Little Square House

Little Square House

I once lived in a little square house.  Downstairs it had a kitchen, dining room, and living room.  Upstairs, a bathroom and bedroom with a makeshift closet along the hallway that connected the two rooms.  It was sturdy and brick.  When I had the shingles replaced on the roof, the carpenters exclaimed over the hardness of the oak boards underneath.  I replaced the old “shutter style” windows with new, vinyl windows and had one opening done in all glass block.  No more snow getting in on the inside like it used to!  So this house was nothing fancy, but I kept it clean and cute.  


The yard was nice and big with trees and a half circle drive.  The back yard led down into the woods where a trail opened up to a large, fast-flowing stream.  If you followed the stream up, you would find yourself in a graveyard.  This led to much speculation on my part as to whether the stream itself could be haunted (haha) ~ just par for the course of my wild imagination.  But it was a pretty setting.


This little square house was old.  I imagined that it could have been the carriage house for a much larger and grander house that stood down the road.  At one time, in the past.  Maybe.  Either way it was a pretty place even though it was small and old.  It was the first house I ever owned, and since I was only in my early 20’s, I was pretty proud of myself.


So it was with some dismay when I heard a guy I was dating describe my house to others as, “she lives in this BOX….” said with a mild hint of if I was living in a cardboard box under a bridge or something.  In fact, he lived in what can only be described as a “U” - which was actually a small, generic-looking, U shaped apartment in a building with lots of other U shaped apartments.  So okay, I may have lived in a square and he in a U, but you didn’t hear ME knocking his U!  In fact, I’d never have thought to do so.    


But I always remembered him saying that, and the look on his face, and it made me feel insecure and self-conscience about my little square house.  It shouldn’t have, but it did.  I wondered if, since he felt that way, is that what others thought, too?  Should I have cared?  No!  But at that age, I did very much care what others thought.  In fact, this was just one of several places I lived that was good for me, but that other people I knew criticized.  What’s funny is that the people who usually criticized me didn’t really have any room to talk.  They weren’t doing any better or more fabulously than me!  It shouldn’t have bothered me.  


Eventually I moved, as I always knew I would, and I sold the house after a few years.  When I think of it, that little square house reminds me of some of the tiny houses that are so popular now.  It wasn’t exactly that small, though, but it really was super efficient and a perfect place for me at the time.  I don’t have an actual picture of the house - the image is from google but hopefully will give you the gist.  The actual house was a little bigger and had windows on the second floor with dormers.  But that’s the general idea.  The house is still in my family. I sold it to my dad who rents it out.  

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Comments (10)

  1. macabre360

    Well seein’ that it’s still at hand. I’d keep a stake in it. Looks to be an ideal place to run out the clock. A very long running clock that is….

    March 22, 2017
    1. morningafter7

      The more I think of it, the more I’m glad that it’s still in the family. It really was/is a special setting.

      March 23, 2017
  2. thereckoning

    Some are so busy with themselves and the here and now that they never take the time to appreciate this quaint, historical abode. Places that speak to us have a way of etching their way into our memories. Sounds like a cool little place.

    March 23, 2017
    1. morningafter7

      You’re right, and to the people I knew and surrounded myself with back then, well I guess they would have been more impressed with “big and new” versus “small and old”. But oh well. I felt like I was doing pretty good for myself, and could and would still be perfectly happy in a place just like this.

      March 23, 2017
  3. thereckoning

    Always appreciate history in all its forms.

    March 24, 2017
  4. wonderwall79

    Well Ma7 how quaint
    I’ve had the same reaction to where I live now in Queenstown, South Island, Nz.
    I live in me van, for now that is but people look at me when I tell them this, in away as if I’ve given them the death sentence.!!
    What you described in your piece feels an idyllic place to have inhabited.
    People are people and the small minded ones usually as would say don’t really have much grounds to base their judgements on.
    I’ve always wanted a log cabin ever since I was wee lad and one day I’ll have it.
    Somewhere in the woods self reliant and with nature but for now these prairies will suffice
    Nice to know the little cottage is still in the posse!!!
    Sometimes we have to go full circle!!!!

    March 26, 2017
    1. morningafter7

      Small minded is a good way to describe them, wonderwall. Why is it some people have such a difficult time thinking outside the proverbial “box” (haha!)?? This little house was just one of many places I once called home that people stuck up their noses at. I could probably write a little story like this about each of them. They all had character and were clean and comfortable, despite what anyone else thought of them. At this point, I am very intrigued by the “tiny house” movement going on, and I could probably be perfectly happy living in a well-appointed Airstream camper. :-)

      March 26, 2017
  5. wonderwall79

    Yes you should write a little dittie about those places!
    Yes I watch a Rv programme I think it’s British called small places I think it’s all about small homes.!!
    Yes it’s funny when you see these massive homes that look every part but only like 2 people live in them.!!
    To me that’s not a home, it’s just a status statement.
    A home is a place where you walk in and it feels like a humble abode like all warm and smells of home baking haha yum ha
    But those mansions are colder than a witches heart
    Good on you MA7 I hope you find that little place of your dreams.
    Tipping my hat and I bid you good day as I trot out of town to my prairie

    March 26, 2017
  6. Somnium

    I live in a little square house now but only one floor but who cares when the rent is only $700 and it is a house and not an apartment. I have been looking about purchasing a house soon and guess what, I am looking at another tiny square house

    April 04, 2017
    1. morningafter7

      Honestly, I love the coziness and low maintenance of a small house. For a single person, couple, or even small family – why do you need a whole bunch of extra space? It just means that much more cleaning and heating and cooling, etc. I love the new tiny house movement going on now. It’s something I would definitely consider. Good luck in your tiny square house hunting!

      April 05, 2017