Today I wanted to explain why we chose to build a house that is under 900 square feet. Sure, finances is part of it, but that isn’t the only reason. A lot of planning went into the footprint, design, and floor plan.
We took a long, hard look at how much space we use in our 1,180 square foot trailer. Our daughter’s room is basically storage because she doesn’t use it. We don’t use our dining room for eating, but the kids love playing on it. They rarely play in their rooms because they prefer to hang out with us in the living room. Our bedroom is where we sleep.
So, basically, we use our room, our oldest son sleeps/hangs out in his room, we spend a lot of time in the living room, and we cook in the kitchen. We rarely have people over, but I’m hoping that changes once the house is done, but we won’t be entertaining a lot of people. If we do, we have a beautiful yard and a patio.
If you are considering a smaller house I would encourage you to look at what spaces you use in your current home and what is storage or empty. Also, consider your outdoor space. When the weather is nice (and even when it’s raining) our children prefer playing in our yard. Being in Alabama, that means they’re outside most of the time from March through January so they don’t really need a lot of indoor toys. They just need a place to sleep.
You may be wondering what we have as far as rooms in an 800 square foot house. It is 3 bedrooms, our sons are going to share, one bathroom, we have a sunroom nook in our living room, and we have an eat-in kitchen. My husband is disabled so our bedroom is on the main floor to make his life easier. Our kids will share the upstairs because they enjoy playing together.
The house is about halfway done now, but we are praying to finish it in March so we can start moving in. It won’t take long and moving will involve a large yard sale because we won’t need all of our stuff anymore. I’m looking forward to the purge, to be honest. We considered heirlooms and things that have sentimental value when we designed the house.
If you have any questions please comment below. God bless you.