|Three chairs - "one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society".|
Why do people desire larger houses? Can't a person entertain guests in a Walden Pond-like 150 square foot tiny home?
One of the reasons many who love big houses give for wanting the large interior space of a boutique hotel is to entertain and have room for guests.
Gleaning comments from our post on Average House Size By Country (NBA's most viewed post ever) I came up with the following:
"I want to have space for people to visit and stay, and space to host bigger parties and events."
"I like having separate bedrooms and bathrooms for guests."
"I like having friends and family stay with me."
"What I am really looking forward to is the luxury that we will be able to host guests comfortably. We can now host exchange students, and know that any visiting friends with children, or our elderly relatives will be more comfortable during their stay. They can recuperate from socialising in their own room rather than being confined to the living room or one of the children's bedrooms."
Although I admire the generosity of wanting to be a gracious host, I don't entirely understand what lots of room has to do with it unless you have an urge to be an innkeeper. What ever happened to sleeping on an air mattress on the floor?
In the tiny space of my home there is no hazard of losing guests. Everyone can hear anything more than a discreetly camouflaged fart regardless of where they are, making any visit a very sociable affair.
You can't run, or hide. If you come here, we WILL be visiting, which in my view, is the whole reason for guests in the first place.
Henry David Thoreau didn't like big houses for a variety of reasons, including their influence on social interactions. He thought that small houses fostered more rousing visits.
"I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up.
It is surprising how many great men and women a small house will contain. I have had twenty-five or thirty souls, with their bodies, at once under my roof, and yet we often parted without being aware that we had come very near to one another."
If Thoreau's 150 square feet can host 25 or 30 souls, I imagine my small home could fit over 100 comfortably. Granted, sleeping space, if needed, would be at a premium.