While the small-house movement represents just a slice of the real estate market, popularity is on the rise. Small cottages and cabins offer housing that is more affordable to acquire, easier to maintain, and more environmentally sustainable. Here, some aspects of small-house design worth considering:
Outside, cedar shakes and a vintage hickory rocker give a rustic feel. Click here to read more about this cottage.
In addition to costing less (construction materials, labor, taxes, heating, maintenance, repair …), small houses may encourage a less cluttered environment and simpler lifestyle.
Like Rebbecca Abair’s cottage design, porches, decks and patios help a small house to live larger. The outdoor living season can be extended with the use of screening, an outdoor fireplace or a simple fire pit.
Landscaping is best kept natural, ideally incorporating plantings that are native to the region, so that the home blends with the environment, softening the transition between natural surroundings and dwelling.
Reclaimed materials go a long way in a small house. “Architectural salvage is one of my passions,” says Rebbecca. “I try to use as many recycled materials and fixtures that I can find to fit the space.” She says that in addition to the economical reward of using reclaimed materials, there is the bonus of knowing that a home is unique and special, something that no one else will ever have.