Tag Archives: Living Small

Increasing numbers of Kiwis are living big in a tiny house – Russell Blackstock.  | TPPA = CRISIS

Bryce Langston, an actor and musician, has spent about $70,000 designing and building his own miniature house on wheels. He hopes the project will offer him an alternative lifestyle in his own home after being priced out of Auckland’s booming property market.

“The house might be small but it has steel framing, weatherboards and a corrugated roof like any other regular home,” he says. “Because my income is irregular I wanted out of the expensive rent or mort….

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The realities of living tiny, part 3: efficiency – making peace with the wrong side of 40

I’ve spent the last couple of days talking about how impractical our RV living is from a space standpoint.

Today, I want to talk about how impractical it is from a sustainability standpoint. Because RVs are not very efficient. They definitely have a smaller carbon footprint than your average McMansion, but they’re not efficient. There are better ways to shrink our carbon footprint.

Lets start with talking about what an RV is. It is basically a giant car. Which means that it gets hot as blue blazes inside an RV when the sun is shining. It is constructed more like a car than a house. That means single-paned windows; really inadequate insulation; half normal electric half auto electric systems….

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Smart and Sustainable Living in the 21st Century. Big Advantages in Tiny Homes –  Diana Clement.  | TPPA = CRISIS

More Kiwis are downsizing their lives into smaller spaces than they imagined. And despite the headlines, some are delighted to do so. It’s not about being squeezed into a shoebox because that’s all they can afford. An apartment, duplex or terraced home can be homely and it’s cheaper to run and has less maintenance. Building smaller homes means that Kiwis can still have the all important back yard on a smaller piece of land.

Two distinct groups of buyers are interested in these homes. One is young couples, who haven’t accumulated lots of belongings. The other is 50-60-something empty nesters who no lo….

Source: Smart and Sustainable Living in the 21st Century. Big Advantages in Tiny Homes –  Diana Clement.  | TPPA = CRISIS

The perfect community – essays in everything

I just think of green, forest, laughter, sunlight dribbling through shadowed trees and stretching feet out in the dirt. I want this place to be real, a place that I can live in, that can happen, utopia. But what would it actually involve?

Size: 150 to 200

Dunbar’s number suggests there is a cognitive limit to the number of people who people can maintain stable relationships with, being around 150, proposed by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar. Therefore, Dunbar proposes that this number is ideal for a community.

Off-grid

Ideally our houses have a supply of water, electricity, gas, foo

Source: The perfect community – essays in everything