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Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/15/2019

If you ride through the suburbs of America, youíll likely notice that the houses just seem to get bigger and bigger. Like our taste for large trucks and SUVs, Americans tend towards the idea that bigger is better.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are people who feel quite the opposite. From this minimalist mindset has emerged the ďtiny house.Ē What exactly is a tiny house?

There is no exact definition. However, most tiny houses are built on wheels--to adhere to local building code--and typically donít exceed 500 square feet in size.

You might be thinking thatís a bit extreme. And you wouldnít be alone--Americans have taken advantage of small homes in the form of modular homes, and cottage-style houses for decades.

With the cost of heating and powering a home rising year after year, itís beginning to make sense to downsize.

So, in this article weíll talk about what it means to live in a smaller home to help you decide whether itís a good choice for you.

Barriers to building small houses

If itís your dream to someday build a small house on a hilltop in your hometown, you might have to face-off with the local zoning committee first. Some of the biggest barriers to building smaller houses are local regulations involving minimum house sizes.

This isnít a new problem, with towns struggling with the idea of minimum square footage as far back as the 1970s. In spite of this barrier, small house and tiny house proponents have been finding loopholes.

One such workaround involves simply building your house on wheels. However, that isnít easy to do and it doesnít always look great either.

Living simply

Depending on your hobbies and philosophy, living in a small house can be a good or a bad thing. Those who seek to become more minimal in their belongings often find that small houses help them achieve this.

The more things we own the more we have to worry about storing and maintaining them. However, if you value experiences more than objects, living in a small house could save you money and therefore leave you with more funds for traveling and other experiences.

Family is another thing to consider when living in a small house. If you have a large family or pets, living in a small house can be difficult. However, there is something to be said about growing up in a small house (it makes it harder for kids to avoid their parents by playing video games in their room or the basement!).

How to decide if you can manage living in a small house

If youíre downsizing from a larger home it can be scary to lose all of that extra space you were used to. There are a few ways to see if you can adapt to a smaller home, however.

You could rent a small apartment while you search for a new home. This will allow you to acclimate yourself to living in a smaller environment.

If you donít want to go through the trouble of signing a lease, thereís always renting a small property through AirBnB or a camping cottage for a few weeks. Then youíll have time to notice what you like and dislike about the smaller space and will be able to plan for how to want to deal with those changes if you decide to move into a smaller house.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/14/2019


24 Calumet Rd, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$1,780,000
Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3/2
Full/Half Baths
This well-designed Dutch Colonial Revival in the Winchester Flats, marked by modern amenities, radiates original warmth & character. Formal & informal rooms on the 1st floor are connected by a pleasing circular flow that feels open & natural. Elegant details include high ceilings, crown moldings, wainscoting, hardwood floors, built-ins & a split formal staircase. Entertaining is a pleasure w/both formal dining & living rooms leading to a large kitchen w/island, breakfast bar, & dining area w/sliders to a secluded deck & fenced backyard. A stunning living room w/fireplace is flanked on both sides by two pairs of uniquely crafted French doors leading to a lovely sun room/family room. A 1st floor home office is a perfect workspace. The 2nd floor master suite w/walk-in closet has a spa-like bath w/steam shower, soaking tub, & radiant floors - a true oasis. Custom mudroom off kitchen & garage. Gorgeous landscaping/perennial gardens. Close to Town Center, Commuter Rail & Ambrose Elementary.
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August 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/14/2019


24 Calumet Rd, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$1,780,000
Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3/2
Full/Half Baths
This well-designed Dutch Colonial Revival in the Winchester Flats, marked by modern amenities, radiates original warmth & character. Formal & informal rooms on the 1st floor are connected by a pleasing circular flow that feels open & natural. Elegant details include high ceilings, crown moldings, wainscoting, hardwood floors, built-ins & a split formal staircase. Entertaining is a pleasure w/both formal dining & living rooms leading to a large kitchen w/island, breakfast bar, & dining area w/sliders to a secluded deck & fenced backyard. A stunning living room w/fireplace is flanked on both sides by two pairs of uniquely crafted French doors leading to a lovely sun room/family room. A 1st floor home office is a perfect workspace. The 2nd floor master suite w/walk-in closet has a spa-like bath w/steam shower, soaking tub, & radiant floors - a true oasis. Custom mudroom off kitchen & garage. Gorgeous landscaping/perennial gardens. Close to Town Center, Commuter Rail & Ambrose Elementary.
Open House
Saturday
August 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/14/2019


200 Swanton St, Winchester, MA 01890

Condo

$377,500
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This well maintained and freshly painted third floor unit is located close to the elevator and awaits its new owner! The modern kitchen has a great layout with lots of cabinet space and a convenient breakfast peninsula overlooking the spacious living room. A huge slider leads to an exclusive covered balcony with pretty views of the lush gardens, gazebo, and duck pond. The bathroom has a newer tub, toilet, and shelving. Other amenities include crown molding, track lighting, and custom-built shelving in the second bedroom. Handsome, newly installed hardwood flooring is in bedrooms, hallway, and living room. This unit is an incredible value with a reasonable condo fee that includes just about everything except cable/internet/landline! See listing info for details. Additional storage space for #307 in basement. Please note: furniture & accessories in photos are virtually staged.
Open House
Thursday
August 15 at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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Location: 200 Swanton St, Winchester, MA 01890    Get Directions






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Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/14/2019


200 Swanton St, Winchester, MA 01890

Condo

$377,500
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This well maintained and freshly painted third floor unit is located close to the elevator and awaits its new owner! The modern kitchen has a great layout with lots of cabinet space and a convenient breakfast peninsula overlooking the spacious living room. A huge slider leads to an exclusive covered balcony with pretty views of the lush gardens, gazebo, and duck pond. The bathroom has a newer tub, toilet, and shelving. Other amenities include crown molding, track lighting, and custom-built shelving in the second bedroom. Handsome, newly installed hardwood flooring is in bedrooms, hallway, and living room. This unit is an incredible value with a reasonable condo fee that includes just about everything except cable/internet/landline! See listing info for details. Additional storage space for #307 in basement. Please note: furniture & accessories in photos are virtually staged.
Open House
Thursday
August 15 at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 200 Swanton St, Winchester, MA 01890    Get Directions






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