Finding a small house suitable for a single person is difficult. Finding a new small house and master planned community specifically designed for singles does not yet exist. In my own “small” way, I am working on it though. 🙂
There are many advantages to owning a small house over a large one. If it’s designed for singles, the benefits are even greater because its size would likely be even smaller and its features more desirable. Here are some of the advantages of a small house compared to a large one.
- Lower cost to buy or build.
- Lower taxes.
- Lower utility (electric, water, etc.) costs.
- Lower maintenance (upkeep) costs.
- Less paint, accessories, and furniture are needed to decorate.
- Less time to clean.
- More money and time to do other things you enjoy.
The greatest abundance of small houses that I’ve found was built before the 1950s. You can still find them, but unless they have been completely updated, I do not see them as a smart buy. I’d rather design one myself, which I’ve done, or find a newer one that closely matches my vision. Having the newest technology in today’s world is crucial.
There is one population segment where smallish homes are prevalent and that is 55+ housing developments and communities. But again, while they are somewhat small, they are not designed for singles and are bigger than what’s needed. If they were smaller and more efficient they could be more affordable.
Perhaps subdivisions within a master planned community for singles could be designed around a theme that would attract different age groups and personality types.
Compromising by buying a typical “family” style house in a “family” orientated master planned community doesn’t make sense. I started my singles club in such a community. I was amazed by the suspicion of and opposition to my club by a “few” members of the community civic organization. I did overcome those issues, but the “family” orientation always dominated every aspect of the community.
The following images of small houses may give you some ideas about what you might like for yourself. I’m always on the lookout for innovative small and tiny house designs. These images may spark your interest in small houses for singles.
Included are older small houses, classic small houses, modern small houses, and house-like structures (e.g. pool and guesthouses) that could serve as small houses. Their size and design are the focus of this collection. The ones toward the end are the most ideal to me. Enjoy the tour. 🙂
I particularly like this one for the security it provides by being above the garage.
Cool houseboat (interior – kitchen). An alternative small house.
At 300 square feet, this pool house fits the tiny house category.
Although this is a pool house, the design meets the need of those who appreciate elegance.
This one has lots of exterior porch space for entertaining.
This small house design takes advantage of the exterior property to create a large outdoor living and entertaining space.
The location of this small house is me. And I know of such a place not far from where I live now.
Ultimate bachelor pad with lots of cool outdoor living spaces and a small lap pool for staying fit.
Cool mid-century design.
Very creative home and landscape design.
Although the red/orange furniture doesn’t work for me, I love the design of this small house. It’s perfect for singles.
That’s the end of the small houses for singles tour. I hope you enjoyed it.