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Tiny Home Neighborhoods

"…If you want to make the move from a conventional, 2,500-square-foot home to one half that size appealing, you can’t do it with design alone or even with the combination of home and neighborhood design. The trick to living large in small spaces is to have great public places to go to – preferably by foot or on a bike – once you’re outside your private retreat. This argument echoes Scott Doyon’s pitch for balancing privacy and community. No problem feeding the private, nesting impulse with cottage living; but the smaller the nest, the bigger the balancing need for community. Big community. Bigger than a greenfield new town or village.…" http://placeshakers.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/livin’-large-in-small-spaces-it-takes-a-town/

2 comments:

Jack Stub said...

Another South Whidbey reference. The Ross Chapin cottage community in the photo is in Langley on Whidbey Island - my favorite little town. One cottage was recently for sale so I went up there and checked it out. It was well built, had lots of nice little touches and it was just big enough to be comfortable for two agreeable adults. Pretty affordable too.

Anonymous said...

Seen this? A piece from NY times on small communities: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/garden/at-the-neshoba-county-fair-families-unite-and-come-unglued.html?_r=1&ref=style

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