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I am in the middle of searching for small house plans, the smaller the better, definatley no bigger than 900 sq ft. Do you have a favorite ?

I have a few companies I really like:

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/

http://www.lodge-on-wheels.com/

http://www.cusatocottages.com/

http://www.rosschapin.com/

The thing is, I am a single mom with a tiny budget and four children. We need to sell our old house (2500 sq ft) and build a smaller house that is suitable for a family with multiple chemical sensitivites. I'd love your input!

Cheers,

MoonMama
 

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it depends so very much on how you're going to use it and what your needs are. i didn't click your links but have seen the ross chapin site and thought the homes were very pretty. i also love "wee houses" (google it!). most of them are finished inside to look very modern which probably isn't your style, but some have been done to look much more rustic.

i did a lot of research into building a small home because we could have the land for free. ultimately, because we cannot live without a basement (for studio space), we determined we could not build a small house cheaper than we could buy one. i do think you can build a modest home much cheaper than you could buy, like, a typical 4 br 3 bath suburban home, but where we live, we could buy a quaint, sturdy old house much cheaper than we could have a site prepped, basement excavated, foundation poured, etc . . . because some parts of building are expensive no matter how small the house is going to be. i would love to know more about what you are thinking of for yourself and your children. best of luck!
 

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I don't have a specific company in mind. I think of my dream small house and I think about a little 1.5 story house with a loft/bedroom above for older kids or as a guest space, and a main floor with 2 small bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and an open kitchen>>dining area>>living room area. I would skip a basement but my H wouldn't


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I love the Ross Chapin designs, but I noticed only one of their "small houses" is under 900 sq feet, and one is over 2700 sq feet. Are you looking at their cottages? I just love how they look from the outside.
 

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lol, susan, you just described my current house! the only problem is, the "second bedroom" on the main floor is a walk-through to get upstairs. we use it as a library (not just for books but for other media as well) and our piano is in there. my boys are 3 & 1.5yrs. we would be fine with ds1 in the second bedroom for now, but it seemed silly not to use all that upstairs "kidspace" so it is set up as their room already, even though only ds1 sleeps up there (and begrudgingly so).

the main floor is just over 800 sq ft. upstairs is smaller, since it's a true half-story and the room can't go the full width of the house. we do have unfinished storage where the ceiling gets too low though. i think the city calls it 1300 or 1350 finished sq ft. certainly feels much bigger than our old 720 sq ft house.
 
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