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First Maharishi Vastu home built according to 'small house movement' principles
by Global Good News staff writer
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21 August 2012
The 'small house' movement has become quite popular in recent years, explained Jon Lipman, architect and director of Fortune-Creating Buildings.
Advocates of the small house movement place emphasis on living simply and economically. The movement was formed in reaction to the 'McMansions' and oversized homes that became popular in the United States.
For the first time, a house has been designed according to principles of both the small house movement and Maharishi Vastu architecture, which places emphasis on design in alignment with natural law.
This house, which is only 260 square feet or about 28 square metres, was built and designed by a father-son team based in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The son, Christian Hoffman, is a graduate of Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, both in Fairfield.
According to Mr Lipman, Christian 'wanted to begin his career by doing something to make Maharishi Vastu available to the people'.
Christian's father, Eric Hoffman, is a master carpenter, so the two of them, with the assistance of Jon Lipman and Fortune-Creating Buildings, designed and then built themselves the first tiny Maharishi Vastu home.
The small structure has the design elements of a traditional Vastu home, which are implemented in order to use the surroundings, especially the location of the sun, to create maximum coherence and positivity for its residents. In addition, the home is designed to maximize the use of space.
Included in the small house are a fully-equipped kitchen, full bath, storage space and wardrobe, and a separate loft space for sleeping.
Mr Lipman mentioned that, even with beautiful finishing like wood inside, shingles outside, and granite countertops, the house will sell for around US$30,000.
He added, 'In spite of the tiny size and very low price, it actually is quite livable for one person.'
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