I am proud of the fact that I have a small (1500 sq. ft.) arts and crafts bungalow built in 1925. Yes it’s small, old, has a moist basement, and non-insulated walls, But it was built to last by people who took pride in their work. I read an interesting book that had a chapter on this very subject a while ago. It is “Crunchy Cons” . I have a review of it below. The other good thing about my house was that even though we qualified for a $300,000 loan, we got it for a whopping $58,000 and have since put $12,000 into it as a 95% efficient furnace and insulation. The winters can get cold here in upstate NY. Plus it’s within the city so I only have to ride my bike two miles to work instead of a long commute from the suburbs.