Monday, November 7, 2011


Less = More <=>

Watch it!  This is five minutes of your life well spent.  You may even come out with less stuff, less space, a new outlook...  Housing in Regina is currently worth about $200 / square foot to build, this doesn't include the land.  So for the average monster house which we are currently building to the North, East and Harbour Landing south of our city, this is costing 2000sqft x 200/sqft roughly 400,000 + the space (200,000), so roughly 600,000 per house.  What if you could live in half that amount of space, you would save 200,000... I don't know about you but for me to save 200,000 could take decades...

I just returned from Vietnam (more on that to come) where we built a 320ft sq home for a family of three.  In comparison to what many in that community have, they tell me that this is a palace.  I felt a real sense of community while in Vietnam, neighbours look out for children, everyone knows everyone, you don't need to worry about full time supervision of your children because everyone knows everyone in the community and will keep an eye on them.  While I was there this looked a little bit like little monkeys running around everywhere, without the care of a parent.  Since I returned I learned this is completely normal.
Recognizing that you don't have to live close together or in small homes to have a vibrant community, I believe rural and farm communities in Saskatchewan to be very vibrant and warm.  I feel like the design of living closer together (so close) in modest (small) dwellings encourages us to engage with our neighbours and our community much more.

How many square feet do you occupy?  Could you live in 320ft sq?  Could you share it with your sibling and an uncle, like the Vietnamese family we met?  My sister who lives with me, as well as a roommate, in what I am sure the Vietnamese would consider a kingdom (1600sq ft condo), is downsizing.  I am up to the challenge.  Downsize, buy less stuff, occupy less space, save money, reduce your footprint...  I am heading upstairs right now to go through my closet!!

kind of a ramble, sorry about that, the video was worth watching at least!


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