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Thursday, December 19, 2013

its a house

a house really has a few functions when you get
down to the basics
shelter from rain cold heat
a place to sleep
a place to cook and eat
a place to store some things

thats the basic needs of a house

ive lived in a trailer house twice in my lifetime
once in california with my historian brother
another time in northwest arkansas in the ozarks
when my wife she was in graduate school

these trailers provided those basic needs
in an efficient manner and with an efficient design
it seems all the space was well utilized

i sit here at our country n house and look at all the
wasted space that we purchased and really dont use
that often
and we have to heat and cool it  and pay taxes on it

im always telling my wife she we just need to chop off
half of this house and live in the other half
heck theres even been books written about smaller houses

after katrina an architect designed a small house that could
be quickly built at a small cost and had a lot of things we
really needed with some extras in it
they even now can be bought from lowes

in larger cities now they are producing small real small apartments
with all those efficient designs like in trailers
to accommodate the demand in cities like san francisco seattle new york
for young workers many professionals who dont demand much
but these basics

then this lady did her own house on a flat bed truck
heres the link to her story
i must say though when i looked at that house
i thought you know that really looks like a trailer house
whats that story about the king who didnt wear any clothes
in that parade
thought of that
looks like a trailer functions like a trailer must be a trailer

but seriously we in american when compared to other countries
have bigger and bigger homes with more and more stuff
in them that we really dont need and have to pay more to
maintain them and insure them and of course pay more taxes
on them

this trailer trend thats taking over the apartments i hope
extends to our homes

at the habitat the houses that are built arent that large but
when i look at them i see how functional they all are
well designed energy efficient with not a lot of wasted
or unneeded space

we in america have a lot to learn about a lot of things
we could look to other countries for some things
we could look back in time to just a few years ago when
houses were built like the habitats for the functions that
a home was intended for

after all a house is really meant to be just a home

maybe we all should consider downsizing
we probably would be happier and more wealthy

the organicgreen doctor


  1. And this cool concept of efficient use of space: