Are you intrigued by the idea of small home living in retirement?
Maybe you long to be less owned by material things and to become more minimalistic. Or perhaps you hope to save money on your housing and utility costs. You also may be attracted to the low-maintenance aspect of this lifestyle.
As you decide whether small home retirement living could be for you, we want to dispel some common myths about small homes. Here are some of the more frequent misunderstandings we see.
Tiny Homes and Small Homes Are the Same Thing
Actually, they’re not. In many ways, the tiny home movement has drowned out the small house movement and that’s unfortunate. Considerably more than small homes, tiny homes aren’t for everyone.
How big can a tiny house be? A tiny house would be defined as a home running between 100 and 500 square feet in size—about the size of 2 to 3 rooms in a normal house. Small homes generally fall more in the 500 to 1,000 square foot range.
Consider small homes a hybrid or happy medium between living tiny and having a standard-sized home. The myths about small homes that follow happen because this particular myth is believed first.
Living in a Small Home Would Be Too Difficult
The fear is if small house living is pursued, it’ll lead to regrets later on. This is a common occurrence within the tiny house movement. Tiny house regret happens frequently. You either are or you aren’t a ‘tiny homer’. While tiny house living can be harder to pull off, small home living takes much less adjustment.
Unfortunately, our culture has conditioned us to believe a larger home is always better. There are plenty of good reasons why this isn’t always the case. We’ve been trained to think we need more house than we do. What we end up with is often more debt for more space that we don’t need.
There’s something gratifying about having just enough house but not too much. Many who go the small-home route would feel uncomfortable moving back into a larger home. They’ve learned how much house they need, and how much they don’t. It turns out that small home living isn’t nearly as difficult as people imagine it to be.
With Small Home Living, the Details Will Be Different
They don’t have to be. The same techniques of decorating, using mirrors, patterns and wall colors apply just as they would in a larger home. And contrary to what some believe, you don’t have to get smaller or different furniture. Many small homes with open floor plans provide abundant living with much more efficient use of space.
True, you may have to downsize on the number of your possessions, but most don’t find that to be a big sacrifice. As the saying goes, “the more you own, the more it owns you.” Small home living offers a freer way of life, making the small sacrifices well worth it.
Are You Considering Building a Small Home?
If so, Lake Michigan Builders can help. Along with building small houses, we specialize in homes for disabled veterans, retirees and individuals interested in ADA compliant houses. You can also check out our one-floor house portfolio offering barrier-free living.
If you’re looking for a home builder in Western Michigan near Pentwater Lake, Stony Lake, White Lake or Silver Lake, feel free to reach out to us for more information. Our Lake Michigan Builders team strives for excellence in all we do and we’re sure you’ll notice the difference.