Simple Living in 750 sq ft – Historic Small Home

Simple living in 750 sq ft has been quite an adventure! Our small historic minimal traditional home is very old and also a fixer upper. Since we are living in it while renovating it, hence the adventure part!

woman standing on porch of a small fixer upper house
The day we closed on the house 2/10/2020

We bought our very first home! And that was actually two years ago. It’s an old historic tiny house mansion at almost (not quite) a whopping 750 sq ft! But you probably already knew that from the title of this blog! 

could you live in 750 sq ft?!

Could you live in a 750 sq ft house? And if you live in something similar or smaller, we’d love to hear about it in the comments! 

small fixer upper house
A picture at the open house in December 2019

We’ve talked about building our own tiny house or living in a van for many many years. That has never happened.. yet.. But, we always seemed to find ourselves in small studios to live in. The dream is still there though and I would still love to live in a tiny house or van one day!

But for now, we are enjoying simple living in 750 sq ft!

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

how we stumbled upon a 750 sq ft house

This is how we stumbled upon our very small 750 sq ft house.. 

One day my husband uttered a dreaded statement that I would guess most small space dwellers would cringe at, including myself! “Hey honey, I really think we should look into buying a house.. you know, so we have something more permanent to call home instead of throwing all our money into rent every year for something that we don’t own. That way we’d have an investment for our future as well. You know, I’ve got to be thinking about our future!”

Proverbs 24:3

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.

man looking forward and talking

Nooooooo! That’s all I could think of. What is he talking about? Buying a home? Getting a mortgage? Getting into debt? NO thank you! What about the tiny house or van life? The thing was that we both had full time jobs in certain locations where would couldn’t just plop down a tiny house or van nearby. 

Proverbs 22:7

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

man and woman sitting down facing each other and talking about buying a small house

is it possible to find a small home?

But, here’s the thing. We live in Texas and if you haven’t heard, everything is bigger in Texas! How on earth do you go from a 500 sq ft studio apartment to now a “normal” sized house, which most houses are over 1000 sq ft? Yea, I had a bit of a panic attack thinking about how we could make a “normal” home work for our minimal lifestyle. 

What would you consider a small house? 1000 sq ft or smaller or bigger? I’m thinking that where we’re at, some people may even think that 1200-1500 sq ft is too small for them.

For us, simple living in 750 sq ft is perfect!

As I’ve mentioned before, living in small spaces is not for everyone. It does take some sacrifice and prioritizing what is really important for your life and personal goals. Living simply and saving money is 100% the way to go for us!

What about you? Drop us a note to let us know if you have the same or another perspective.

You can also watch a video about this here.

750 sq ft minimal traditional historic home

By some miracle, my husband found our small house in a historic district. Never did we think we could find a house around 750 sq ft or that we would own an old historic home. Since then we’ve learned a lot about historic homes and have come to fall in love with them.

We have a 1934 minimal traditional style historic home, which was made popular during the Great Depression and provided small, simple, and affordable housing options for many families. They are minimal in design, not very fancy, and are built with only essential features. 

small fixer upper house and front yard

Now that’s what I’m talking about! That’s what makes this type of home, I think, perfect for minimalists and simple living in general. 

I actually caught a couple parked in front of our home one day just staring at our house. When I asked them if I could help them out, they just shouted from their mini van, oh we’re just admiring this cute little doll house! 

We have been learning a lot about the history of our home and historical homes in general. Since we are in a historic district, we have to follow certain design standards for the exterior of our house whenever we make changes or renovate. 

it’s also a fixer upper!

And if you couldn’t tell already, our home is also a fixer upper and we have been working to renovate most of it on our own. We hired a few contractors in the beginning to handle some of the bigger projects, but lately, we have been doing most of the work ourselves. And by we, I actually mean he. He, my hubby, has been doing everything!

man inside a small fixer upper house kitchen and renovating it

We closed on the house right at the beginning of the pandemic and so my hubby took a whole year off from work to renovate our house full time. It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to do this and we were used to living on one income anyway so it worked out! Working on these DIY renovations on our own also saved us a lot of money as well.

It’s like we’ve found our perfect little tiny house mansion, NOT on wheels! We love small space living and want to share more of our adventures with you in hopes of inspiring you to live a more simple and minimal lifestyle. 

woman standing on porch of a small fixer upper house and small fixer upper house

check out our videos!

If you want to see how we purchased this small fixer upper and a video about enjoying freedom and adventure with small space living, click on the links below.

750 sq ft small fixer upper house

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  1. Oh my goodness I love this. I really love the idea of fixing up small houses or building a tiny house. Such an inspiration to see others doing the same thing that I dream of!

  2. What a cute home! My mother in law raised 8 kids in a home that size! She had at least 3 people in each bedroom all the time!