Friday, February 26, 2010

small house movement

I know. I know. Art isn't happening in my studio and since this is supposed to be an art blog, nothing much is happening here either. So here's a short video about one of my latest obsessions (thanks, Sonya). In the interest of sustainable living and simplifying, I want a small house. OK, I want TWO small houses: one to live in and one for the art studio, and on a HUGE piece of land. And maybe one on a lake for holidays. D'oh! So much for downsizing. If you're curious, check out this blog and this one.

Back to our regularly-scheduled programming after the Olympics.


Blogger dinahmow said...

Just touching, ever-so-briefly, on the O word...

It might be interesting to know whether any of the psychologists who dabble in such things have noted, as have I, that certain people who hitherto descended into the glumness of Seasonal Affected Disorder are, this winter, all hyped-up and having a jolly time, either in BC or in front of their tellies.

Whew! It was really hard typing such a long, pretentious sentence!

26/2/10 2:08 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

All you ever think about is the Olympics, Di. Get a life! :)

26/2/10 4:12 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...


26/2/10 8:55 p.m.  
Blogger K said...

I know exactly how you feel! I want two small houses for exactly the same reason :)


27/2/10 8:09 a.m.  
Blogger Hayden said...

yep. I understand completely. I absolutely love small houses. And if I ever stop doing stuff that requires space to work in, and using stuff that takes stuff to store it, I want one. Right now everytime I get the bug for one I think about my long, long rental years and no room for "stuff" to make "stuff."

Small houses REQUIRE also having small studios attached, lol!

28/2/10 11:13 a.m.  
Blogger Lisa Riehl said...

My backyard studio is currently a bit bigger than one of these small houses, but it still feels too small. Not enough storage for all those paintings that are not hanging somewhere and that people haven't yet bought (but soon will !!!) ... Love the idea of downsizing as I need to get away from the need to accumulate stuff. I'm not that bad, but bad enough. Problem is, I already feel that I don't have enough wall space to hang all the art I want to buy!

2/3/10 9:27 a.m.  
Blogger zIggI said...

aren't they wonderful! I want one for each foot please.

2/3/10 12:29 p.m.  
Blogger donn w2Nz said...

We had a couple of those at the Lake, they're called "sleepers". My small (100 yrs old in 2011)house is in a mature neighbourhood close to downtown..literally 10 minutes to Portage & Main

Don't get me wrong I love BIG NEW houses but I don't like mortgaging, cleaning, heating, maintaining, and having to drive out to the burbs to get to them.

This place is under 1500 sf and to be honest I spend 90% of my time here in the small sunroom...I could probably live in a microhouse in a warmer climate..who am I kidding, as long as I had an interwebs connection I could live in a potato sack :)

3/3/10 12:22 p.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I love one of the last things she says in the video: "Square footage has nothing to do with real abundance." it.

I'm so glad you've posted this, Andrea. I've been in a frenzy of information gathering ever since. I ordered the book from Tumbleweed homes, shared the catalogue with friends, discussed with others about the potential for a small house community with a larger, shared central gathering area...and so on. Joyce seems interested as well, but has the same apprehensions as you have...where do I have a space to create stuff with my stuff? And where do I keep my stuff.
I also loved what Donn said in the comments. I spend most of my time in the kitchen and could be happy with a home that was one big kitchen.

9/3/10 5:34 a.m.  
Blogger LDahl said...

I would build one of those small houses on one of the extra lots we have and live in it... then I would take this house and turn it into my studio. Small house neat and tidy, big house (never let anyone inside) total creative chaos!

12/3/10 2:59 p.m.  

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