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120 Ideas for Tiny Living [Kindle Edition]

Laura LaVoie
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

120 Ideas for Tiny Living is the story of how one couple downsized their lives to fit into a tiny house measuring only 120 square feet. In this book, author Laura M. LaVoie describes just 120 of the ideas they had to turn their tiny house into a home. Everything from construction to decorating to spending time in the tiny house is explored. If you've ever thought about building or living in a smaller home, this is a great resource for you.


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About the Author

Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer and blogger living in a 120 Square Foot Cabin with her partner, Matt, and their Sphynx cat, Piglet. Laura and Matt built the tiny house with their own hands after researching several types of alternative building techniques including Cordwood Masonry and Earthships. They decided on a small house because the Tiny House Movement matched their values and lifestyle perfectly. They began building the house in the mountains of North Carolina in 2009 and construction took three years as they lived and worked in Atlanta and would travel and build on weekends. Now Laura, Matt, and Piglet live and work in the tiny house full time. Follow their blog Life in 120 Square Feet at www.120squarefeet.com for more about their tiny lifestyle. The tiny house has been featured in Huffington Post, CNN iReport, The Laurel of Asheville and a number of tiny house community websites including the Tumbleweed Tiny House website. When not building or living in a tiny house, Laura enjoys brewing and drinking craft beer and spending time in downtown Asheville, NC.

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  • File Size: 4521 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482724936
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G6ZN4ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book should be your 121st October 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Full Disclosure: I know the author through tiny house affiliations

The tiny house community is rapidly becoming saturated with How To manuals and light reviews of plans and blueprints. There are very few thought that convey the amount of thought, planning, introspection, and reflection that goes into a tiny house lifestyle. LaVoie's book gives a nod to 120 of those thoughts, plans, insights, and reflections. While no one subject is labored or written about in great detail (except maybe their solar system which is detailed and product specific) the book seems to leave no stone unturned. From chapter intros that sound like James Taylor lyrics with their homage to Carolina life to the thoughts about tiny house families, cleaning a litter box in less than 200 sq.ft., and celebrating life through holidays free of televisions, computers, and distractions, 120 Ideas is an affordable and easy read that will present ideas for a fulfilled tiny house life while sparking your mind to come up with the next hundred.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and very helpful! October 29, 2013
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Not only is this book great for people who are interested in tiny living, but it is also wonderful for people like me who struggle to keep the home simple and uncluttered. When you hear about people so joyfully living their lives in such a small space, it really gives you inspiration to make changes on your own, whatever they are.

I highly recommend this book to folks looking to get rid of useless garbage and distractions while at the same time learning to appreciate how great life can be when you keep things simple and learn to appreciate what you have.

Also, I once attended a simple living lecture by the author while at a festival, which was great! She writes just as good as she speaks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I'm inspired! For anyone considering downsizing or simplifying, this is a great overview of what life looks like from the perspective of a tiny home dweller. The author walks you through her tiny home lifestyle, focusing on the why as much as the how of tiny home living. Along the way, she answers questions you might not have thought to ask. I admire her choice to live without plumbing or refrigeration - these are ideas I had not considered prior to reading this book. This is a must-read for tiny house devotees.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction October 31, 2013
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I think that this book about Tiny Living would be an ideal introduction to the subject for someone who wasn't very familiar with it. It provides small, not-very-detailed snippets regarding many aspects of living in a tiny house, as well as many lists just naming some common options for tiny houses (e.g. toilet options, heaters, etc.). The lists especially would be a good starting point for people largely unfamiliar with tiny houses to be able to do further research themselves. If you regularly read Laura's blog, and have read up a lot on the subject of tiny houses, there might not be a whole lot of new information for you in this book - many of the photos, all of the recipes, info about Laura's solar system, etc, all appear on her blog. But! If you do/have done those things, chances are you'll enjoy reading it anyway. Plus, pictures of Piglet! Can't go wrong with photos of adorable kitties.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than "just" about tiny homes! October 28, 2013
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Even though I'm not interested in living in a tiny house I LOVED this book. Yes there are many tips for how you could successfully make the jump to living in a tiny home (in the author's case she and her husband and cat live in 120 square feet!) but of more value to me she gives insight into how living in a tiny home affects her daily life and outlook on life. Many of those insights translate well for anyone looking to live a more intentional well lived life. One where each moment is lived and enjoyed and there is thought behind what is valued and what needs to go by the way side. Very inspirational!

It's a quick read and the 120 tips are well laid out, concise, and easy to understand. There are many photos throughout and I appreciated that. So nice to be able to see what what she was writing about.

Excellent book with lasting value - even if you enjoy living in a not at all tiny home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too good December 24, 2013
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Nothing special in here I'm afraid to say. I wanted to like it, I did, as I enjoy her blog, but this book just didn't do it for me. If you are just getting started in tiny houses, you may enjoy it. If you already live in one, or are already well read on the topic, then there is just nothing here for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple basics... November 12, 2013
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It is nice to know what is really the basics! No plumbing or a refridge but Internet...welcome to modern existence. Fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Learned a few things April 8, 2014
By Shayray
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just received 120 Ideas for Tiny Living in the mail today and it was a little too quick of a read for me. I can tell Laura LaVoie is a talented writer, however there were a few things that I did not care for in the book.

Positives: I found a few things interesting. The artificial wetland was a new concept to me. How the author organized her home was also interesting to read. Types of windows was interesting as the idea that window standard size changes was new info. I also appreciate that the author has a passion for the way of life in which she lives.

Not Positives: The title 120 Ideas for Tiny Living tricked me a bit. I thought it would be 120 useful Ideas, but it was a bit of a jumble. The recipes were not needed, the reflections on the seasons, keeping yourself entertained. I would have liked to see more "Ideas" for designing, building, organizing the tiny house in place of many of the "ideas".

This will be a book I pass on to someone else. Hopefully it will get passed on to many folks so that I will feel that it was worth ordering. I would not recommend it to someone who is looking for a reference book or more solid information.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent practical advice. Very good book.
Published 3 days ago by steve37341
3.0 out of 5 stars Includes some strange content
If I were building a tiny house, I would find this book only moderately helpful. There are some odd things in the list of 120 such as recipes, which area hardly applicable to tiny... Read more
Published 28 days ago by D. S. Helsten
5.0 out of 5 stars You rock
Inspirational ....... that covers it! I'm typically a dog person ( I have 3), but kinda wanting that hairless cat.... :) good book good ideas!
Published 28 days ago by j. penner
3.0 out of 5 stars not much new
I looked forward to receiving my book and opened it right away. then I started reading the "120 ideas" and was profoundly disappointed in the contents. Read more
Published 3 months ago by NMHawki1
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you want to be totally off-grid, permanently located, or...
If you want to be completely off-grid, or if you want to live in the mountains, this is the book for you. If you have a cat, this has helpful ideas. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Natalie Turner-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous insight !
I read this in 1 day! I'm 56, have custody of a young grandson & in process of divorcing husband of 32 yrs. I can't wait to get rid of the big empty 2 story house & go "tiny". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Horsegal 2760
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Simplify that is the essence of a more meaningful awareness of life.After all how much do we really need -space as well as things?
Published 3 months ago by BROWNTEX
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little read
It was very inexpensive and I am hopelessly hooked on Tiny Living. I will probably never live tiny, but the concept is an obsession for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JanneZack
1.0 out of 5 stars only for absolut beginners
if you never heard about tiny houses before, it's a good overview. For all others nothing new inside, sorry to say that.
Published 5 months ago by toczekk
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideas for tiny Living
A lot of excellent ideas I can use in building my tiny house. It also gave me excellent ideas for things to be add both inside & to the surrounding area so I can enjy it more. i
Published 5 months ago by Don Kerr
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