Most of the built environment in North America has been constructed since the end of World War II, and almost all of it has been low density horizontal suburban development. As we run into trouble with the economy and various external constraints we’re not going to be able to rebuild our towns and cities along radically different lines any time soon. We’re going to have to retrofit what we already have – and we’ll need to do it on the cheap. In some places we’ll do this voluntarily and enjoy the process and results. In other places we’ll go down kicking and screaming. Here’s an example of a comfortable suburban home that’s been modified in simple inexpensive ways. This home demonstrates the primary difference between a house as a center of consumption vs. a house as a center of production.
Check out Rishi Kumar’s website: thegrowinghome.net