Energy costs today are running rampant. Taxes have literally gone through the roof. People are finally beginning to say enough is enough. So how do we stop this runaway train that housing has turned into? To find the answer to this pressing question we must first look at what led our society down this devastating path in the first place. This requires looking back into how homes have been defined through the ages.
Throughout time, homes can be divided into two categories. The first is that of everyman, and the second is that of the gentry, or upper class. For a long time the homes of everyman were built to meager standards. They contained just enough space for the everyday needs of the family. There was a kitchen area which many times was combined with a dining space. There was typically a small bit of extra space which could be used for sitting and passing the time reading, doing chores, or craftwork of some sort.
The “bedrooms” were typically no more than a sleeping bunk or loft set off of this main area. In some cases, the parents’ bunk would be downstairs and separated from the common area by a simple curtain. The children would then sleep upstairs in the loft. Everyman didn’t own the amount of clothing that we worry with today. This means that there usually was no need for closets to store them in. A simple chest of drawers could hold what was needed.
Through the ages however the upper class has had a different notion of what a home should be. These homes have included all sorts of elaborate rooms such as music rooms, parlors, formal dining rooms, multiple guest rooms, and many more. Nowadays, when one looks at homes of the middle and even lower class families in America, it is easy to see the influence that the homes of the gentry have played. It has become common place for many homes to now have a great deal of excess space.