What Makes a Shelter into a Home?

Tiny, cheap or portable: covering the essentials

Monday, November 22, 2010

This whole week, in honor of the upcoming holidays, we’re exploring the notion of home — what home feels like and sounds like, and how you define home.

We kick off the week in the simplest way: with an exploration of the structure of a home — and what we consider absolutely necessary, regardless of its budget or square footage.

We’re joined by Matthew Lambert, Project Manager and Director of Technology at Duany Plater-Zyberk; the architectural firm is famous for its “Katrina Cottages,” migrant farm communities and other affordable housing.

Jay Shafer also joins us. In addition to being the founder and designer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, he’s lived in a 100-square foot house for most of the past decade.


Matthew Lambert and Jay Shafer

Comments [5]

Virginia Creighton from Bedroom

Home is where the latest painting hangs in any available space, upside down or sideways, or even, as appears in this entry from photo booth, backwards!

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Does photo show?

Nov. 22 2010 10:07 AM
Neal Klein from Delray Beach, FL

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. - Robert Frost

Home is where I climbed my first tree until my head poked through the highest leaves, 35 feet above the ground. Home is where I first fished in my backyard and watched my parents wrestle with new kitchen ingredients (like tofu and bean sprouts) and old handyman tools. As an adult, home is where I learned to be a steward, host and engineer. Home becomes part of one's soul.

Nov. 22 2010 09:55 AM
Martha R from Denver, CO

To me, home is coming home to a house full of people and smelling the wonderful food that is being cooked from scratch, the homemade bread, the gravy, the green chili, and having a wonderful time with family and friends.

Nov. 22 2010 09:53 AM
PCG from FH

Home is my husband and son. Our laughter and silliness, we make any place we live together a home.

We lost our house earlier this year. It was a sad experience, to leave the place we'd been happy and made so many memories. But now, 6 months later the apt we live in is definitely home.

Nov. 22 2010 09:09 AM
Mike from Jackson Heights

It's way cluttered. But it's OUR clutter. Everythings in it's place...

Nov. 22 2010 07:23 AM

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