Once Upon A Timemany houses were the same. They had the same size and layout, designed for the same kind of household. They often sat on cookie-cutter lots in cookie-cutter neighborhoods. Every day, people awoke, bathed, ate, went about their days, and slept in the same kind of house — whether young or old, single or partnered, with children or without, large households or small. People worked hard to pay mortgages, energy bills, and upkeep. They hoped their all-the-same houses, with their oh-so-much expense, would turn out to be wise investments.

One day, everything changed. Markets convulsed, energy prices spiked, assets plummeted, and jobs vanished. Because of that, people struggled to keep their homes, and sometimes lost them. Some were left with few options. Some began to question the wisdom of all-the-same houses for oh-so-different households. They wondered why homes need so much fossil fuel and upkeep. They started to ask if things could be different. Could there be new alternatives for changing needs?

So we started a project we call Small Planet Homes. We began designing varied homes for varied people. Compact cottages. Small homes for small households. Efficient homes for medium-size families. Cottages and homes for independent living and aging in place. Not “Tiny Houses” on wheels, not “McMansions” — just something for the “Missing Middle,” common-sense designs for new realities. We listened to people’s stories, considered real needs, drew upon experience and creativity, and worked hard. Until finally, we had a range of designs for a range of people, needs, and budgets. Though varied, each is designed to use space efficiently and well, be comfortable and durable without much energy, and put decent, well-designed homes within reach of more people.

Here they are, from smallest to largest. They range from 336 square feet to 1986 square feet. They vary, just as people do. They aren’t “one size fits all” — and that’s the point.

Which one fits you?

Peapod Cottage Perspective

“Peapod” Cottage336 square feet + 72 sf porch. One story. One bedroom, one bathroom.

Jewel Box Cottage Perspective

“Jewel Box” Cottage • 448 square feet + 72 sf porch. One story. One bedroom, one bathroom.

Gimme Shelter Cottage Perspective

“Gimme Shelter” Cottage • 460 square feet. One and a half stories. One bedroom, one bathroom.

SimpleGifts Cottage Perspective

“Simple Gifts” Cottage • 504 square feet. One story with attic. One bedroom, one bathroom.

Home Port Cottage Perspective

“Home Port” Cottage • 576 square feet. One story. One bedroom, one bathroom.

Aloft Cottage Perspective

“Aloft” Cottage • 576 square feet + 208 sf porch. One story with loft. One bedroom, 1½ bathrooms.

Flight Of Fancy Perspective

“Flight of Fancy” Cottage • 625 square feet. One and a half stories. One bedroom, 1 or 1½ bathrooms.

Snug Harbor Cottage Perspective

“Snug Harbor" Cottage • 710 square feet + 192 sf porch. One and a half stories. 1 bedroom, 1½ baths.

Medelstor 1 House Perspective

“Medelstor 1” House • 768 square feet. One story. 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom.

PorchLight Cottage Perspective

“Porch Light" Cottage • 768 square feet + 256 sf porch. Wheelchair accessible. One story. 1 bedroom, 1½ baths.

Medelstor House Perspective

“Medelstor 2” House • 884 square feet + 156 sf porch. One story. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

Square Roots Perspective

“Square Roots" House • 918 square feet + 132 sf porch. Two stories. Two bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms.

Medelstor House II Perspective

“Medelstor 3” House • 966 square feet + 96 sf porch. Two stories. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms.

Free Spirit House Perspective

“Free Spirit" House • 1056 square feet. Wheelchair accessible. One story. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms.

Cozy Up House Revised Perspective

“Cozy Up" House • 1100 square feet. One and a half stories. Three bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms.

Sweet Spot House Perspective

“Sweet Spot" House • 1148 square feet. One and a half stories. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms.

Now And Then House Perspective

“Now & Then" House • 1164 square feet + 96 sf porch. Wheelchair accessible. One story. Two bedrooms, 2 baths.

Family Plan Perspective

“Family Plan" House • 1292 square feet. One and a half stories. Three bedrooms, 1½ baths.

Under One Roof House Perspective

“Under One Roof" House • 1310 square feet. Wheelchair accessible. One story with attic. Two bedrooms, two baths.

Homage House Perspective

“Homage” House • 1480 square feet. Wheelchair accessible. Two full stories. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms.

Elbow Room House Perspective

“Elbow Room” House • 1484 square feet. Three bedrooms, 2½ baths.

Square Deal House Perspective

“Square Deal" House • 1518 square feet + 229 sf porch. Two stories. Three bedrooms, two baths.

The Narrows House Perspective

“The Narrows" House • 1564 square feet + 90 sf porch. Two stories. Three bedrooms, two baths.

Wide Open Spaces House Perspective

“Wide Open Spaces" House • 1676 square feet. One and a half stories. Three bedrooms, 2½ baths.

On the Rise House Perspective

“On The Rise" House • 1682 square feet. Two stories. Three or four bedrooms, 2½ baths.

Two's Company Duplex Perspective

“Two’s Company" Duplex • 1900 square feet. Two stories.
Unit One: 750 square feet, two bedrooms 1
½ bathrooms.
Unit Two: 1150 square feet, three bedrooms 1
½ bathrooms.

And Then Some House Perspective

“And Then Some" House • 1986 square feet. Wheelchair accessible. One and a half stories. 4 bedrooms, 3½ baths.

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