Beauty and Small Houses

I came across an interesting article tonight that stated there are three things that enhance creativity and that we automatically reach for, because without realizing it we consider them beautiful: things that are green because our minds associate them with lush crops and food sources, things that have the “golden rectangles” built in-that is a triangle that can be broken down repeatedly and appeals to the eye more than any other (5×8), and fractals. I immediately thought of tiny houses.

Tiny house pictures. They are generally always set in a green, lush landscape. I’ve laughed often that I love the scene even if I’d never live in the house. Or they are set in a beautiful, fractal garden. A bit wild, very geodesic to our minds’ eyes, even if we don’t recognize the relationship at first. And tiny houses themselves. The ones I’ve seen the most response to are often either a ratio of the ‘perfect’ 5×8 “golden rectangles” or close, either in their original shape or their breakdown. Does an 8×10 seem small but look perfect? It’s simply two golden rectangles set together. Or is your perfect floor plan more 8×12 with a bath and kitchen in the back, making the main floor area an 8×10? Back to the rectangles. Wall space adds to the visual appeal of these rectangles in small houses, and a well designed small house also often has smaller rectangles built in, too, like this.

Perhaps we’ve been reaching for the perfect design in more ways than we realized.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on February 27, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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