Eyesore of the week
|By Amanda Harrell-Seyburn|
312 Mifflin Ave., Lansing
Property: 312 Mifflin Ave., Lansing
Owner: Entrust IRA #336
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
Drive by 312 Mifflin
— Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Living small and reducing your home’s footprint is the best way to live large, environmentally speaking. Join the movement that thousands have embraced and live in a structure less than 800 square feet. You can buy house plans and build your own or get a prefabricated one. Better yet — do the most environmentally responsible thing and renovate an existing one. Located on a street of model residences on Lansing’s east side, 312 Mifflin Ave., at a mere 700 square feet, is absolutely minute and the perfect opportunity. Adding a porch would be a great way to improve the exterior facade and create an outdoor room — an essential feature of a small house.
Less is more. By reducing your home’s footprint, you not only reduce the impact on the environment, but also the strain on your pocket book. Smaller living inherently restricts the accumulation of material goods. You simply need less — furniture, clothes, clutter. There are also smaller energy costs and insurance. Living smaller gives you the opportunity to invest in higher quality items.