This article isn’t about small houses, but it is.
Some things I knew to plan into my own small house-fewer windows on the sides facing north and west, good windblocks on those sides, shade trees on the east and south, a smaller space with the quality I want, spaces that combine into several functions. What I did NOT realize is that a square house takes less materials to build than a rectangular house. I also hadn’t considered lumber sizes into my plans. When considering whether to build an 8×11 or an 8×12 building, an 8×12 will use the same lumber. An 8×13? Out of the question. Boards don’t come in 13 feet lengths.
And if I don’t want a square house? No problem. But I don’t plan on moving mine, so a square is fine. A square with a nice wrap around deck covered by an overhanging roof and lined with pretty pillars? Even better.
What size? I’m not sure yet. A 20×20 would give me 400 feet of space. With a shed or garage, I think that would be more than enough. Do boards come in 20 foot lengths? Maybe a 16×16 would work just as well… (Actually most lumber does come in up to 24′ lengths, it appears.)