Hobbit Homes in the UpperValley.
Does size really matter? No! Not that ! The size of the home you live in. Have you tried Minimalism? There are tiny homes popping up all round and I just couldn't wait to get inside one. I pass it often. They even have a compost pile... so they must have room to cook. Electric light burns from the windows at night. Do they have electricity? Twice I have knocked at the door, but no one opened it. I am going back tomorrow. Surely I can catch someone actually living in this Hobbit hole. Remember, Bilbo Baggins had a very cozy Hobbit Hole he was very proud of.
Alas, it was not to be. The "hobbit" of this tiny home broke her leg, and the necessity of a temporary
move, conspired to make a tour of the inside, (to take all of 2.5
seconds...) illusive. Still, I find the concept intriguing. Not so much
the downsizing that would be necessary for me, The Collector of Many
Treasures, but why does one want to live small? I guess I could ask some
of the builders of McMansions the same question: Why? It is the thought
process I find intriguing. Where would I put my seven spinning wheels?
My cactus collection? My Parrots! It just wouldn't go well.... Clearly, I
am just not the Hobbit Hole type.
Jamaica Cottages (right
here in Vermont) and many
other small companies specializing in small homes are popping up and
doing well. They are adorable! And efficient, I am sure! Efforts have
even been made to address the issues of homelessness in the inner
cities with these tiny abodes. It got mixed reviews, though that success
or failure is difficult to quantify. This seems to me a thought worthy
of pursuit. The need is great, the price tag small.
Could you do it? Have you thought about it?
Writing once a month (for now) from my (smallish...) home in South Strafford Vermont.