Small might be the next big thing, at least home-wise. Not that I've become partial to small places, living in a bird perch in Manhattan, but the modular shotgun homes being built in Katrina-damaged areas and other housing trends tell me that the big Mac houses are the next old vacuous things.
Think Small, an article yesterday in the NY Times, wrote about the trend of very tiny homes for second homes, such as that pictured, below left, of a 120 square foot house in California on 160 acres.
The 16 X 24 Michigan little home, above right, was put together by the owners from a plan from a company that also does other tiny houses. These remind me of the barn-raising hands-on dwellings of the American pioneers.
A small house is a more intimate space. I find this a trend hearking back to the old shotgun houses and cottages that peaked in the 1920s. Shotgun homes were prevalent in the south from after the Civil War through the 20s and were a symbol of poverty. You could shoot a shotgun through the front door and it would pass out the back door.
I'm all for this trend but it means a rethinking of stuff. The only problem is, where do the children play?