INSIDE: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, THE GUEST CABIN – Part Two
“This cabin rocks,” says the guest book . . . “We love it here. It’s hard to leave.” In this post are mostly interior photos of the 350 square foot guest cabin I introduced previously in Small is Beautiful, Part 1. This fits well with the Weekly Photo Challenge, Inside.
“Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”
― E.F. Schumacher
The vast majority of us will never have the wealth, the fame, or the mansions of Hollywood movie stars. Why do try to emulate them, in large rambling homes that are well beyond our ways & means?
I’m heartened that many people have a different vision and a sense of space that “small is beautiful” – and affordable and sustainable too . . .
Compare the plan view, above, to the photo below. Your viewpoint would be at the top near the french doors. Did you notice that the design was actually built flipped?
This photo was taken through the front window. The reflection is of the ocean behind me . . .
Fine homebuilding magazine recently featured an 800 square foot house. Well designed with an open concept, the rooms visually borrow from each other and the home feels twice its actual size. Every nook and cranny is utilized. For example, the meditation loft is similar in concept to the sleeping loft below . . .
During the framing . . .
And the exterior, as seen from the beach . . .
To summarize: I admit that many families would have difficulty living in this compact space of 350 square feet. But how about a well designed home or townhouse of between 750 and 1500 square feet maximum. Such dwellings used to be common, providing plenty of affordable space on smaller lots. They were known as bungalows . . .
“Everywhere people ask: “What can I actually do?” The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: we can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work cannot be found in science or technology, the value of which utterly depends on the ends they serve; but it can still be found in . . . traditional wisdom . . .
The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical.”
You can see other photos and read more in Small is Beautiful – Part 1
And check out this U-tube link to the 2013 Best Small Home
Peace to all – Bruce