Walden Thoreau

“As for a Shelter, I will not deny that this is now a necessary of life, though there are instances of men having done without it for long periods in colder countries than this.”

“Most men appear never to have considered what a house IS, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have.”

Walden talks about life and how people live differently than others based upon their wealth and desires. Some people are wealthier and choose to live more luxuriously than others. When Walden talks about what is “necessarily of life”, he highlights the aspects of life in which we need to survive in the most minimalist ways possible. These aspects are Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel. “The grand necessity, then, for our bodies, is to keep warm, to keep the vital heat in us.”

Throughout the reading, Walden talks about how he was able to build a home himself for as little as $28. I’m constantly wondering about the downsizing of homes and why people need such large spaces to reside in. I’m interested in the homes that people build that challenge ordinary peoples needs and desires. I’m interested in seeing how small we can reduce our living spaces.


This article talks about the legitimacy of tiny homes and the challenges people face trying to reside in them. I agree that we can build homes that are cost efficient but there’s always going to be fees and permissions required in today’s society. In the following video Alexis and Kai discuss the issues and challenges that people building these tiny homes face in today’s society.

Mackenzie Connor


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