SHED (Sustainable, Healthy, Economical Dwelling)
We believe that tiny is as tiny does and so cannot be defined by square footage, a roof and some wheels. We prefer to measure our success in the mission of tiny using the concepts of SHED.
SHED is a direct response to consumerism. Some will recognize our philosophy as the core tenants of triple-bottom-line economics. However, we feel SHED applies to structure and method in equal parts.
Let's for a moment forget that we are talking about an acronym. As a noun, shed describes a simple building for storage or work. As a verb, shed can be construed as the action of molting the old, discarding the unnecessary and the refusal to absorb the new beyond a reasonable point. When both of those definitions are combined, it is a notion of a place and a nature that is working at peak functional efficiency. Functional efficiency may not sound terribly sexy, but we believe that it is the strongest, most liberating place for humans and nature.
As an acronym SHED breaks down to these four elements: Sustainable, Healthy, Economical, Dwelling. Each element scaffolds the next.
able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
"sustainable fusion reactions"
able to be upheld or defended.
"sustainable definitions of good educational practice"
A life that is truly sustainable can be maintained and upheld. A building scale and use of space that meets an occupant's needs and reasonable wants while supporting the surrounding environ, ecology and community is arguably the most sustainable of things.
in good health.
"I feel fit and healthy"
(of a part of the body) not diseased.
indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health.
"a healthy appetite"
When a space that promotes the vitality of mind, body, and spirit can be truly described as healthy. It implies a sustainability of person and place.
- avoiding waste or extravagance; thrifty:
"an economical meal; an economical use of interior space."
We do not interpret this word in the superficial vein of affordability. We like that this definition cleverly avoids the singular notion of currency, and includes all resource efficiencies. A space that uses resources efficiently and is efficient in its operation for a person is sustainable and healthy as a matter of course. Spaces that are affordable are not necessarily sustainable or healthy.
- a building or place of shelter to live in; place of residence; abode; home.
verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwell·ing.
to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
to live or continue in a given condition or state:
"to dwell in happiness."
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon ):
"to dwell on a particular point in an argument."
A space or place that is sustainable, healthy and economical is a place where a person can stay, reside, linger upon. It is a place any person would happily describe as home.
When we think tiny we are thinking about the small things we can do as humans to improve our lives. It's a quantifiable state that sometimes points to living smaller and gentler lives within our 2500 square foot home.