So-called “tiny houses” have been in the news and other media a great deal lately. While they were already growing in popularity before the pandemic, the economic uncertainty and push toward social isolation have people reassessing what is important to them. People are turning toward designs like the 600 square foot house plan, with 1 bedroom.
While the idea of 600 square foot house plans might seem novel, it really is nothing new. Throughout human history, monks and others seeking a simple, more centered life, have chosen to live in small, spare surroundings. The concept is just making a resurgence.
Your small house does not have to be spartan, though. There are 600 square foot house plans with 2 bedroom layouts. You can even build one with a garage.
Why a 600 Square Foot House?
One of the most oft-cited reasons to build a small house is the tiny cost. The two primary drivers in the cost of building a house are the roof and the foundation. A small house naturally means a small roof and a small foundation. This drives down the building cost. And, of course, the assessment and thus the property taxes will be lower, as well.
The costs of maintenance and heating and cooling are also lower with small houses, including for house under 600 sq ft. This is especially so because some 600 square foot home plans lend themselves to other cost-saving, environmentally friendly features such as solar panels and steel studs.
You also do not have as much space to have to clean and to tidy up. Keeping it simple has its rewards!
The size of these houses demands, in practice, furniture and accessories with clean, simple lines. There is no room for couches jutting out into the walking pathway, and so on. This results in a sleek, modern, streamlined look for the interior.
Who Lives There?
Of course, anyone could live in a home built on a 600 square foot house plan. They are likely to appeal to people who want to live alone. (Or work alone; tiny houses make ideal workspaces.) They may also appeal to couples seeking a simpler lifestyle or who want to save their money to spend after retirement. Anyone focused on a less consumption-oriented lifestyle is likely a good candidate for a 600 square foot house.
This style of home could also be used as a guest house. At such a low building cost, it’s a perfect way to accommodate guests without disrupting the routine of the main household. During the day, your guests can be with you. And when it is time to retire for the night, your guests can retreat to their own private abode for a good night’s sleep.
These same qualities make a house on this scale an ideal so-called in-law or granny home. Your family member can live close to family without feeling they have given up all independence and privacy. They can preserve their pride and dignity.