The small house movement is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. Small houses may emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture, and incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. Vertical space optimization is also a common feature of small houses and apartments. Continue reading to see more.

As small houses may be attractive as second homes, their increased utilization may lead to development of more land. Larger homes are more costly in terms of building, taxes, heating, maintenance and repair. In addition to costing less, such houses may encourage a less cluttered and complicated life and reduced ecological impact for their residents. The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2).