A Design Of Housing That Is Affordable
An affordable home for everyone has become an ever more pressing issue in recent years. Consumer budgets have dwindled as unemployment and underemployment rates have increased. As a result, more affordable housing designs have assisted many people in returning to the state of peace that all people deserve – that of safe and comfortable housing.
Many factors affect the affordability of a particular housing design: size, main structural building material, insulation, windows, etc. Scaling down the size of your home is perhaps the most effective shift in housing designs that will reduce your overall cost.
Quality Of Life Improvement
The days of a single family of four living in a 2500 square foot home are moving into the archaic realm. Not only are large houses significantly more expensive and/or difficult to heat and cool, the additional time and expenses needed for cleaning and upkeep is highly significant. Add the additional factor of family member isolation within your own home (that is, the concept of each person living in separate sections of the home with minimal interaction) and it is not at all that difficult to understand why so many homeowners today are choosing to downsize within their personal dwellings.
Imagine cutting your heating and cooling bills by over half. For many homeowners that would mean a savings of hundreds of dollars each month – a very large step in the right direction to make owning a house that is affordable.
Cost Of Construction
Naturally, the cost to construct a smaller home is proportionally less than that of a larger home. Often homeowners themselves can assist in, if not complete, specific construction tasks when building a smaller home much more readily than in their larger counterparts. This would mean saving additional funds.
In addition, recent years have shown the return of some traditional building materials which can dramatically reduce the overall cost of heating and cooling a home. In climates where it is appropriate, cob (which is rammed earth or straw bale construction for walls) provides incredible insulation value. In some cases, where the design of the house is careful to capture sunlight for warmth in winter (passive solar designs) and create shade in summer (for example, using awnings), the heating and cooling bills could reach close to zero.
Homes can also be built into the side of a hill to allow the earth to serve as partial walls and/or ceiling components, again reducing not only heating and cooling costs but initial construction costs. When you couple these changes in your housing design with the addition of double or even tripled glazed windows and doors, on demand hot water heaters, and more efficient heating and cooling designs (such as the passive solar concept mentioned earlier), you will be very pleased with just how large your savings will be – both upfront and each month.
The good news is that there are a few really good tiny house companies that are doing wonders with their designs. There is lots of information and help for anyone that wants to build their own (or have it built) for a reasonable cost for now and for their future.
How Small Homes Help Us And Our Planet
Affordable housing designs will have a large impact on the overall health of the planet as well. As more and more families decide to make these positive changes that will not only save them significant amounts of money on building their housing and their housing bills, they will also realize that their carbon footprints have shrunk proportionally. This indeed is a very important time in the history of humanity and of our planet. Now is the time when we all have the opportunity to create a better future for ourselves and our children, one home at a time.