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13 Character-Filled Homes Between 1,000 and 1,500 Square Feet

See how homeowners have channeled their creativity into homes that are bright, inviting and one of a kind Full Story
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bigredkate
I don't think it is fair to say that Sydney doesn't care about its poor, just that Macquarie Fields was a poorly thought out response to the problem. Full employment is generally considered to be about 95% employed. There will always be some unemployed. Jobs instead of welfare is the ideal, and failing that accessible training to get people job ready, but if there are no jobs, then what? Starve in a gutter?

We cannot cast people out of society and call ourselves civilized.
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bigredkate
The medicare levy is 2% of ones taxable income for most taxpayers. For singles earning above $88k and no private health insurance it can go 1 to 1.5% higher depending on income. Family limits are higher. The theory is to push higher earners into private insurance and less expense for the taxpayer.
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Who Says a Dining Room Has to Be a Dining Room?

Chucking the builder’s floor plan, a family reassigns rooms to work better for their needs Full Story
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Miranda
what a great job! the 2 rooms go together so well. i'm curious to see what the rest of the house looks like. i love the book shelves. so much better than the columns.
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mollysmom123
I love her style of decor. I'm often drawn to pieces that are a tad ugly. It's invigorating. We decorated a dining room and have a cabinet chock full of crystal. We don't entertain and we don't drink. It's such a waste of space. It's a nice-looking gathering of things-destined-for-the-Goodwill. If we didn't have such a strictly center-halled Colonial we might be able to adopt that space for daily use. At least we use the tiny living room, now that we have a piano.b I'd love to overhaul it into something more useful, but I insisted on buying that damn Pottery Barn table and chairs. Wish I'd been thinking outside the box back then!
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Design Workshop: Give Me an ‘H’

Look to modern versions of an H-shaped medieval floor plan for more privacy and natural light Full Story
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jillybeansisme
So I'm guessing my house is more "U" shaped since the back is straight across and the front is a small inside of the "U" for a covered area. I actually thought of it as a sort of Sudoku square, because it is a square divided into 9 portions. Front to back left side is guest bedroom, laundry/craft room, kitchen. Middle is the inside "U" porch & entry, living room, playroom. Right side is 2nd bedroom, bathrooms & closets, Master Suite. There are, just as described in the "H" house, two small hallways on either side of the central living/play rooms, which provide privacy and seclusion from the public areas.

I think one of the biggest differences is that in my house I can move in a circular pattern and not have to get back to the "central bridge" between the legs. Back when H homes were first built, it seems like it was a necessary pattern for those cross breezes/ventilation whereas in modern day, convenience is more important at least to me. I want to be able to age gracefully in my home before I give it to my daughter. Now that energy costs are so expensive, I suspect my home will be much less expensive that a similar square footage in an H home.

All those extra corners on the H house also usually add to building expense, but again, this article was about design not cost.

The article was definitely an interesting read.
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litojr
nice layout, you can think alot of combination design.
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Can You Live a Full Life in 220 Square Feet?

Adjusting mind-sets along with furniture may be the key to happiness for tiny-home dwellers Full Story
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thedrivenmom
I just plain like to have space, and want to have my space. As long as it is available in my area and affordable within my means, why should I feel like I'm "not cool" because I'm not "trending" and living it up in the newest matchbox design out of NY? If someone wants to live that way, great! It looks beautiful in the picture. If not, enjoy throwing house parties of over 5 people.
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Arletta Sloan
I live in a house that is approx. 925 sq ft. No garage to "find" space, either. When I moved in, there were 4 people living here. So, that's right about 230 sq ft per person, and, it's pretty poorly planned space. Still, we did alright, as regards space per person goes. With four it felt a little crowded, at times, but, when only three of us were home (or, everyone was in bed) things were fine - and, one bedroom takes up way more space than it should. If the house was planned better, it could be a three bedroom, easy.
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Houzz Tour: A Family of 4 Unwinds in 540 Square Feet

An extraordinarily scaled-down home and garden for a couple and their 2 kids fosters sustainability and togetherness Full Story
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kathybranquinho
Love this house,
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bobbigo
With the camra's today its hard to see if the lense is making it roomier. Would like to know the actual length and width.
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Houzz Tour: Going Off the Grid in 140 Square Feet

WIth $40,000 and a vision of living more simply, a California designer builds her ‘forever’ home — a tiny house on wheels Full Story
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Sheila Schmitz
Lilion, be sure to check out the Small Homes section under Ideabooks > Home Tours: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/Small-Homes
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Bob Schulenberg
I notice a trend in some quarters of a kind of neo-Puritanism as a reaction to our current "too much of too much" society. This is a marvelous idea and accomplishment in theoretical terms, beautifully esthetic in a Bauhaus-y "form following function" manner. I'd love to see a down-the-line follow up article seeing how she feels after a decade or so. I notice there is, among many missing items, a paucity of books or an area sufficient to house more than a few. It appears to be a No Nonsense way to live hence my mention of Puritanism. Abstinence = good, worldly possessions = bad!
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