Quite by accident, I fell in love with small house designs one fine country weekend in August 2003.
It was five years ago that we moved out of the city and into the country. One day we just got sick of noisy neighbours, tired of traffic and fed-up with living right on top of everyone. We craved a simpler lifestyle and a little peace.
As Australians do, we had been having a few drinks and talking at home one Saturday afternoon, when we decided to up sticks and move to the country. We have always had a soft spot for the wide open spaces and friendly small town lifestyle.
So we made a decision.
Deciding on the loveliest country area that we knew of in our small state of Tasmania, we jumped in the car and drove directly into the heart of it and found a real estate agent and our first small farm house.
That weekend was the start of something truly wonderful!
We have lived in two different small homes so far. One was the split level house (constructed with vertical board) we found that first weekend. It was right in the middle of five acres in a sleepy little valley. We loved that little house and when the owner decided they wanted to renovate we, very sadly, moved.
The second small house followed directly after that. We couldn't consider anything else because by that stage I was hooked on small living and the simple lifestyle to which we had grown accustomed!
It is the small, converted, open-plan church - dating back about 80 years or so - that we live in today.
Like many people worldwide, my partner and I have been considering buying/building a house of our own.
We’re like most in that it’s our dream (well, one of them anyhow!) to own our own peace of heaven. I’m big on researching any large decisions we make so I got to it. It was going to take time - we don’t make decisions quickly and the decision about our home was going to be treated with special care as we didn’t plan to buy or build again.
We knew we wanted a home with character, something that we could have a hand in building as much as possible to minimize the costs. Perhaps we might need something we could build in stages while we lived in the first stage. We definitely needed a style of home that was flexible and into which we could incorporate our own unique style.
I’ve never been fond of the idea of a huge mortgage and in a perfect world, would like to buy our house for cash.
Hmmm, it turns out it is going to take some time to find the perfect house for us!
So, Google at the ready, I've been spending late nights searching the far-reaching corners of the web for small, unique house designs that we can build for ourselves.
I've read about tiny living, strawbale homes, adobe houses and cob houses, kit manufactured homes, shipping container homes and geodesic dome housing, mongolian yurts and the list goes on ...
The credit crunch of 2008 has factored largely into my desire to find the best kind of small home for us. I mentioned earlier that I wasn't keen on a large mortgage and, with the way the world's economies are going, no-one knows how the future will affect the choices that we make now.
Small and tiny houses have endless possibilities. What they lack in space compared to the standard size home, they make up for in marvelous creativity and the love that goes into each individual design.
The best part of small house designs is that they can be altered, adjusted and designed to suit the home owner's desires and requirements. Whether you're looking for tiny houses for the solo dweller/couple or small houses for a family (like us), there are endless choices for you that won't cripple you or your family financially for the next 30 years.
Here at Living In Small Houses, we are dedicated to small space living solutions that reduce your mortgage!
Enjoy discovering everything this site has to offer you.
If you've built, renovated, bought or rent your own Small or Tiny house, I'd love to hear from you (don't forget to include pictures) and we may even be able to feature you and your small home right here on L.I.S.H.
I hope you find what you're looking for - both in housing and in life!
Happy Small House hunting!