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This IS your grandfather’s bungalow

By b2e | August 13, 2014 | 0 Comment

Tiny Homes

We’re all hobbits now!

Maybe you’ve noticed the growth of efforts and pushes and movements and (heaven help us!) causes, that (back in the day) our grandparents just called the way we live or simply knew as how to do it.

b2emedia - Small HousesEat local … work hard … build community.

Our folks called that … life.

But hey, maybe it gets our attention, right? We’ve forgotten the ancient wisdom, and all of us have to get that push-tug

Here’s another one, and you may have missed it, because it’s just … so … small.

And that’s the point.

The “tiny house” or “small spaces” … movement … involves building — and living in — homes and the like, while leaving the smallest possible footprint — literally. This isn’t a complex carbon credit schemes. The homes are easily smaller than 1,000 square feet — with early models less than half that.

The “Katrina Cottages” that built up after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, were about 350 square feet.

This where the average size of a new, single-family detached home is about 2,500 square feet.

So think cottage, bodega, bungalow … think Lincoln’s log cabin, with Viking appliances.

OK, maybe not that far down the accouterments food chain, but whether it’s an igloo, a shanty, or a yurt, people intend to live in them, so they’re going to have in many cases full kitchens, living areas, bedroom sets — the show schmear.

It’s just going to be really, really, really small.

b2emedia - Small HousesSmall homes have been built on poles in lakes, suspended from trees — and they fit on trailers if people living in them want to move.

Wherever they live, the point is to live simply on less. Less building materials, less land, less heating and cooling costs, less energy — many small house devotees also use alternative sources for that.

It’s in response to many things, from the 2008-2009 recession and housing crisis to obvious excess and conspicuous consumption most places a body turns.

Or maybe it’s just a rediscovery of some ancient wisdom.

Thanks, grandma.


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