One of the many things we’ve been looking at as we change our focus is the changing landscape of housing size. I think the part that has fascinated me the most is that there isn’t just one trend. It’s a bunch of trends that work for different demographics. I’m not sure why that would surprise me, but that’s because I wasn’t looking at the big picture, I guess. Just thinking about the needs I see in greater Austin I can identify these:
Tiny houses: This would work great for people who are displaced (disasters, etc.) or have been homeless. Minimalists also love living in a small amount of space, as do people who really only use their homes for sleeping and spend most of their other time elsewhere. Tiny house communities with communal space for entertaining, group meals, exercise, and storage of bulky items can be appealing to people who like to socialize. A real negative is that people do need to have storage for their bulky items (bicycles, kayaks, books).
Container homes: I have to admit I’ve been interested in building residences out of shipping containers for years. You can link them together or use them as a basis for adding on living space. What we would need to do is look at whether it’s cost effective. Continue readingHermann says please like and share!