Welcome to Tiny Homes, an idea that is more popular with minimalists than with neighborhood associations and zoning boards. We'll point out the fun parts. You'll have to check out the logistics and legalities - but this one has been in place since 1950.
Here's one way to spend a lot less on utilities, have a smaller carbon footprint, and have more time left over for other things; buy a tiny house on a tiny lot that only has a tiny bit of lawn. A 560 square foot, 1950 cottage is for sale at $400,000. The number matches the style of the house, which is nice and simple yet stylish. There is 1 bedroom and 0.75 baths, but there are ways to find temporary beds for guests, and not everyone needs a tub. Besides, they needed room for the washer and dryer. The kitchen renovation was also probably recent, because the stainless steel counter top is pristine. Small kitchens mean small movements, and almost everything is within arm's, or elbow's, reach. Outside, the rest of the 3,043 square foot lot is broken up into gravel, patio pavers, and a fertile garden, with just a little lawn left over - maybe as a concession to a pet that needs a place to put paws to earth. English Ivy may grow quickly, but it's well-enough established that the fencing as probably been in place for a long time. There's some design there, with lattice-work, places for more vines to grab hold, and a series of waves cut from wood just to be a bit different, simply.