|"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and |
it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."
But, what does the home WANT to be?
- to respond to, be a part of, and make the best use of its SITE/LANDSCAPE
- to fulfill the needs of its inhabitants' PROGRAM elegantly and efficiently
- to be a place of HEALTH and LIFE
- to contribute to its NEIGHBORHOOD/ENVIRONMENT
- and probably some other very important things I've forgotten at the moment
|an open plan kitchen, dining area, and family room. image courtesy of thekitchendesigner.org|
I'm not exactly sure for what purpose the Open Plan was birthed, but I'm guessing it may have been the desire to have a large, impressive (and not confining) public room, without increasing the square footage. I'm pretty sure the idea was not to harken back to the cabin experience.
|"All of the walls on the second floor of this old house were removed with a post and beam retrofit. The three bedrooms were combined into a single lofted bedroom. A stone clad tub sits in room overlooking a private garden."|
Image courtesy of Jeremy Levine Design
It is possible to have too much visual space. This suite seems too spacious to be cozy.
If we’re going to talk reasonably, how do we make a gorgeous minimal tiny house for a family of five with small children?
History reminds us that most of our grandparents had only one room for much larger families.
AFFORDABILITY – what can we really afford?
Can Tiny Houses Do It?
- eliminate clutter (which also clutters the mind),
- discourage consumerism (where would you put it anyway), and
- refuse to compete on with the Joneses (what’s that all about).