I wanted to do a second update from my time at the Tiny House Workshop put on by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. The second day was focused on the design of tiny spaces.
Jay spoke about subtractive design, which is a process of design where you remove elements to refine a design without detracting from the design at the same time. The balance between removing elements and simplifying the design while still maintaining the core functions and needs that a home provides are inspired by a list in Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language.
Another point that Jay hit home was that of “vernacular design” where certain design element subconsciously signal us to understand that the design is a home. Things like a porch or a defined angle on a gable roof.
The last part of presentation was done by Greg Ramsey of Village Habitat Design. His company specializes in designing small house communities. It was a really great presentation on how we can rethink traditional housing, layout traditional urban lots to have community, interaction with nature and higher home density that is a quality not typically seen today. What I really like about Greg’s approach is that his goal is to turn 60-90% of the land into green spaces and gardens.
All in all it was a great workshop, the design approach was an interesting one, to see and understand that Tiny Houses are so intentionally designed. The added conversation of community building was really fascinating and really got the wheels turning!