Coming Home… Small, Quaint and Cozy
October 22, 2010
After six good years of building homes in Tampa, we have finally returned to the Lowcountry. Ahhh, feels so good to be home again. As thrilled as we are, I have to admit we’re challenged and somewhat amused by the location and the size of our home. We live smack, dab in the middle of town where we are constantly reminded by the slightest breeze that we are in between the two best restaurants in Charleston county!
So, yes we have moved into the Rooster, a building most locals know by name, and with all its character, it couldn’t be smaller. We managed to cram ourselves in having left a 2,500 sq. ft. home to a 1,000 sq. ft., a third of which is our office. As I think about the best organization of the house I have been looking at a lot of magazines and noticing the trend towards downsizing, minimalizing or just living with less. Articles titled “Less is more Living” or “Smaller is Smarter” are inspiring me to re-think the Rooster, and hey, looks like we’re in vogue!
The October issue of Fine Homebuilding is devoted to small homes less than 1,500 sq. ft. The featured homes have beautifully hand-crafted interiors with high ceilings, and large windows which bring in lots of natural light and give the home an open and airy feel. These homes are also designed with very creative use of space. On the CBS Morning Show a couple weeks ago there was a special on dream homes, most of which were small, and some very unique, but they all brought the outdoors in with expansive outdoor living space or views.
I see that I am not alone in my quest for comfortable, affordable and no more than necessary living space. I am much more encouraged and excited with all the great stuff I’m seeing out there. Thank goodness that Chris is a home builder and a wonderful craftsman who can re-create our interior, give me those high ceilings that are there and hiding, organize the kitchen and add that fabulous porch that will double the size of our living space!
Please stop by and visit us. Our KINGFISHER CONSTRUCTION sign is in the window and we are usually in the office or at the workshop (behind Chevez Leland’s house). Great to be back!
Kimber and Chris Bates