When my mother moved from her condo into a senior retirement apartment at age 89, she was overwhelmed. So were her children. What to do with all of the stuff she had accumulated over a lifetime? Turns out, there are folks who help people with this type of move.
Home ownership is part of the American Dream and to some that means having the biggest house on the block. While the size of one's home is truly a matter of preference, it may not be a practical reality for many.
Small is better, it seems -- at least in Chapel Hill, N.C. Hitching her wagon to a national trend toward tiny homes, an architect there recently unveiled her designs for the Micropolis.
Imagine living in, and skiing out of, a house that's only 112 square feet.
I don't know why, but I've always liked the small confines of a small place. When I was a kid, I would imagine my bedroom as a trailer somewhere out in the desert. The closet was the kitchen, my desk was the kitchen table, my bed doubled as a bed and a couch. The window was the trailer window and the door was the entry to the trailer.
Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first!
Just because you don't have room in your kitchen for a six-burner stove, double-bowl sink or Sub-Zero fridge, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function or style.
While we may not all be ready to follow the Tiny House movement to the fullest just yet, we can all take these small steps in our lives to live more consciously, reevaluate what is important in life, and make what we love a priority.
If a home wasn't defined by stuff or by space, we wondered, then what was it? We hoped that building our own, from scratch, would help us to find out.
Carmen Guidi has an incredibly huge heart As he showed me around Second Wind Cottages, and told the stories of the men who will soon call the place h...
Talk about a tiny home.
While a fierce debate rages over micro-units, we should step back and realize that with good design, a space can feel as big as you want it to despite its square footage.
Architect Terri Chiao knew she couldn't afford the rent on a 750-square-foot Brooklyn loft without a roommate, but she didn't want to divide it up with walls. Instead, she built a cabin and a treehouse inside the space to be used as private living quarters.
Monica Potvin and Markel Otaola bought the 323-square-foot apartment in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter during their child-free years, when location was more important than space.
Total cost was $12,000, but it's debt-free and it's much more than your typical college digs. It has a full kitchen (including a fridge/freezer, sink and camping oven), a sofa-bed he built himself, a nearly full-sized shower (he chopped the top off) and a composting toilet.
Three years ago, this family left their 4-bedroom home to move into a 320-square-foot prefab. Yikes!