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880 Square Foot House

Title: The 880 Square Foot House: A Small Residential Design That Transforms to Accommodate Multiple Household Types.
Name(s): Kautz, Adrianne Wimberley, author
Wiedegreen, Eric A., professor directing thesis
Ransdell, Marlo, committee member
Waxman, Lisa K., committee member
Department of Interior Design, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There exist a multitude of problems within the United States housing market. First is a lack of affordability. Forty-two percent of Americans cannot afford to purchase a home (Savage, 2009). Many households devote more than 50% of their income to paying for housing (Quigley & Raphael, 2004). Also, families with lower incomes will pay a higher rate of interest to purchase a residence (O'Hara & Short, 2008). Second is a lack of suitability. Residences often fail to meet the needs of their occupants because they are built by developers from stock plans designed for an old version of America: post-World War II households, which were young and white with a housekeeping mother, a working father, and three children (Hayden, 2002). This outdated vision of American life does not represent the present reality of our diverse society. The ideal home is one built with the occupants' needs in mind and as a direct reflection of their lifestyle (Kicklighter & Kicklighter, 2005). However, only 30% of housing units started in 2009 were built specifically for the occupant, either by the owner themselves or by a contractor (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). Finally, the size and development patterns of American homes are not sustainable. Since 1940, the average number of people living in an American home has dropped significantly, but the average size of new houses has doubled (Wilson & Boehland, 2005). These large homes are built in a low-density pattern that creates sprawl and car dependency (Meredith, 2003). Between 1945 and 2002, urban land area increased two times faster than population growth (Lubowski, Vesterby, Bucholtz, Baez, & Roberts, 2006). The pattern of building large homes at low densities will be unsustainable in the future due to population increases, energy consumption and natural resource depletion. The design solution proposes an 880 square foot home that addresses the problems of suitability, affordability, and sustainability. The residence includes integrated flexibility that allows it to adapt to meet the needs of every household type that could occupy it. The small size creates a sustainable prototype, allowing more homes to be built on a smaller footprint. The size also makes the home more affordable, thereby making ownership a possibility for more people. The flexible features of the interior will allow for customization to occur over time and for each user's needs. This thesis project challenges the current pattern of the American home, and proposes a new residential solution that will solve the problems of affordability, suitability and sustainability inherent within our housing market.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3285 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Visual Arts, Theater and Dance in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Fine Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: June 30, 2011.
Keywords: Housing, Homeownership, Housing Affordability, Housing Availability, Housing Sustainability, Housing Suitability, Workforce Housing, Housing Diversity, Housing Flexibility, Flexible Design, User Driven Design, Small House, Not So Big House
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Eric A. Wiedegreen, Professor Directing Thesis; Marlo Ransdell, Committee Member; Lisa K. Waxman, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Interior architecture
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