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Little House on a Small Planet, 2nd: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities Paperback – December 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 2 Original edition (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599217953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599217956
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone who sleeps indoors and cares about the world will find something of interest inside."--Carol Venolia, Eco-architect, Natural Home & Garden columnist, and EcoDwelling faculty member at New College of California

"I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone who has ever dreamed of getting off the mortgage rat race and creating not just a house, but a cozy nest that fits--this is the book! Every page is an inspiration, filled with real-life stories and lessons learned on creating better, more affordable, sustainable, and very personalized housing. There is something here that will fit nearly every lifestyle. For those who want to live in a better way: Read this book!"--Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide and Simple Loving, and publisher of Simple Living Oasis

"Salomon offers the savviest plan I've read for figuring out what house you really need. . . . her questions have forced me to rethink so much." --Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press

Little House on a Small Planet is the emergency user’s guide needed by humanity at this moment of global environmental crisis.”—Gregory Paul Johnson, President of the Small House Society

“The photographs alone are worth the price of this book. . . . [The] writing is clear, enjoyable, and inspiring.”—Jack Challem, the “Nutrition Reporter” and the best-selling author of Syndrome X

 


 


 


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The essential guidebook to planning, building, renovating, and inhabiting an ecofriendly small house

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone who has ever dreamed of getting off the mortgage rat race and creating not just a house, but a cozy nest that fits—this is the book! Every page is an inspiration. . . . There is something here that will fit nearly every lifestyle.”
—Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide


“Salomon offers the savviest plan I’ve read for figuring out what house you really need. . . . Her questions have forced me to rethink so much.”
—Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press


“Little House on a Small Planet is the emergency user’s guide needed by humanity at this moment of global environmental crisis.”
—Gregory Paul Johnson, President of the Small House Society


“The photographs alone are worth the price of this book. . . . [The] writing is clear, enjoyable, and inspiring.”
—Jack Challem, best-selling author of Syndrome X

Little House on a Small Planet is a guidebook and an invitation. With floor plans, photographs, advice, and anecdotes, this unique book asks and answers, “What fills a home when the excess is cut away, and how do we get there from here?”

You’ll discover how to:


 • Build, remodel, redecorate, or just rethink your needs
 • Think, sometimes literally, outside the box
 • Live close and simple
 • Apply spiritual and social solutions to your material desires


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There aren't a lot of pictures but the concepts in this book are well thought out and really make you stop and think.
Stephanie
If you are looking at how to make some of the goals of the tiny house movement work for you at where you are in your life right now, this is the book for you.
Rain
The book also provides the stories of real people who live in small homes -- something conspicuously missing from almost all home books.
Oregon Farm Mama

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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Oregon Farm Mama on November 7, 2010
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I am not a professional architect or a builder, but my husband and I have a passion for small, sustainable dwellings. We were blessed to have the opportunity to buy bare land to farm, which allowed us to live our dream of building our own small home (600 sq ft) and an even smaller guest cabin (196 sq ft). Along the way to realizing our dream, we read a ton of books about small and sustainable home design. Many of the books we encountered with "small" or "green" in the title turn out to be something else completely: fancy photo books featuring expensive not-very-small custom homes. Maybe the homes are passive solar and energy efficient once they are built, but they are not very thoughtful beyond that -- they don't seem to question our society's notions about comfort, necessary spaces, and how we live in our homes in general.

"Little House on a Small Planet," on the other hand, addresses ALL of these things. It isn't a book full of glossy photos and floor plans -- instead it's full of thoughtful text (and many interesting photos too) asking us to consider what we really NEED in a home. What about home feeds our soul and makes us truly happy and content: Is it having as much space as possible? Or, is it having the RIGHT spaces?

It comes at the question of what we need in a home from different angles, including things rarely discussed, such as how the size and layout of a space affects our interactions and relationships with our family members. It also brings up the important topic of embodied energy and questions whether new 'green' homes are any better for the world than preserving and maintaining older, smaller homes.

The book also provides the stories of real people who live in small homes -- something conspicuously missing from almost all home books.
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Andre C. Foti on January 19, 2010
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What this book is not -
It is not a book of low square foot home plans
It is not a book on how to build anything
It is not a book that tells you must live in a tiny little eco-pod or you are a bad person

Primarily it is a series of interviews of people who have chosen to live in less space, with less stuff, so that they can concentrate on what is most important to them; raising children, working fewer hours, dedicating their lives to a vocation, art or belief...

Through simple yet effective exercises it helps you to determine what strategies might work for you to live in less space with fewer possessions, using less energy and creating a smaller ecological footprint.

It offers advice on building new, renovating old, or living in a completely non-traditional way - such as a tiny house on wheels or in a tipi.

If you read this book, and take any of it to heart, you will save money (by spending it on things that are actually important to you)and live better within your own means AND the means of the planet and your fellow humans.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on February 15, 2010
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Even though this book is written for people looking to build or renovate a house, I think it would be a great book for anyone who is looking to simplify their life. There aren't a lot of pictures but the concepts in this book are well thought out and really make you stop and think. As a hippie at heart I am really enjoying this book =)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Arline R. Stone on October 5, 2011
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Interesting. I knew what I was buying because I read the reviews. The stories of why people were living in these sometimes very small "houses" was interesting. A few of the dwelling places were very innovative, some were strange. I live in a house, with my husband that is 985 sq ft. We sold a 2100 sg. ft. house, our dream home, and simplified our lives by buying a very small house on beautiful acreage.
We have our own well, use very little of anything, and only have a 3/4 bath. Friends and family were shocked that we changed our lifestyles so radically, most people cannot imagine that we chose this old Farm and lifestyle, but we did. Making the move had nothing to do with the economy, it has been an adventure. A person can change their lifestyle willingly, even past middle age.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on June 11, 2011
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A great book which inspires me at every page, with stories of real people. Some funky, some hippie, some off grid, some who appreciate historical building, and some just plain sick of McMansion or high intensity apartment life and vote for simplicity and efficiency. A favourite quote - (p98) "I live down the street in a small, old 'reused' house.... it hardly costs me anything to heat and cool. My yard is filled with a giant, productive organic garden. Why is this new house called 'green' and mine isn't?" :-)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Samson on February 24, 2011
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This extraordinary book provides not only case studies from all around North America, [including costs, monthly energy expenses, and profiles of the owners] it goes further by introducing philosophical studies on the zen of living large in a small space, freeing the mind for the pursuit of inner happiness by removing the contemporary stresses of maintaining not only large living spaces but also the 'things' that fill today's mega houses.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By knittymama on August 27, 2011
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Love this book! We're living in an officially 950 sq ft house (cellar doesn't count) by choice. When we first bought it, it was because 950 sq ft was all we could afford but over time we realized that living in a small house changed the way we lived, our values, our relationship. All for the better. Living in a small house has really helped us focus on what's important to us and freed up our time for those things instead of paying for or maintaining a larger house than we need. It has also left us more yard for growing food and flowers. We've now finished our cellar (6'2" ceiling) into more living space (a family summer bedroom so we don't need to use so much energy keeping cool) and a playroom and we find we have a "spare room" that we really don't need.

Reading this book was so validating and encouraging. We agreed with so many of the reasons to live in a little house. We loved reading other people's stories and thoughts. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in living smaller or who is questioning many of the blind decisions we make without really thinking about our values and sources of true contentment.
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