Some of you may already know about Tumbleweed Houses. I think I saw an article about them in Cottage Living a year or so ago. I love the idea of minimal living and if I didn't have kids, could see building one of these and plopping it down in the woods somewhere! When Craig and I built our "dream house" which was over 4,000 sq. ft., it was way too big and we felt like it became a monster to heat and to clean and it was big and lonely. When we moved into an apartment between houses, I enjoyed the coziness and having to really think about how to function as a family in small square footage. The house we are in now is perfect for all the things we do, but sometimes it feels rather large. It is true that the more space you have, the more stuff accumulates. And that doesn't make you happier necessarily. It's good to live with the things that you love and get rid of the rest. And to tread a little lighter on our environment...not cutting down lots of trees to make way for another McMansion. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for homes and alternative solutions for living.