Small Homes aren’t a trend. They represent a way of life, both past and future. A simpler life where home was shelter, not a status symbol or fad. In the past, people built homes to fit their needs. As their families grew, their homes grew, but only enough to provide the space they needed … comfortable space.
Over time we expanded our spaces, expanded not because we were more comfortable, but because we could. Now, it’s time to step back. We need to remember that the space we build, we have to maintain, we have to heat and cool, we have to “keep”. That space can then take over our lives in ways large and small.
So, we’ve begun to step back, to build our homes to shelter us and to allow us to live comfortably. We make a decision to design our homes to have space that fits our lifestyle and not to build out just because we can. We become happier with smaller. And maybe happier because we’re living smaller.
So, think through the way you live. Think about the rooms that are seldom used and the size of the rooms that you do use. Bring everything into the human scale and you’ll live easier and more comfortably. So we encourage you to live smaller, live more simply. Don’t forgo elegance and charm, live smaller and live better.
Timber frames allow us to build smaller. We have no wasted space for bearing walls and hallways. Space is divided to best fit the way we live. Timber frames and small homes, what a great concept.
Thanks for letting me share, Bonnie Pickartz.