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Small House Movement

The Small House Movement is a countercultural rebellion against the idea that bigger is better when it comes to homeownership. As Americans we learned from an early age that we should get good grades in school, attend college, get the best-paying career that suits our talents and interests, get married, start a family of little ones and eventually get that nice big house to live in.

The Small House Movement can mean a cool home for you.

But the problem with this is that it's no longer economically wise to take out expensive loans to purchase a big home when job security is becoming less certain due to the globalization of our economy as well as the economic downturn that this country is experiencing.

In addition, many owners of large homes are struggling to pay for their homes while others have foreclosed on their homes. For the young person who is starting their new career, it will be difficult to afford a new home because if their starting salary isn't very high, they may have to move back in with his parents or seek out a cheap apartment in the city.

Downsize Me ...

It's for these and other reasons why some people have decided to consider owning or building a smaller home and there are benefits to this. And the other reason is a counterculture green movement of people who want to reduce their carbon footprint, help the environment and downsize in order to get a different perspective on life.

A small home can look just as attractive as a big house. It depends on how resourceful you are in decorating the home. The Small House Movement is fueled by people who want more affordable housing, who want to live simply or who want to be environmentally-friendly in their lifestyles. According to recent articles from the New York Times, CNN.com, and the American Institute of Architects, the economic downturn is one of the top reasons why some people are purchasing or building smaller homes.

Small House on Wheels

And according to the Simple Dollar, living in a small home is eco-friendly because you're using fewer resources to build and maintain the home unlike the larger homes, and you won't have the stress of worrying about how you're going to clean and repair the home. In addition, smaller homes are more affordable and your energy bill will be lower.

And living in a smaller home means you'll be more conscious of what you'll bring and keep in your home because you'll want less clutter around. Some Americans put wheels on their smaller homes and place them in their backyards to be used as home offices, studios or extra bedrooms for guests. This seems to be a trend in sustainable living that may be around for a few years.

Backyard House ...

Other people who have been foreclosed upon choose to buy or build small houses and place them in the backyards of their parents or other relatives, which gives space to those who aren't used to living together.

Small Metal House
According to the U.S. News and World Report, when you buy or build a big house, you're not only paying a fortune for the house itself but also the maintenance of that home. But when you buy a smaller home you're paying less money for both the house itself and upkeep of that house. The basic design of a very small home includes a porch or deck, windows with a nice view of outside, mini kitchen and bathroom and minimal storage space.

This is not to say that there aren't some disadvantages to living in a small home. If you have a large family and you want everyone to have their own space, then a small house may not be for you. Or if you're a person who invites many guests over for dinner, then you would have to develop a creative way to have enough room for everyone to fit in your house or entertain outside where there is more room.


Over the past 10 years the Small House Movement has picked up steam for all of the reasons I've already listed. You don't have to wait until you're elderly to downsize. For some people it makes sense to do it now.

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