How often do you have house parties?
I am a devout hedonist and even I only manage four per year.
Is it worth everything that it costs for a brick house in order to have enough indoor space for my four house parties per year? I’m not so sure.
Tiny houses have been heralded as a radical and creative way to address a lack of affordable housing, as well as reducing living costs and shrinking our carbon footprint. But are they as radical as they could be? Who can access them, and how?
“A safe and settled home is the cornerstone on which we build a better quality of life.”, so says Jake Eliot, head of policy for the money advice service, and many would agree. And now, homes have also become our “first line of defence against the COVID-19 outbreak”, according to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing, who goes on to state that “Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation.” Hasn’t it?
The terror of uncertainty brought about by the Coronavirus epidemic is felt most acutely by low earning hourly waged workers and those in ‘high risk’ categories of susceptibility to a fatal infection. This unprecedented moment in contemporary history is shining a bright and unforgiving light on the failings of our economic system, with huge companies such as Laura Ashley already going into administration, not to mention the thousands of small locally owned businesses that will undoubtedly follow suit in the coming weeks.
Regrettably, this Amish barn-raising did not happen in our back garden.
Construction for our tiny house began in the spring of 2019. It was a hot year and our clay-filled garden was already baked into a solid concrete block. Continue reading “Preparing the Ground”
My interest in tiny houses preceded my intention to pay scholarly attention to their emancipatory potential. Like so many of my now participants, I was just poor and indignant at a housing system that appeared to be rigged. I was born poor, but I worked hard at becoming indignant.