How much space does one person really need to live a happy and comfortable life?
While some prefer all of the luxuries of a large and lavish home, others prefer the comforts of a cozy, average sized house. Still others are turning to what’s known as alternative living; a way of life unconventional to the traditional homes we are used to seeing.
The most common form of alternative home living is the modular home, also known as a prefabricated (or prefab) home.
The name derives from the fact that these homes are actually prefabricated at the manufacturing company. It can either be transported directly to the location or shipped out in sections.
There are do-it- yourself kits available as well, if you’re handy with a hammer and want to take on a challenge. (Remember to always ask an expert if you have any questions!)
The idea of living with less is becoming more of an appealing way for many to live. The fact that modular homes typically take up less than 400 square feet is becoming increasingly popular in cities where space is at a minimum and the cost of buying a traditional home is rising.
The downside to modular home living is the lack of physical space. Having become accustomed to much larger living spaces, most people may find it tough to live in such small quarters.
If you can get past the lack of space, the positives of modular living are tremendous!
Living less greatly reduces energy usage, which means you live at a fraction of the cost of traditional home, saving you money in the long run. Plus, building a modular home doesn’t require as many man-hours as conventional house construction and less materials are wasted.
This makes prefabricated homes an affordable and relatively environmentally friendly option to consider.
So back to the initial question: How much space is really required to feel at home? The answer is up to you.