And for those of you who love house plans (hi Judy F.!) you can go here. Just click on the pictures of houses and their blueprints will pop up. I had loads of fun over there this morning.
The material costs for these tiny places sound quite high, but then 1.) I'm still stuck in the 70's cost-wise and 2.) I'm a cheapskate. But Tom and I agreed this morning that these houses would be a great idea in areas where real estate is ridiculously priced (California, anyone?). But in our area where you can still get houses cheap? Not so much.
Yet the ideas, the inspiration from these houses are priceless! And oh, how I love to borrow ideas.
I mean, once I had a friend with a young daughter who received an American Girl Doll Catalog, but after seeing the prices of the items, she threw it in the trash. My eyes grew large when she told me that, for I'd received that catalog for years while Naomi was small and we'd study them for design ideas so we could sew our own doll dresses and create furniture for Naomi's dollhouse.
Never throw away ideas! (Well, keep them inside your head, anyway.) Just because you can't afford something the way somebody else bought it, you can let ideas inspire you to create your own versions of what you see. Let others' ideas push you along to whole other worlds of color and creativity and usefulness.
Immerse yourself daily in ideas and you'll never be bored or poor, either. There is a richness in creativity that can give you hope even when you haven't got a whole lot of anything else.