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Tiny Book of Tiny Houses Hardcover – September 1, 1993


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover; Rei Gft edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879515104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879515102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By James Yount on May 9, 2001
Don't expect a tiny book to be more than its cover suggests. Lester Walker is the author of the large and comprehensive book "American Shelter". He has also penned several small books that speak to his own heart including "The Tiny Book of Tiny Houses" (reviewed here) and "Tiny, Tiny Houses." Don't confuse the two, they are each QUITE unique, though both focus on Walker's true love: small dwellings. His architecture business specializes in the design of wee homes. He is a winner of House Beautiful's annual award for design for "Best Small House." I share Walker's bias for little dwellings units, having studied the subject in some detail for my "Minicabin Website" ([...]
The Tiny Book of Tiny Houses is 6 1/2" by 5 1/2", and has just ninety-five pages with big print. There are many photographs (a lot of these by the author), and many of the line drawings that Walker does so well. This book is NOT a plan book or a "how to "book. It is intended to inspire readers to build their own tiny dwellings, and to show (by example) how other people have gone about this rewarding task. Mr. Walker makes the point, and rightly so, that building a tiny house is easy enough that most people can do it.
Many of Walker's ddrawings show the furniture arrangements of the little houses. I found this feature of special interest. With tiny houses (or "Minicabins") thrifty use of space, through arrangement of what is IN that space, can make a large difference in comfort.
Walker presents seventeen mini marvels, ranging in size from 124 square feet (the "Frontier Cabin") to 26 square feet ("Poetry House", a converted privey!).
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2000
Lester's books are very nice, but he has one set of houses which he recycles in each book -- right down to the detail pictures. If you already have one of his books you've already seen everything he has to offer in this one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Raabe on April 23, 1998
This book is a great visual treat. It shows you how people can live in very small places. It got me to build a 10' x 14' "teenager's cottage" with my two sons. We had a great time, spent about $1400 and now have a get-a-way in the woods.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By heydavid@edge.net on August 10, 1999
When I was growing up, we had a similar hideway called a shack and my dad dragged it from house to house for us as we moved around. Club houses and the like have always been special to us. This little book not only revisits the nostalgia, but instills creativity and provides a means of happiness in an otherwise monotanous world. I've already built one tiny house and plan on building/designing more. You'll enjoy this little book!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2003
Since I have bought a number of books on small abodes this was one that appealed to me. However it isn't really a book that someone who is serious about getting design and simply living ideas may find of interest.
We live in a small home (900 sq. ft 1800's cottage) by California standards and are designing an equally small newer home geared for us as we age.
But it is charming and charming books belong in my life.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2003
I recently bought a very small house, approx. 600 sq ft including the cellar. I'm inspired by the tiny living spaces in which many people have lived throughout the century. This book definitely gave me some creative ideas on how to utilize the space that I have. Small houses are practicle, efficient, and economical.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. Hayes on October 17, 2000
I was hoping to see some houses maybe from 200 to 800 square feet. It seems like these are more like "Tiny Shacks" ...closer to 100 square feet, mostly without plumbing. Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm thinking this is a disapointment.
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