Anyone else in a tiny century house? Mine was built in 1910 and it's 540 sq feet.

  1. Philadelphia has a number of trinity row houses still. Three stories tall, one ~ 15 x 15 room per floor, wooden spiral stairs - just like the horror spiral stairs in a recent thread, and a small kitchen tacked on the back of the first floor.

  2. I helped a friend with her home search in Philly once and we toured one of these - it was SO cool, charming, and quirky… but not the most practical (at least for her with a young child). I remember wondering how on earth you were supposed to get furniture up those stairs!

  3. Grew up in south Philly and remember them well. Living room and dining room, with that little extension called the kitchen, two more floors with bedrooms. The only bathroom was on the second floor. In the back was a small plot of dirt, you owned in the alley, that you could fence. My grandfather, off the boat from Italy, grew peppers and tomatoes in that tiny space.

  4. 1928 Spanish revival, 820 sq feet on the main level. We have a basement that was finished with a bedroom and 3/4 bath in the 60’s, but that was clearly not the intention when it was built. I can’t imagine living with only the original 820!

  5. I own an 1843 urban cottage that was built as a ~450sf 2br (!). A kitchen addition was built off the back circa 1910 that expanded it to 750sf and it's now a 1br

  6. There’s a 20 acre community down the road from me that’s all century homes and they’re tiny. It sprung up for a religious camp. They’re little Victorian doll houses. Still in use today.

  7. What a wonderful little neighborhood! I looked up a lot of pictures, and the streets are so adorable. I found one for sale, and while the outside was lovely, the inside had be de-souled. :'-( I found another one for rent and it was beautiful inside and out.

  8. Would love to see some pictures of tiny century homes! My 1942 house is 678 square feet, plus unfinished basement. (Sounds small, but it’s perfect for me!)

  9. 1905 with 1250 square feet. I love a cozy little house! But with 1 kid and another on the way, 1250 is probably our minimum 😅 (but nearly an acre of yard helps!)

  10. I've had two kids in a 1040 sq ft 1895 house for 10 years and it's been pretty rough...this was our starter house that became the long-term house after the 08 crash. We're rehabbing and moving into a 2700 sq ft 1878 and very much looking forward to the space.

  11. I have a 1900 home with about 1000 sqft but only about 700 sqft are the original footprint. Not much of the home looks 1900, though. Only the foundation, frame, floor joists, subflooring etc. is original.

  12. 540 feels so tiny!!! Mine was built in 1912 and is 900 sf, but was smaller originally. Back porch was annexed to become the kitchen in the 1940s or so. I am currently expanding the size via a detached garage renovation. I also added a screened porch on the back.

  13. My neighborhood is filled with small bungalows from 500- 1200 square feet. Most are under 1000. The thing is, though, that they're so well designed, it doesn't feel as small as it is.

  14. 640 sf built in 1912, but we have a fully developed basement with higher than normal ceilings and it is a walkout since it is built on a hillside. So that makes a big difference. I’m in Calgary, Canada and these smaller old bungalows are not uncommon (though most are more 700-900 sf).

  15. I have a Krugermansion. It’s a 150 year old farmhouse that has spread out In whatever was the cheapest and most convenient way over time. I love it though

  16. Dang, I thought mine was tiny. Built in 1923 (so not QUITE century) and about 975 square feet. It's a 2B1B California bungalow in San Pedro. Having a nice-sized lot, a double garage, and an unfinished basement (plus an ocean view) helps a lot with the size thing. We're thinking someday we'll finish the basement and maybe do an ADU on top of the garage — that would really make for a great view.

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