"Our life is frightened away by detail...simplify, simplify."
"I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society."
"I have thus a tight shingled and plastered house, ten feet wide by fifteen long, and eight-feet posts, with a garret and a closet, a large window on each side, two trap doors, one door at the end, and a brick fireplace opposite."
Henry David Thoreau
For comparison, my cabin is thirteen feet wide by twenty feet long, eighteen feet tall, including the sleeping loft. There are windows on all sides. A cast iron fireplace is at one end. A deck overlooks a small creek below. There is room for a desk chair and a love seat which is ample room for any company I may wish to entertain. And outside I can sometimes hear the train whistle eight miles away through the night woods.
I'm an escapee from city living, having lived from Los Angeles, California, up through Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. Currently living in Rose Valley, Washington, a country community about 45 minute north of Portland. [Two churches, a grade school, a small grocery store/gas station, a volunteer fire department, a kids baseball field, wild critters and me--along with maybe several hundred others dotting the landscape down about 13 miles/21km up the main country road.] Update: the kids baseball field was removed. More and more McMansions are going up all the time.
I spent 9 months of my week-ends and evenings working on this hand-built cottage, living in a tent during construction. No power tools were used. Carried every nail, board, bag of concrete, a 150 kg woodstove, roof shingles, etc., 100 meters into the woods. About a week after moving in, during the middle of the night, a large tree fell on top of the tent.
But that's doing better than the couple who were sleeping and during a rain storm a tree crashed through the rafters into their living room. They ran to see what kind of damage was done. As they stood looking at the tree, a second tree fell through the roof to their bedroom, landing on top of their bed. Some people are just lucky.
My VT External Page has the best night-time view of my home.