you know that the average American today has as much living area to
him- or herself as an entire family of 3.3 did in 1950? I've been
thinking about small houses lately, both because of working on my
ebook and because
we've been the lucky recipients of a
variety of out of town guests. I suspect that many
Americans build large homes for the sole purpose of housing guests or
hosting gatherings two or three times a year. But isn't there an
For us, there definitely
is. It turns out that the intentional
community a mile
down the road rents out their community house for a
small fee and is happy to put up our house guests (and to host our
me, this is a no-brainer since our
entire farm is my personal space and I can't handle having people other
than Mark nearby for more than three or four hours a day once or twice
But even for the less
antisocial, renting space for guests makes
financial sense. We're able to use the community house for an
entire week for $100 --- just think how many guests we'd need to
channel through here before it would make sense to move the guest
quarters to our own land. Plus, if one community house could take
the pressure off ten or twenty families, that would mean a slew of
trees that didn't need to be cut down to build guest rooms and tons of
coal that didn't need to be turned into elecricity to heat
I suspect that if the
Tiny House movement wants to reach beyond the
small, vocal choir, our communities need to have facilities like this
available to take the edge off. What do you think?
Our chicken waterer makes it easy to leave town for a long Thanksgiving weekend without hiring a caretaker, but we opted to stay home.
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