The popular trend of small homes and granny flats built on tiny lots is (forgive us) very big indeed. And with good reason, as this just may be the housing trend of the future.

It should be considered, however, that the establishment of smaller land lots will require major amendments to our national planning laws—which, in their current state, ensure weak use of available space and waste building materials; which can produce elevated CO2 emissions.

Granted, hipped floors and recessed upper floors may look trendy, but that form of design may not make efficient use of building materials.

Younger homeowners want everything faster and easier, and they need maintenance free living. We need more site coverage overall, with onsite detention and rooftop gardens prevailing as the order of the day. The garden concept in general should most literally ‘get off the ground,’ with gardens planted many places on site.

In addition, homeowners at multiresidential developments can share common areas such as courtyards and laundries. And, to take shared living to a dramatic next step, why not even share vehicles or at least share rides? Or, at the very least, encourage the use of bikes and electric vehicles among residents. This will mean less space needed for parking.

With any luck, small lot community living divisions could buy water and energy services in bulk and share savings with inhabitants.

Small lot subdivisions will yield additional lots and—in connection—more cost-efficient home ownership. Property titles can return to Community title or Company title, to ensure optimum and maximum use of space. And that, these days, is everyone’s ultimate goal.