An interesting article from today's NY Times. Think Small takes low-impact living to a new threshold. One home seems barely more than a stable tent (with a bed), while others fit several rooms into what, for many second home owners, is a space a quarter the size of their master bedroom.
People talk about wanting to live in nature, with nature, and we often talk about bringing the outdoors inside. What if we left the outdoors...outdoors?
What impact does this have on developers of second home communities? Especially when (apparently) a buyer can literally pick up his house and move to another location? This isn't your Aunt Mabel's RV (okay, maybe not your Aunt Mabel, but somebody's Aunt Mabel). This is high-design pre-fab.
But what about a downpour, or a blizzard or a tornado (hello, Dorothy!) - I suppose sticking to 160-odd square feet could really test a relationship and/or one's tolerance for solitude (not to mention solitaire).
For a really cool example of sustainable building without giving up creature comforts, check out this article on Tom Kundig's "Tree House" in a Sunday Times Magazine article from last year (subscription required). At 1000 square feet, spread over three floors, it's downright decadent. Love that weathered steel.