To a lot of people, owning land in an undeveloped area (say, in Maine and Vermont) is all about the views and the expansive landscape, and less about the size of your dwelling.

weeThis kind of thinking has caught on over the past several years.

A wave of interest in such small dwellings – some to serve … as temporary housing, others to become space-saving dwellings of a more permanent nature- has prompted designers and manufacturers to offer building plans, kits and factory-built houses to the growing number of small-thinking second-home shoppers. Seldom measuring much more than 500 square feet, the buildings offer sharp contrasts to the rambling houses that are commonplace as second homes.

The homes themselves can be cheap – $45,000 to $100,000. Of course, you have to add the cost of the land and excavation to the total, which can make it more expensive. Plus, if you want electricity, heat, and indoor plumbing, that will cost extra to hook up, if available at all.

The companies mentioned in the New York Times article include:

* weeHouses (designed by Alchemy Architects)
* Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
* Cusato Cottages (to be distributed through Lowe’s, this spring)
* Modern Cabana

More: Think Small – By Bethany Little, The New York Times

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