Gainesville, Georgia – Hall County – This great cottage is a good example of the American Small House movement. This is long before the tiny home fad! Between the 1930s and 1950s, the American Small House movement led to smaller, simpler homes. This was for a variety of factors – the larger homes often had “help”, and after World War 1, there were far less people interested in domestic service. The Great Depression of the 1930s also led to smaller, simpler homes – they were far more economical to build, and maintain. After World War 2, there was a housing shortage for those young men and women starting families. These smaller homes were easier and quicker to build, and fit in the first time buyer budget. This is why you’ll see a lot of smaller homes built back in the 1930s-1950s.
I think this Gainesville home has a lot of style packed in a small footprint!