Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
13Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Sanctuary magazine issue 9 - Small Houses - green home feature article

Sanctuary magazine issue 9 - Small Houses - green home feature article

Ratings:

5.0

(1)
|Views: 6,785|Likes:
Published by Sanctuary Magazine
America’s Small House Movement dreams big, builds small. Green home feature article from www.sanctuarymagazine.org.au, sustainable house design from Australia.
America’s Small House Movement dreams big, builds small. Green home feature article from www.sanctuarymagazine.org.au, sustainable house design from Australia.

More info:

Published by: Sanctuary Magazine on Oct 21, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

03/17/2013

pdf

text

original

 
24 25
Small houses
 America’s Small House Movement dreams big, builds small
By Fiona Negrin
 T
he Small House movement is to homeswhat the Slow Food movement is to dinner:a celebration o sustainability, simplicity andnourishment. It’s a trend that’s gained momentumin recent years thanks to the triecta o increasingclimate change awareness, the global fnancialcrisis and rising real estate prices. The SmallHouse movement is most active in the US, wherepeople o all ages and incomes are oregoing“trophy” houses or small, even tiny, abodes thatree up their time and money. Ater transport and agriculture, housing is themost resource-intensive industry in the westernworld, according to Shay Salomon, author o one o the movement’s defning books,
LittleHouse on a Small Planet
. “There’s an enormousamount o destruction required or construction,”Salomon says, “both in clearing the land and thenin all the materials that go into the building, andthen all the long term costs that go into runningthose buildings”.Salomon co-ounded the Small House Societywith Jay Shaer, Nigel Valdez and Gregory PaulJohnson in 2002. Jay Shaer’s guiding philosophyis “dream big, build small.” At
30squaremetres,thersttinyhouseShaferbuiltissomodestit’sblushing,buthecreditsitwithtransformingand“uncluttering”hislife
. Ten years on, Shaerhas built 12 tiny houses, lived in three dierentones, and become an ardent spokesperson orthe movement. He’s written
The Small HouseBook 
and started his own company, Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, to provide plans and build smallhouses or others.Gregory Paul Johnson, author o 
Put Your Lifeon a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140Square Feet
, lives in a diminutive house designedand built by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. It’s areestanding, movable, battery-powered housethat was conceived as being part o a communityo tiny houses where common resources likekitchen and laundry would be shared. At three by two metres square, you can buywardrobes bigger than Johnson’s house, dubbed“the Mobile Hermitage”, but it’s an exemplar o creative solutions to space constraints, with allareas perorming multiple unctions. A queen-sizelot bed is accessed by a old-away ladder, thecomputer workstation converts to a two-seaterdining area, and “tables and suraces seemto come out o the woodwork on demand asneeded”. Indeed, space-saving innovations are adistinguishing eature o tiny houses.It might sound like a competition to out-tinyyour neighbour, but the Small House Movementwelcomes dwellings o all sizes and maintainsthat small is relative.
“Aspacethatmightbeconsideredsmallforafamilyoffourwouldbelargeifonlyasinglepersonwerelivinginit,”
 says the Society.Shay Salomon is open about the act that livingin a tiny house presents challenges, including theneed to tidy more oten. But she says the fnancial,emotional, environmental and health benefts o living in a small house outweigh the obstacles.Coming back to the idea o slow ood, Shayoers the last word on small living. “Sustainabilityis a question o sustenance. When you can getin touch with the reality around you, you realisethere’s plenty o sustenance or everyone, andthe sustainable way o doing things is to eed thewhole world just exactly what it needs, and nottoo much.”
    ©     T   u   m    b    l   e   w   e   e    d    T    i   n   y    H   o   u   s   e    C   o   m   p   a   n   y    2    0    0    8    ©     T   u   m    b    l   e   w   e   e    d    T    i   n   y    H   o   u   s   e    C   o   m   p   a   n   y    2    0    0    8
This design of Jay Shafer’s, theEpu, has a oorplan of 6 squaremetres. Jay lives in an Epu himselfJay Shafer’s Z-Glasshouse ts a living room,bedroom, kitchen andbathroom into a mere36 square metres
    ©     T   u   m    b    l   e   w   e   e    d    T    i   n   y    H   o   u   s   e    C   o   m   p   a   n   y    2    0    0    8

Activity (13)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads
audaciouslife liked this
kadda5951 liked this
BrusPulverHest liked this
in1ne7a20 liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->