This site describes a way of living that, although extremely comfortable and civilized, is far below the acceptable minimum for most of the Western World. People have been trained from early on to seek uttermost comfort and convenience at all cost. Mostly, it seems, to proclaim 'success' in life.
Houses grow bigger to fit...what? Is the national average of 2400 square feet really necessary for 3 or 4 humans? The Baby Boomers erect huge structures that have Yoga rooms used once a month, craft studios that becomes overflow storage for plastic junk and bathroom #4, flushed only at Thanksgiving gatherings.
The rest of what your will read about here on CoyoteCottage has been established so we won't be in debt to the system. Our aim is to be entirely free from a draining 9-5 existence lasting decades into the future.
We have one monthly bill, our cell phone. We pay property tax annually, and the old vehicles we creep around in require insurance and registration. That's it.
With a setup like that, namely a dirt cheap house on a modest piece of ground, we are free to pursue our passions beyond the wildest dreams of the typical weekend warrior. All while working about 3-6 months a year.
There's nothing cozier than a quaint, smaller home, and nothing greener as well. Less earth is disturbed siting the home, less resources are consumed to build it, and less energy is used to heat, cool. and power it. Of course, going green doesn't end there. Use of reclaimed, recycled, and renewable materials is also important.
hough a majority of the homes on the market today seem to exhibit steroidal growth in size, many homeowners are moving in the opposite direction by purchasing smaller homes. Older, small homes are attractive for their character, but even new cottage-size homes of 1000 square feet are proving to be immensely popular. When you consider that more than 60% of American households comprise only one or two people, the movement to right-size housing is not surprising.
Our challenged economy may help Shafer's dream come true. If there were ever a time to go tiny, that time would appear to be now, with real estate values in the tank and people struggling mightily to get by. The notion of actually being able to pay their bills appeals to lots of people, and if they can do their part for climate change too, so much the better. College students, intentional communities, retirees, and people on a budget are among the prospective purchasers. The market will never be, ahem, huge, but it's a niche with real potential.
My name is Kent Griswold and I am developing this blog because of my love of small spaces. I have always dreamed of having a cabin and have done research over the years. Tiny houses have also become an interest to me in the last couple of years.
The goal of the tiny house blog is to discover the different options available for a person looking to down size into a tiny house or cabin. I will be looking at different type of construction, from logs, to yurts to modern and the unusual. I will also do book reviews, look at alternate energy for heat and electricity.
I want to encourage feedback and ideas to make this an informative blog. Stories of people who are living this dream. Pictures of tiny houses and cabins, etc.
My goal is to publish weekly and more if possible. Thank you for sharing in this experience with me.