It's not always easy to just up and build a small house. It's unusual to build small, so if you need financing you may face roadblocks. Zoning regulations and neighborhood covenants in many of our towns and cities often regulate home sizes. All of this makes these small house communities even more impressive:
Such small houses nestled in together begins to create a healthy village setting. There are so many advantages to this over the spread-apart developments that are much more common: walkability, knowing your neighbors, a sense of community and open space preservation. The communities pictured here are linked below for further information:
• 1 A community of small houses in Geneva, Illinios. photo courtesy of Tim O'Brien via Resources for Life
• 2 A pocket neighborhood by architect Ross Chapin in Washington state.
• 3 The Cottages of Upper Albina, via Apartment Therapy San Francisco
Do you know of any small house communities, new or old, anywhere in the nation? Please let us know - you know we'd love to see them and share them here!