Liv­ing with less


“I want to live in a tiny house,” my six-year-old daugh­ter de­clares. “Why so?” I ques­tion. “They are small, we can just play all the time in­stead of clean­ing, and I don’t have to go far to find you.” How re­fresh­ing the logic of a child can be. Truth is, she is in keep­ing with the sen­si­bil­i­ties of those driv­ing the trend to smaller homes. While the mo­ti­va­tions of each per­son varies, there are cer­tain sen­ti­ments that per­vade the drive to live with less space.

The choice to live in a smaller home is a qual­ity-of-life choice. Smaller homes rep­re­sent a type of free­dom, a push back fromthe busy, hec­tic lives many of us lead. A smaller home sim­pli­fies one’s life and there is less space to main­tain, to fur­nish and clean. Frankly, you can only have so many pos­ses­sions in a small home, thus it keeps its oc­cu­pants in the mind­set of “Use it or lose it.” Life is just sim­pler with­out all the un­nec­es­sary “stuff.”

Smaller homes of­fer the in­hab­i­tants a cer­tain peace of mind in these times of en­vi­ron­men­tal un­cer­tainty. A sense of liv­ing re­spon­si­bly can im­bue the small home dwellers, as they have a lighter foot­print: fewer ma­te­ri­als were used to build their home, less land was de­vel­oped, there is less space to heat and cool, and there is less space to fill, hence less con­sumerism.

You know the old adage, “Time is money,” and those who grav­i­tate to­wards the smaller home would rather have time on their hands and spend less money on their hous­ing. While I am­not ready to move my fam­ily in to a tiny house, of­ten these home­own­ers have no mort­gage and a great deal of free time, some­thing def­i­nitely to be de­sired. In a town like Santa Fe, peo­ple choose to live here for our high qual­ity of life, yet with it comes high real-es­tate val­ues. Some peo­ple make the choice to live in a smaller home so they can en­joy more of what this town has to of­fer, choos­ing ex­pe­ri­ences over pos­ses­sions.

As our daugh­ter sug­gested, small homes of­fer more in­ti­macy, a cer­tainty in close­ness. For bet­ter or worse, all must share the cozy space and with that an op­por­tu­nity arises for par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­volve­ment with each other that might not arise if you have to wan­der the halls to find each other.

Liv­ing with less doesn’t have to be a down­grade; many who live by this phi­los­o­phy have the “Qual­ity over quan­tity” men­tal­ity. They ex­pe­ri­ence a home filled with beauty and func­tion­al­ity, where ob­jects have pur­pose or are cher­ished. While we Amer­i­cans have spent decades priz­ing large homes, small-home dwellers of­ten boast a sim­pler life, lighter on the en­vi­ron­ment, eas­ier on the pock­et­book, and rich with in­ti­macy. Liv­ing with less gets two thumbs up frommy daugh­ter: more time for play­ing and less time clean­ing.

Mark Gior­getti and Les­lie Gior­getti are both prin­ci­pals at Palo Santo De­signs, a Santa Fe de­sign-build con­trac­tor spe­cial­iz­ing in high-per­for­mance homes. Mark serves as pres­i­dent of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and Les­lie is an as­so­ciate bro­ker with Santa Fe Prop­er­ties. Con­tact Mark at 505-670-4236, mark@palosan­tode­ and Les­lie at 505-670-7578, les­lie.gior­getti@sf­, and visit www.palosan­tode­

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