Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The 80/20 house

"You might even want to use the Pareto principal, also known as the 80-20 rule, to help guide your decisions. This simple rule says that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So instead of building 100% of a house to fulfill 100% of the functionality, build 20% of the house and get 80% of the functionality. This is a pretty smart approach because we usually only use a small portion of a large home’s functionality but it will always costs at least 100% or our time, money, and energy. So some functions might need to be left out of the design because their value doesn’t offset their cost." -Michael Janzen June 2009 Small Living Journal


Cookie said...

I just had to visit your blog after your comment on Dawn's because I said so blog :)

Does this post mean I only have to clean 20% of my house???

Homemaker Ang said...


ice has now melted. BUT i will tell you our neighbors ice house still is FULL and freezing! we are going to invest in more insultation. We still get to get ice from them as we all did this as a community effort :)

Walter Jeffries said...

Interesting. I wrote an article way back in the distant mists of time in the 1990's about the "80% Solution". Very much the same idea. It's an important concept as is the converse of over engineering.

Have a happy new years eve!


in Vermont

PS. Yes, good electronic is just as good as the good acoustic and a heck of a lot better than the old upright from whence came the harp.