San Francisco Considers Smaller Homes

New York, Boston and now San Francisco.

These cities are looking at their minimum size requirements and going smaller. So what does this even mean? Building code requires that houses and apartments meet certain minimum sizes for safety. That code is then adopted and added to at the local level. Most cities will place a minimum size on the “entire” unit or building that is higher than the original code requires. After decades of increasing home sizes, these 3 cities are looking to change their codes and reduce their minimum size.

San Francisco currently has a minimum size of 290 square feet. If the proposal is approved, that number will drop to 220. We’re excited to see a move in this direction!

The Los Angeles Time has a nice article about it here.

Below is a clip from NBC with Brian Williams on the topic.

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By Tumbleweed Houses — March 16, 2013

Filed under: In the News 
  • Micah

    It makes sense for a lot of people. We can’t afford the lavish lifestyles of even 6 years ago. Rising heating and electricity costs, rising price of gas… Why not live close to work and downsize? It would allow people to save money to upgrade to a real home in the future or save money in retirement as opposed to our current system of breaking even or going into debt as a renter (and I’m a landlord!).

  • Kathy Handyside

    Now if they could bring the cost of the rent down commensurate with the size, that would solve a lot of the housing crisis in this country. It amazes me to meet people who admit they’re struggling but who still feel they need a huge house, even though they are just a couple or a family with two kids. We have been so brainwashed by the “bigger is better and biggest is best” American mentality.

  • M Groesbeck

    The “artist’s conception” attached to the article looks like pretty poor design. Maybe they should pay more attentionn to the designs of people who have been refining small-living-space design for years… Other than that, my main concern with adapting the “tiny house” model to apartments is access to outside for light, fresh air, etc. An apartment like one of the ones shown with the article, with only one short outside wall, could feel awfully closed-in and miserable. More creative architecture, though, with more outside walls (and even a balcony for each apartment just big enough for a couple of chairs, a table big enough for a few mugs of coffee, and a potted pland or two) would make a huge difference in terms of livability. (Ceilings high enough to allow a loft bed would also make a huge difference. My current apartment is 500 square feet, and most of that space only gets used when I have guests over; the building was well-designed, though, so even the smal apartments have plenty of windows.)

  • dd

    After just doing 2 wks on a boat, i think that i could really live in a tiny house and even use a ladder to a loft. Would a trailer park allow one. Or a campground?. Or would i need rural property?. Thanks. Dd


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