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Could You See Yourself In A Home Under 600 Square Feet

August 6, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The rise in popularity of green building standards and smaller footprint homes in real estate has finally made it’s way to the heartland of America.

In case you missed it there has been lots of real estate media buzz over the Small Homes movement.

The best known advocate is Resources For Life. They are a green/sustainable advocacy group who is at the core of this new community. Their site describes developments across the US where the principles of sustainable resources for living are implemented.

Then there is Jay Shafer from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He has published a book on how to build your own tiny home. He even offers floor plans. Most notable is a model home that is just 70 square feet.

According to a survey by National Association of Home Builders, most Americans still prefer a home size averaging 2,070 square feet. The same survey also revealed that Americans WANT to downsize their yard work, prompting a home buying trend toward more compact lots. Consequently, more two-story homes and split level homes are replaicing ranch style homes since homes need to go up in height to build on a smaller size footprint.

Wait a second. You maybe asking yourself what does the small homes movement have to do with homeowners here in Portage Indiana?

You might be surprised that small homes is not a new phenomena here in Portage Indiana. Pictured above is one of the smallest homes in Portage Indiana. This home offers an expansive space of only 780 square feet and was built in 1943.

Believe it or not, tiny homes is just a remnant of our storied past.

Can you see yourself living in a “Tiny House” in Portage Indiana?

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Steve Cardwell

Steve Cardwell is an Indiana Realtor working with residential buyers and sellers throughout Northwest Indiana. He likes to stay current on the housing market by analyzing real estate trends with a focus on the towns of Highland and Munster Indiana. His broker affiliation is Red Key Realty Leaders in St John, Indiana. Learn more about Steve and visit www.SteveCardwell.com.

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2 Responses to “Could You See Yourself In A Home Under 600 Square Feet”
  1. Steve – I remember as a kid growing up in Porter Indiana living in a house with my parents and sister that was no larger than 750 square feet. Furthermore, I remember living in an apartment with 4 other people no larger than 500 square feet. Do I wish to live in such a tiny home. Not really, but I could.


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