Why a Tiny House?

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our reasons for occupying a tiny home are environmental, economical, social & spiritual in nature. Our Modest home will be built with under 5000 lbs of materials (not counting the trailer). The average tiny house produces under 150lbs of landfill materials during it’s construction, and emits less than a half a ton of greenhouse gases throughout the winter. Contrast this with the average American home which consumes nearly an acre of forest and produces over 10,000lbs of construction waste. This suburban home will produce 18 tons of greenhouse gases annually and at around 2,500 square feet, it’s inhabitants can feel totally comfortable never interacting with each other.

We feel compelled to act upon current information regarding climate change, resource depletion, and health problems associated with our now toxic urban environments. We have been paying attention to the irresponsible stewardship of our commons. We have watched together as our Libraries, Schools and Social Services have cut program after program, and we are witnessing the largest privatization of our commons across the entire globe. In planning our future life, we explored at depth our feelings of social and economic insecurity. We identified the root causes of these insecurities as fear that our current economic system will fail to provide a growing number of people with adequate housing, food, water, and general well being. We have engaged with the community on these topics and come to the conclusion that the only way to address these problems is to modify our behavior in accordance with our greatest principles and begin living our lives as if we were already living within a society that has invented new paradigms with which to provide all of our common needs.

We push forward into this uncertain future with great hope and a strong vision. This shift has already begun, history has shown that these shifts are a natural & recurring process of humanity. This shift may not be finished in our lifetime, but we are here to witness it’s birth. Despite all evidence to the contrary, we feel great confidence that we will enjoy long lives and will continue to work in the name of stronger & healthier communities in our neighborhood & beyond.

4 Responses to Why a Tiny House?

  1. Thomas Atwood says:

    Your statement is a thing of beauty, befitting your identity and character as a couple. May your tiny house be both shelter and sanctuary, a refuge from the stresses of this world, and an incubation chamber of love and transformation.

    You inspire us to walk the walk, and bravely enter the new world that’s arriving all around us here and now. Thank you for the gift of your friendship.

    Love,

    Thomas

    • JoAnn Smith says:

      Thomas’s statement is so eloquent and “spot on”. Couldn’t have said it better myself! I am so very excited for the 2 of you. You had a vision and are making it happen.

      Many hugs!
      Jo

  2. Nick Amb says:

    Candace and Aaron,
    You have an awesome “tiny house” and this is a great blog.
    I will have to stop in more frequently to check up on the progress but it looks like it is coming along great!! Way to go!

    Nick

  3. Great tiny house of yours and really interesting blog.

    come join us in out tiny house discussion at tinyhomesforum.com. we will be waiting you there :D

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