The idea is simple. Create a home that is just big enough for two or three persons, but small enough so that it would be easy to maintain, environmentally responsible and inexpensive to operate. That would allow the occupants to free up their time and funds for other pursuits. Own less, live more: It can become a strategy, but only if you’re a family of three or with no kids. You would need a place that did not have the cramped rooms and low-slung doorways of traditional houses and that was small enough to vacuum completely in five to ten minutes, within the cord’s reach of from a single outlet, so there wouldn’t have to be any unplugging and re-plugging of the vacuum cleaner.
Stairs are naturally out of the question because since the strategy is to live here until you grow old, you wouldn’t want stairs that will serve no purpose in your golden years. Start off by planning out a 700 or 800 square feet house with a vaulted greed roof planted with native flora. The green roof will serve the house well because of the tidy size. While living small has its share of advocates, it is still underrepresented in the American housing market. The average home size in the United States is usually around 2,500 square feet.
Americans don’t seem to like living in homes the size of hotel rooms. However, even with an architect and contractor, a size 700 or 800 house means you get to save a lot of money on the construction materials and labor. A home of this size would only cost about $135,000, including materials and labor. It is suggested though, that homeowners should purchase around 2,000 square feet of land so that after the house is built, the extra space can make a spacious garden and backyard.
What many people don’t know is that many cities offer grants of up to $9,000 for the green roof and small home size, and you get a break on your water bill for managing and reusing storm water with permeable pavers, a rain garden, and a 550-gallon rain barrel. The large extra land for landscaping also softens the industrial feeling of the exterior, creating the impression of a more expansive home. The energy-savings department alone makes up for the cost of the home. The benefits of this home size arrangement speak for itself. In nine months, the mortgage is usually paid in full, which will leave just monthly costs of roughly $370 for property taxes, utilities, municipal services, and insurance.