For a long time, the American dream has meant big, big, big. Big, sprawling 3,000 square foot estates on 2.5 acres with big privacy fences. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having that kind of space, perhaps we do need to ask ourselves, why so big? Southern Living recently posited that 800 square feet is the ideal living space. Is smaller really better?
The talking points in favor of downsizing are actually pretty convincing.
In a smaller space you:
- Feel the space is more practical and manageable
- Don’t have as much maintenance
- Save on energy costs
- Won’t pay as much
Having square footage under 1,000 may sound like you’d be living in a postage stamp. It’s not true! In a home of 800 square feet, there’s still enough space for a kitchen & dining area, a living room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. For one couple, that second bedroom could be used as an office or guest space. In theory, a family of up to 4 people could still living quite comfortably.
With the tiny house movement on the rise, 800 square feet probably feels like a rambling ranch. The bonuses to living in a small space is that you shop, decorate, and live with intention. Every purchase is thoughtfully made because when space is at a premium, you only bring things into that space that are truly useful and necessary.
So if you’re downsizing due to an empty nest, out of desire, or the need to simplify, contact us today. We would be happy to help you find the (smaller) home of your dreams.