Should I downsize from my three bedroom house to a one bedroom cabin?
In today’s fast-paced and consumer-driven society, many individuals find themselves questioning the necessity of large living spaces and the financial burden that comes with them. The idea of downsizing from a three-bedroom house to a one-bedroom cabin may seem drastic to some, but it is a decision that should not be dismissed without careful consideration.
This essay will explore the financial advantages, lifestyle benefits, as well as the considerations and potential challenges of downsizing to a one-bedroom cabin. By examining these factors, individuals can make an informed decision about whether or not downsizing is the right choice for them.
Downsizing from a three-bedroom house to a one-bedroom cabin can offer significant financial advantages. One of the most obvious benefits is the reduction in mortgage or rent payments. With a smaller living space, individuals can expect to see a substantial decrease in their monthly housing expenses. Additionally, lower utility bills and maintenance costs are likely to follow suit.
Where are you downsizing to?
One of the great benefits of downsizing comes when you downsize to a log cabin beside a family member’s house. Most often, Granny and or Grandad will move in to a log cabin on the farm or in the garden of a son or daughter. This has so many obvious benefits, financial and social.
Downsize for financial benefits
Financially, there is usually no need to:
install septic tanks,
pay for a water or sewerage connection, or a
new ESB line.
There might be no need to install washing machines and tumble dryers, or even elaborate kitchens, all depending on how independent the two family units want to be from each other. (Maybe Granny and Grandad might just want to have dinner with the kids one or two evenings a week…)
And of course there’s the benefit of live-in babysitters!
The social benefits of downsizing
Granny wants to downsize to a log cabin
Granny and grand daughter excited about anew log cabin
Is there any need to even write about the social benefits of downsizing… Downsizing from a big house happens because previous occupants of the house have now left and there is an emptiness and sadness associated wit the old residence. Moving to a new place will hopefully bring some excitement and happiness to those moving, and also to whoever is receiving their new neighbours.
And if you are downsizing due to health issues, the ensuing benefits to both you and your caring family members are huge, not least in the reduction of stress and worry on both parts. While there are plenty of services for elderly people living alone, nothing can replace living close to someone who cares.
But from our experience in dealing with grandparents who have downsized into a log cabin, the biggest fans are definitely the grandchildren! I have never met a kid who isn’t over the moon that Granny or Grandad is living in a cabin in the garden – its a dream come true for any child.
If you’re considering downsizing, but to a separate site, you will need to go for planning permission.