Small Homes

Small Houses Find Big Following in Cascadia

In a photo essay on small homes and the people who love them, Sightline Fellow Alyse Nelson explains the attraction of compact living and the ways in which small homeowners are living it up by scaling down.

January 3, 2013 - Sightline Daily

Homebuyers Have "Conflicting Expectations"

In an article primarily featuring a couple who designed and built a 560 sq ft home, a developer says that homebuyers say they want smaller homes but still want big bedrooms.

December 21, 2011 - The Houston Chronicle

The Year of the Small

Critic Inga Saffron says that the interesting architecture and urban design is happening on the small scale: small parks, small houses and small plans.

January 8, 2011 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pint-Sized Apartments Hit So Cal

Manhattanites are no stranger to 350 sq ft apartments, but Southern Californians? Tiny apartments in Santa Monica are popular, increasing access to amenities in a very expensive market.

June 2, 2010 - Kansas City Star

Mini-Homes for Homeless

A Fresno, CA architect has designed and built a number of tiny buildings made out of recycled materials as homes for the homeless, but has yet to find a site that will take them.

May 19, 2010 - The Fresno Bee

270 Sq. Ft. Condos

Dubbed "micro-lofts", these tiny units are going up in an historic building in Vancouver, B.C.

January 26, 2010 - The Vancouver Sun

12' Square

Is twelve feet square enough room to live in? Designer James Stuart thinks so, and is practicing what he preaches in his own 12' cube house in Canada.

January 10, 2010 - This Big City

New Ideas for Small Spaces

At a recent conference, international architects explained their ideas for designing and planning compact, shared, and flexible housing to meet the needs of today's households.

October 2, 2009 - Urban Omnibus

How Much Room Do You Need?

Dan Maginn proposes some exercises for visualizing how much room you actually need to live, starting with this equation: too big = not good. Small = good. Too small = suck.

August 27, 2009 - GOOD Magazine

McMansion Demand Nosedives

A survey of architects shows that a very low percentage of Americans are still clamoring for McMansions, indicating what may be a broad shift to smaller homes.

July 2, 2009 - The Wall Street Journal

The Tiny House Movement

Michael Janzen built an 80 sq. ft. house out of stuff he got for free off of Craigslist. He's just one example of people moving into very small homes to reduce their energy use and housing costs.

September 16, 2008 - The New York Times

For These Homeowners, The Smaller The Better

Smaller, environmentally friendly homes -- ranging from as much as 1000 to as little as 70 square feet -- are a hot trend in modern architecture. Eco-conscious (and wallet-conscious) buyers are increasingly interested in these new "micro mansions".

May 1, 2008 - Metropolis Magazine

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