Small Houses, Big Houses

2018-04-16 – My dog Lefty likes to be in the way.

That’s probably not the way he would put it. He would probably say that he likes to sleep in an enclosed cozy space. He has a choice of many sleeping venues in our house, but the preferred spots are corners—or even better, the end of a hallway that closes him off on three side.

One of those three sides is always a door or other passageway, however. And this means that he is always blocking anyone who wants to get through.

Over the last few years I’ve noticed an increase in stories about tiny houses. Sometimes they are built for the purpose. Sometimes they are built out of different kinds of large containers (large, as containers, but small, as houses). These are promoted for various purposes, ranging from housing the homeless to minimizing your impact on the environment.

Lefty would like a tiny house. (In the interest of full disclosure: Lefty never has an “accident” within the small spaces he claims, but he sometimes does in the larger spaces in our house, particularly since he’s become a cranky old man.)

At the same time I’ve notice the increase in stories about tiny houses, I’ve also noticed an increase in stories about opulent mansions. I suppose the people who do stories about mansions are not the same people who do stories about tiny houses, so I don’t know what conclusion to draw from these two facts.

I don’t know what Lefty would make of a huge house. I guess he would just find a corner to sleep in. Our house is already huge by corner-sleeping standards.

I’m probably a little like Lefty.

You know the dreams you have when you buy a lottery ticket or get a new job or start a new project? Mine never include buying a mansion. Whenever I think about improving or upgrading my living arrangement, the upgrades are usually fairly trivial. I live in a modest home and I don’t need any more space.

What do the mansion-livers do with all the extra space?

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One response to “Small Houses, Big Houses

  1. Little boxes on the hillside
    Little boxes made of ticky-tacky
    Little boxes on the hillside
    Little boxes all the same
    There’s a pink one and a green one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same
    –Malvina Reynolds

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