A downsized living space is usually viewed as a sign of economic distress, but could it actually be a statement for sustainability?
The “tiny house” movement is the most visible aspect of a trend toward smaller living spaces, which advocates say help conserve resources. That argument is made in visual form by this infographic from Compact Appliance.com (via Sustainablog).
A smaller house means less of everything that causes homeowners stress. Less stuff to clean and maintain. Less money to pay to continue living in said house. Less material required to build it, and less energy required to run it.
Like Americans themselves, houses have also grown substantially over the years. The average size in the 1980s was around 1,800 square feet; today it’s closer to 2,500 square feet. Is it time to reverse that trend?