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 deckĀ 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.)


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

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