I’ve been dreaming of living in a small house for the past several years and here we are, finally. Our new house is just 859 square feet, almost 1000 square feet less than the house we sold back in Portland, and nearly 250 square feet less than the house we just moved from. And yet, we fit in just perfectly here, and the space is more than adequate. It’s cozy and comfortable without being cramped.
Back when we lived in navy housing, we were always assigned a small house and I always wanted something bigger. I realize now though that’s because we were in an acquisition phase of our lives, buying furniture and decor, appliances and other accoutrements, especially when we lived in Japan. However, right after Brett retired we moved into a nearly 2500 square foot house . . . and we were miserable. There was more than enough room for everything we owned and then some, but it was just too big – we didn’t like rattling around in all that space.
We started downsizing then and eventually moved to a smaller place, even as we added the girls to our family. And now, here we are living in less than 1000 square feet again, just like back in our navy days. And it’s perfect.
Here are some promised pictures of our new place:
The view inside from the front door
The kitchen: Still no dishwasher, but way more counter space and a bigger refrigerator! Out of sight on the left is a big laundry closet with washer/dryer and more storage. Our microwave oven is to the left of the sink. Oh, and those are granite countertops. Not my favorite surface, but they’re beautiful.
Looking back to the front door and small living room area from the hallway. It’s actually more spacious than it appears in the picture. Can you see the laundry hanging out on the racks on the lanai? So happy we can finally use a “solar dryer.”
Main bathroom: It’s like a spa compared to the bathroom at our last house. The landlord provided the beautiful shower curtain, hotel quality. The floors throughout the house are etched and stained concrete – they’re gorgeous.
The “master” bedroom, located in the northwest corner of the house. We have a large wall closet with mirrored doors located out of sight to the left.
The girls are set up in the actual master bedroom, and have their own attached 3/4 bathroom and a giant closet. I’m guessing they might have all their stuff put away by the end of next month. It’s a slow process with teenagers, but they are happy with their room and with the house.
The side yard. It’s a bit hard to see from this picture, but the eaves are very wide and deep, and keep the rain out unlike at our old house, where the minute it started to rain we had to quickly run around shutting all the windows or risk getting soaked inside. The border around the house is made from tumbled glass (!) – geckos, snail, slugs, etc. won’t cross it.
The back yard: We already have a compost bin going, and plan to put a vegetable garden in next spring. Up the hill are avocado, guava and lemon trees. That pipe running through the yard is an automatic sprinkler system. A yard service comes every other week to take care of the lawn (dead lawn areas are where he apparently over-sprayed weed killer before we moved in).
The other thing we have here is a big, two-car garage that we don’t have to share with anyone (so the door isn’t always open). We have loads of storage out there which helps keep the house free of clutter.