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The Big Tiny, by Dee Williams.

Tiny Houses

The tiny house movement is blowing up! Sizes of American houses have been on the rise for decades, and the tiny house movement is in the oppposite direction. Most houses are under 1,000 sqare feet, but still retain all the amenities of a large home. Check out the books below to learn more.


Amazon Says: Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was more...
Amazon Says: Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing. Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life. less...
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Amazon Says: There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays -- many people are rethinking their id more...
Amazon Says: There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays -- many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter -- seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home. In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses. There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency. At the heart of our 1973 book Shelter were drawings of 5 small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one's own home. Now, almost 40 years later, there's a growing tiny house movement all over the world -- which we've been tracking over the past two years. Many people have decided to scale back, to get by with less stuff, to live in smaller homes. You can buy a   ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building "inlaw" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. There are numerous blogs and websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny homes, documented here. If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration here. Here's a different approach, a 180º turn from increasing consumption. Here are builders, designers, architects (no less), dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands. less...
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Amazon Says: Creative inspiration and expert advice for anyone considering a home remodel more...
Amazon Says: Creative inspiration and expert advice for anyone considering a home remodel less...
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The Smaller Home by Dan Sater
Amazon Says: The Smaller Home offers interesting new ways of thinking about the home. Innovative and efficient use of space can make living easier, more economical, and more enjoyable. The more...
Amazon Says: The Smaller Home offers interesting new ways of thinking about the home. Innovative and efficient use of space can make living easier, more economical, and more enjoyable. The Smaller Home includes the latest ideas for layout options, flow patterns, space conversions, creative storage, and putting technology to work. It is a useful and imaginative guide for making the most out of less space without compromising comfort, convenience, or style. less...
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Small+Modern+Urban=Home by Aitana Lleonard
Amazon Says: New and practical solutions to make small homes appear larger, while still allowing style, comfort, and functionalitySmall + Modern + Urban = Home features new and imaginative more...
Amazon Says: New and practical solutions to make small homes appear larger, while still allowing style, comfort, and functionalitySmall + Modern + Urban = Home features new and imaginative ways to save space and money—from taking advantage of high ceilings to designing special, multifunctional furniture—and advice from world class architects who offer ingenious space solutions. This book features a selection of modern apartments, lofts, duplexes, and studio flats that will surprise you with their creative concepts, new design ideas, and endless possibilities for small home living. less...
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Amazon Says: A world-renowned design authority shows how to make the most of every square foot. Praise for the previous edition: Lavishly illustrated, it makes living, coo more...
Amazon Says: A world-renowned design authority shows how to make the most of every square foot. Praise for the previous edition: Lavishly illustrated, it makes living, cooking, entertaining, working and sleeping in less than 1,000 square feet easy and even desirable. --Chicago Life Packed with myriad possibilities on how small scale can still contain big style. --Chicago Tribune Whether motivated by soaring energy costs, smaller families or the desire to live more simply, homeowners are abandoning "McMansions" for smaller housing. In How to Live in Small Spaces, Terence Conran explains that what's paramount to livability is not the square footage you have, but how you divide it. In this comprehensive, full-color book, Conran tackles the many challenges posed by small spaces. Chapters cover storage, bedrooms, children's rooms, lighting, extension and much more. "Assessing your needs" checklists and "Points to consider" sidebars add valuable ideas. Six case studies conclude the book with excellent examples of great designs. First published in 2002, Conran brings the book up to date by incorporating the latest technological and design innovations in space-saving furniture, fixtures, décor trends and construction. He offers practical design advice on exploiting every inch of space, such as: Using fold-down and pull-out features Buying slimline appliances Installing indoor portholes and windows Lessening the impact of furniture Using scale and proportion to advantage Manipulating color, texture and pattern Using screens, partitions and platforms Improving circulation paths. Terence Conran doesn't lose sight of the challenges posed by small spaces and the ingenuity and compromises they demand. He shows how easy it is to create a home whose comfort is not dependent on size, but on efficiency and design integrity. less...
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