I know this will probably stir the pot a bit, so let's try not to get this thread locked and keep things pleasant. In my area (and probably everwhere else) there are endless cookie-cutter, crammed like sardines, abysmally built, entirely overpriced subdivisions being built anywhere they possibly can. It's crazy how quickly. And they all have price tags of $250k+ (I'm in Oklahoma, I understand this is nothing compared to other regions). These houses inevitably will be in shambles in 30-40 years due to the terrible build quality. As someone looking to buy their first house (most likely the one I'm currently renting due to lack of "good" options in the location I want), it's incredibly infuriating that I can't buy or even build what I want where I want it. Especially if you're as anti-HOA as I am (I don't want to turn this into an HOA discussion, that will always end poorly). So I have to ask. Considering the insane number of these high-end, high square footage homes being built, where are the quality, nice, small (1,000 square feet or less) homes? Why isn't anyone building these? The current trend of large expensive homes being built, any semblance of affordable modest housing being "flipped" and inflated out of reach, and rentals bordering armed robbery surely can't continue without consequence. Surely I'm not the only one who can see this..? Why is living in a 2,000+ square foot house considered normal? Why can't people accept others wanting to live responsibly on their own land? Yes, tiny homes are gaining traction, but very little. It seems all new construction is either <400 square foot (tiny homes) or homes with >1,800 square feet. Nothing in the middle. My dream home is an excessively well-built, 2 bedroom, 1 or 2 bath, ~600-800 square foot, insanely energy efficient, simple house. No vaulted ceilings, no crown molding, no granite countertops, no luxuries. Yet no quality corners cut, and appealing to visitors/neighbors/local government. Built to last and save me money. The way a home should be. I've been in contact with builders and contractors, and several of my ideas would cost less than $75k to complete. I don't want a "tiny" (<400 square foot) home, instead I want the same concept about double the size. Is that really too much to ask? Yes, I can do this in many areas around the state. Many areas would actually allow a primitive (think hundreds of years ago) cabin, as there's ZERO laws/building codes to enforce. But I want a certain location, and this location has strict codes. I understand codes are generally there for a reason, but it truly seems like the city has them solely to protect property values and drive prices up. With the housing market the way it is, countless people (especially millenials) can't/don't want to pay $200k+ for a home. We just don't want the debt hanging over our heads. So where are the nicely built, small, efficient, affordable homes in good neighborhoods? Especially if doing a community, not just a single home, this can be done for well under $100k per dwelling here including a small lot of land. So many people would buy these before they could lay the foundation. Why is this being ignored? What's really irritating is there's a small community in my city that strictly houses homeless people. This community has very nice small houses that are given free of charge to shelter those in need. They're about 500 square feet, very well-built, efficient mini-houses. Why can the city allow 50 or so of these homes to be built for the homeless, yet I can't build the same exact thing on my own dime and land? It's infuriating. I'm grateful it provides for the needy, but I'm jealous that people are just given exactly what I want, yet I can't pay to have the same thing. I'm tempted to be "homeless" myself. What are your thoughts? Am I just too far out of touch? Is my ideal home too crazy to understand? What I can't understand is owning a house with tons of wasted energy, space, and money. I just want to live within my means, responsibly and efficiently, in a desirable location, and I'm being prevented from doing so. Unless I can find a better option, I'm buying the current house I'm in for somewhere between $100-150k. It's too much money, too much space (1,800 square feet), and going to require too much maintenance to get it "acceptable" to my standards. Sound crazy? I agree. But I may not have much choice, considering similar houses are going for $200k, and what I want doesn't exist. I've even considered something like an accessory dwelling setup (ADU), but even that is shot down by building codes here. I literally can't win. It's weird when someone says "take my money" and people don't care. Does anyone have a similar mentality? I'd love to hear you input. Sorry for the novel, but I've been needing to vent about this for a while. Edit: I should clarify, when I say house, I mean free-standing single family house. No condos, apartments, townhouses, or I-can't-pee-out-my-window-without-hitting-my-neighbor's-house setups. A house like I'm currently in, with an acre of land, and my closest neighbor is about as far away as I can throw a rock (with a superb throwing arm).