When it comes to a second house I feel that small is beautiful. You often own this place to relax. The best way to do it is with a low maintenance house. A smaller house means less time is passed on regular cleaning.
It should not be too small. Make sure to analyze correctly your needs and their frequencies. Challenges your preconceptions. Not having the right furniture for a place or not maximizing the usage with double-duty furniture is one reason a small house may feel crowded. Look at you can nicely entertain for a cocktail in a 16 x 24 feet house plan.
As a fan of the prefabricated modern house movement, these pictures speak to me. The modules can measure between 12 to 24 feet with the size growing by 4 feet increment. You can put modules side by side or one module over another to suit your lot.
The V2 flat house was featured on a previous Dwell On Design Conference in Los Angeles. I wish I could go to Dwell on Design this year but we elected to go to San Francisco a few days before instead. There are too many conferences. It will be for another time. If you are interested in assisting the Dwell On Design Conference, read this to see all the ticket options.
+ V2 World – July 8th, 2009 update: there is a problem with the link