In a world where "bigger is better" was a motto for way too long, people are now rethinking the sizes of everything. We've seen the damage that "super sizing" has done to peoples quality of life, not just their food intake.
This idea of living in a smaller footprint in not a new one. 100 years ago (or in the case of our farmhouse 150 years ago) houses were built to a smaller size out of necessity. But, the concepts that came out of these small houses can still be pertinent today: children can share bedrooms, houses do not need to accommodate 1,000 square feet per person, bigger is not better.
Unfortunately, most of the small houses built today are custom built for a price that is out of reach for the average home owner.
What I see is a future where small homes are the norm; where zero-energy homes are affordable for all; where modular and quick-build homes are as aesthetically pleasing as high-end custom built homes; where building with recycled & reclaimed materials in the norm.
Keep checking back here for designs for living in a small world.
In the mean time, check out some of concepts for small habitats...