My sister bought a “compact car” in 1965…a Rambler. In the 1970s I hauled a used “compact refrigerator” (for soda only!) into my dorm room. “Compact discs” rocked my world beginning in the 1980s, and then came “compact flash memory” for my camera in the 90s. “Compact fluorescent light bulbs” were on my shopping list in this century’s first decade. Now, in 2011, I’m intrigued by “compact cottages.”
North Carolina homebuilder Barry Bialik in Asheville is promoting these “micro houses” through his website, www.CompactCottages.com. Ranging in size from 348 to 640 square feet, his compact homes are tiny and smart. They are capable of meeting North Carolina’s green home standards and receiving the “HealthyBuilt” certification. They’re energy efficient and low impact…and downright adorable.