Common designs for small homes include dome homes, pre-fabricated modular kit homes and miniaturized log cabin, cottage or farmhouse designs. The small home movement gained mainstream popularity after it was introduced as an alternative to emergency FEMA trailers during the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. These homes are a viable solution for affordable housing that is simpler, cleaner and cheaper.
Small house designs, plans and options are found online from websites such as LivingInSmall Houses.com. The price of a small house kit starts at about $20,000 as of 2015. The website also offers tips on small house designs for space-saving furniture and energy sources as well as information regarding the Small House Society.