a gi-normous house and do not know what it's like to be able to spread those wings!  When you look around at what other people live in, especially on these shows like...Selling LA and House Hunters it's hard not to compare your own home, look around your living room while you watch, and think...how'd I end up in this dump!.Ha.  Then you watch Selling New York and see bidding wars over million dollar apartments the size of a tissue box and think...Girl I got it gooooood:)  Don't get me wrong there are times when I think we should find a bigger house, maybe we will some day, but I keep looking and coming up empty on style and character when it comes to getting more square footage.  So, here we stay!  It takes real saavy and organization to live well and raise a family in a small home and I'm proud to say I am one of those people.  Cheers to the little houses of the world! 
Here are a few of my favorite petite styles.  Timeless, Classic, Beautiful....
http://www.essential-architecture.com/IMAGES2/BUNGALOW(4).JPG
The Craftsman Bungalow.  My very favorite!  The dark/white contrast lets the details shine.


http://www.sbconservancy.org/reminiscing.htm
The Spanish style Bungalow.  If I ever moved to Cali, I would be crazy to not live in one...so many are serious architectural gems!  By the way, I had a thought, if you did live in a California style climate (which unfortunately I do NOT), if you need more square footage, take it outside!  Outdoor rooms could be a whole other post that I'll touch on at some point, but this one is Spanish style so I'll just pop it in:)


Spanish Bungalow mediterranean landscape
mediterranean landscape design by san luis obispo landscape architect Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

This Victorian Bungalow is fabulous!  Even more fabulous because it's from my beautiful home state of Iowa.  Let me just say, I would not have energy to own this house.  Can you see yourself out there on a ladder year after year working on that paint job?

Victorian cottage house, Decorah, Iowa

Let's face it, owning a small home may be less maintenance, but when you have an old architecturally detailed house like the ones above, it's not going to be a walk in the park. The exterior maintenance can be all consuming sometimes. They are not for everyone, I just wanted to remind myself that it's not always about square footage.  I know the tniy house revolution is here, however, square footage CAN make some difference...
I mean, could you live in this???


http://livingroomrealtors.com/tiny-house-revolution/

NEVER!  So cute though:)
Have a great weekend!!

-Jess xo

2 comments:

Susan said...

I currently live in a 2400sf house, so by no means is it small (it's right on average for an American home these days).

We moved into this house from a 700sf condo (in Chicago), which was large enough for 3 of us (despite only having one bedroom).

I'm already planning my retirement, and have my eye on a Katrina cottage, which will be one bedroom, around 500 sf. If only I can convince my husband that he needs to give up his home theater...

Jessica Schweitzer said...

Susan, I hear ya! Some things are hard to sacrifice for the lesser square footage. That could take a lot of convincing though!haha. Thanks for reading!
-Jess