In his book Housing the Environmental Imagination, Dr. Peter Quigley writes, ” By being the most prominent extension of the imaginative into the physical realm, houses are full of communication: they are political statements, social commentary, as well as embodied aesthetic projects.”

Yesterday The Boston Globe  published a picture of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s house that just sold in California as well as the new one being built in Massachusetts.  The “old one” was a huge house, over eighteen thousand square feet. New one is down sized. Looks to be only about ten thousand square feet. Statement lost per square foot?

Our house in New Hampshire is around two thousand square feet. It is also old, built in 1840. It is our favorite house of the five we have owned.

I have a great room in which to write. It makes the house full of communication, not to ignore the voices that go back and forth. It is the least intentionally statement oriented house we  have owned, but it is the most successful for producing imagination, whether that be in the garden or at a desk.

4 thoughts on “Houses

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 5, 2014 / 6:36 pm

    I can’t imagine why anyone would need a 10,000 square foot house. I wouldn’t have one even if I could afford it.

    • fictionfitz June 7, 2014 / 10:42 am

      Susan and I have talked about that more than a few times. We don’t know either.

  2. Carole Webber June 8, 2014 / 6:40 am

    I have always lived with a lot of space. I do not think I could adapt to a tiny house or a small room , such as a nursing home environment, May be Tom Brady and his family suffer from the same affliction.

    • fictionfitz June 8, 2014 / 7:09 am

      It is hard for me to imagine Brady in a nursing home. Hopefully, if so, will be seen by a generation not of my own.

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