Monday, July 25, 2011

Eco-Monday. Tiny Houses, Tiny Imapct on the Environment.

Cozy is a word typically used to make a space sound comfortable, warm and inviting. This is nice, but it may also mean that the space being described is small. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, small spaces are all apart of our lives at one point or another. Well, I bet you are wondering why I am talking so much about small spaces, although the title I am sure gave you a hint. Tiny Houses. Last night I was reading an article in the New Yorker about tiny houses. They featured Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

He decided to downsize in 1997 to a tiny house he called Tumbleweed that was a mere 89 square feet. He grew up much like most of us in a 4,000 sq. ft. house with his family. Living large with a mortgage, stuff and busyness all around home life. Think about how much time you spend moving the stuff around your house, cleaning and getting rid of the stuff in your house. Now, I am a designer and have to say, I like my stuff, but it would be interesting to live with less, after all most of world lives with a lot less than we do here in the US.  Living in one of these tiny houses comes with many perks, like no mortgage and small utility bills and stress/stuff free living. Can you imagine all the extra free time you would have for walking around the lake, going to concerts, hanging out with friends and basically experiencing life. Oh and the best part... these houses are on wheels so away you go... your house mobile. Amazing.

Jay in front of his tiny house Tumbleweed.

One of Jay's happy customers. Collin & Joanna. 
Click through to this blog post and watch the video of how they downsized.

Amazing, intriguing and eco-friendly. I am not sure I could do husband is very who knows what may happen! :) 

Have a great day!


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