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Tiny Maharishi Vastu cabin generates big interest
by Global Good News staff writer
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21 August 2012
A newly completed house designed according to Maharishi Vastu architecture has found an interested following and large potential market.
What makes this home uniquely appealing?
Architect Jon Lipman, Director of Fortune-Creating Homes in the United States, explained that in addition to utilizing the natural law–based principles of Maharishi Vastu, which maximize the life-supporting influences of the near and far environment, this new home is part of the small house movement.
The small house movement arose North America, mainly in reaction to the phenomenon of ever-enlarging 'McMansions' built in the United States, and to the global financial crisis.
Small homes are less expensive to build, heat, maintain, and repair. In addition to economic benefits, proponents of the movement often embrace a less cluttered and complicated life, thus reducing their ecological impact.
The small house movement also emphasizes intelligent design over size, often utilizing multi-purpose spaces and design features.
The new Vastu home was built and designed by a father-son team, Eric and Christian Hoffman, with the goal to make the benefits of Maharishi Vastu design available to everyone, regardless of budget. The finished homes are expected to sell for about US$30,000.
'[The Hoffmans'] desire is to start a business in which they manufacture these homes and sell them widely,' Mr Lipman remarked.
To drum up interest, the home was placed on a trailer when it was first unveiled so it could be moved around and shown to people throughout the Hoffmans' hometown of Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
The strategy has worked, and many people have expressed interest in buying or renting one of these small Vastu cabins.
Mr Lipman elaborated, 'Since we made an announcement about this project in early June they have shown the house to hundreds of people in Fairfield, and their website—www.vastucabin.com—has been viewed by over 5,000 people from 84 different countries.'
Mr Lipman concluded that though this is a tiny house, 'yet it has the potential to fill an enormous niche in the United States and around the world.'
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