I don’t think that this idea ever really met its full potential, especially in the media. Small living has been around forever- gypsies have been doing it for much longer than it’s been “environmentally friendly”.
But the guy in the picture, Jay Schafer, made an attempt at institutionalizing small living by creating Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. After living in his original 89 square foot home, he decided that he wanted to make tiny living accessible to more people. Afterall, there is no mortgage or unused space, and living small meant that you eliminated most waste from your life (think about all the junk your family keeps in the spare room of your house). All that AND environmentally friendly? Not a bad tradeoff. In fact, the idea seemed so great that Canadian company, Sustain Design Studio, has its own mini homes. You should all check out Jay’s and Sustain’s websites to see all the designs and floor plans available.
Jay appealed to protestors on Wallstreet by speaking to them in December about affordable housing. Apparently, banks, insurance companies, and the housing and lumber industries have mandated larger home sizes to be safer, and therefore the standard. As a result, people overspend on homes and mortgages. He is fighting the big fight, but it looks like available space is the ultimate deciding factor that people look to when it comes to homes. This is a great concept for people who are on the move, live alone, and really care for the environment, but the movement seems to have come to standstill since 2009. Have a look at two mini homes, including Jay’s, and an extremely eco-friendly apartment in Hong Kong.
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