A House Too Big, More’s a Burden?

I was watching a show on HGTV, where home-buyer leads (usually couples) are toured through 3 different homes by their chosen Realtor. I got a little caught up in the show, watching one home-buyer, an architect by trade, point to various flaws in each of the homes he and his wife toured.

I watched him pick out things, like damage to the ceiling which could indicate a roof leak, or an archway which gave a transition effect he really liked. Eventually the couple choose the second house they’d toured, I wondered if perhaps that was a common theme of the show. At least, I began to wonder if the couple always choose home #2 when the episode was over.

The next couple featured was a classic American rags-to-riches story of a couple born into lower middle-class families who now had 1.5 million to spend on a home. They toured 3 mansions…and in each mansion they went through, I was almost completely over-whelmed; and not in a good way.

Bedroom closets lined with cabinets to hold shoes and purses, the obligatory swimming pool that takes up 1/3 of the yard (I don’t like swimming, btw), tons of generic box shaped rooms (but you get that in a lot of homes). Eventually I had to ask myself who needs all that crap? Understand it’s not just the size of the house… it’s all the stuff you’ll end up having to buy in order to fill up that house. By the time your home is comfortable furnished, you’re going to have so much stuff I don’t you’ll even know what to do with it. I can’t stand it.

Call me a minimalist if you will, but I feel like the more stuff I have, the less freedom I can enjoy. What was is P’ Diddy said? “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.”

Something I can stand about current homes, is the fact that they’re stuck there. You can’t go anywhere. Maybe to a lot of people that seems normal, since the alternative is to get some hillbilly motor-home. Not all motor-homes looks like the trailer parks you’ve seen on TV. Thankfully there seems to be a growing number of people who, “get it” for lack of a better term. Of course your home needs to be able to house all your stuff, but the smaller your home is, the easier it is to maintain and… when we’re talking about small homes, we can start thinking of transportation. Have a look at the Zero Pod, from Japan, for a better grasp on what I’m trying to get at.

I know, it sounds weird, trying to blend home and mobile into something that isn’t a motor-home, but personally, I’m obsessed with the concept.

The couple choose the 2nd mansion, btw.