The design of better smaller houses that lend warmth, comfortable enclosure, and interrelated space that nurtures the way we really live requires care and thoughtful planning. Yet It is not rocket science. Great small houses begin with a “program” of the functions within them correlated to the kinds and scale of spaces that best serve those functions, a development of the best relationship of these spaces, and a sensitive connection of interior space, exterior landscape, views and environment. The height and openness/closeness of spaces, natural and man-made light, the orientation of space to the sun and wind are all important. With more care in the creation of our homes those capsules so critical to nurturing our families and ourselves are better, smaller, more meaningful and comfortable.
We are convinced that in less your family can be better housed in richer, better built, longer-lasting, more efficient, and more human dwellings. It’s also less expensive, more efficient and easier to clean. Read the third part of this series to find out how the design process emphasizing the right space works.
Tim James Rhodes RA. AIA.
Rhodes Architecture + Light