Marissa Johnston- Simplicity

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

I remember scrolling down my Facebook page a few months back and seeing someone post an article about a couple that built their own home on a trailer sizing just around 124 square feet. They call themselves part of a “tiny house movement” for families who have to downsize their homes for financial or environmental reasons.The couple’s hand-built, 125-square-foot house has a sitting room, a bathroom, a compost toilet, solar heating and a bedroom tucked into a loft in the vaulted ceiling. Just the necessities, nothing they do not need. Not only is their new home economical in space, it’s also energy efficient and runs on solar power and has a composting toilet. There is no running water so the couple shower at the gym. It is pointed out in the article that the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled, even while the average family size has gotten smaller. Owning such a small house is not traditionally what one dreams to have, where in society bigger is seen as better. As quoted from Miss.Mueller, “I think that many people — whether by necessity or by choice — are learning that quality of life isn’t necessarily tied to how big our houses are or how much stuff we own, but about the experiences we have and the quality of our relationships. The couple says that they were attracted to Tiny Houses because they offer a beautiful and simple structure that feels part of the environment more than a larger structure does,’ Mr Smith says building a small house was always more about connecting with the natural world in a more personal way. ‘Bigger isnt neccessarily better.’The world gets a lot bigger when you’re living small because I can afford to do a lot more things now in terms of cash and time. The whole world is my living room.

you can access the link to read the full article here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512330/Colorado-couple-build-dream-home-124-square-feet.html

 

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Comments
  1. cs341blog says:

    Matt Douglas

    In a society where people consume more and more, is it conceivable that one day people will actually voluntarily change their ways? I know that I personally do not think that Elgin meant that the majority of people would ever adopt this. I think Elgin was thinking about a small segment or subculture that would emerge in order to combat the growing troubles and fears involved in contemporary habits. I like how you point out that the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled, even while the average family size has gotten smaller. I agree with your point that owning such a small house is not traditionally what one dreams to have, where in society bigger is seen as better.

  2. cs341blog says:

    I thought Marissa’s example of the tiny house really shows how much our society is concerned with owning more than what we actually need. I think it is sad that were are encouraged to buy more than what we need as it causes us to only find values in things opposed to experiences and relationships. I think it would be really cool if this idea of a tiny house begins to become popular among society. I feel that by adopting this type of living space people would become much happier as families would be forced to spend more time together and would even be encouraged to spend more time outside if there was less playing space inside.
    I think it is really weird that people still feel that they need to have a big house when families are much smaller than they use to be. This is an sustainable trend that needs to be realized by the public as it is a lifestyle will have to be changed for a better economy and environment.

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