The Current BuilderFish newsletter Dec. 3, 2010
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How small is too small?
We're offering custom built micro-houses, technically known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), as soon as we decide on some general design specs. ADUs are typically between 500 and 1,500 square feet, one level, totally accessible and come either modular or panelized (sectional), and can be permanent or temporary. (Here's an example from Fabulous Cabin in Seattle.)
We believe these mini-abodes will help solve problems of shut-ins, lack of affordability and/or early institutionalization of older adults and will effectively facilitate family care-giving including a resident health care provider.
So as we're researching the design options (because this is nothing more than custom construction on a smaller scale), I'm wondering how small is small? I'm thinking 200-500 square feet is pretty mini. Well, I would be wrong. How about 87 square feet?
Check out the Small House Society, something else I didn't know existed until recently, they're up to 1,800 subscribers from 300 just five years ago. Another Tiny House Blog attracts 5,000 to 7,000 visitors daily. It's no secret that people are down-sizing but the real estate bust and Great Recession have led to surging interest in "tiny homes", so much so there's a tiny house industry including hundreds of contractors nationwide with more transitioning their businesses.
Why all the interest? Simply, hard times; but, while some people are in fact living full time in their tiny house, others want them for office space, art studio, hunting/fishing cabin or simply additional housing for a family member.