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Microhousing: A Lived and Learned Experience

Fall 2017
This online-only article is a supplement to the Fall 2017 print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 05, 2017
Living within your means has always been prudent—but what happens when you take this to an extreme? Microhousing has become more and more popular over the last few years, receiving more time in articles, television shows, and other media as an alternative to the common suburban home. Much of my design work has been at small scale, from cabins to ranger stations, but I had not yet dealt with the smallest of living spaces: the microhouse. As though she had read my mind, Leah Hodgson, a colleague of mine, mentioned one day that she was living in a microhouse built on a 5-foot x 8-foot trailer bed. She describes the experience of designing, building, and living in this space in the story below. This story convinced me to purchase the microhouse and develop a competition to renovate it for the Second-Year Architecture Studio that I coteach at Virginia Tech.

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