I always used to feel like I had to defend my little farmhouse…
… when people would first walk through the door. No one ever seemed to notice all the neat things about my home; the hand-painted signs adorning the walls, the farmhouse antiques I had salvaged from yard sales, or my creative furniture arrangements…
They only seemed to want to talk about the size.
“Wow… this is… small.”
“So, are you going to build an addition soon?”
“How are you going to have more kids?”
Now honestly? Our house isn’t that small. It’s around 1100 square feet. I know of much larger families living in much smaller spaces.
But it is very representative of the houses built 100 years ago out here on the high plains of Wyoming. Resources were scarce, so the rooms are small and choppy and the stairs are so narrow that if you have big feet (like me) you kinda have to turn your foot sideways when you walk down the steps.
Is it functional? Absolutely. But my boxy little farmhouse is a far cry from many modern-day homes with sweeping living rooms and a bathroom attached to each bedroom.
But what started out five years ago as “I guess we’ll just make it work,” has turned into, “Hey… I actually kinda like this!”
My insecurities have melted away and this quirky little 96-year old farm house has grown on me… A lot.
As of right now, I can confidently say that, not only am I content with living in a small space, but I’ve actually come to prefer it. Here’s why:
8 Reasons I Love Life in a Small House
1. Little houses are more budget-friendly.
Small spaces are cheaper to heat and cool, and usually have smaller electric bills as well.… [Continue Reading]