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Strange and marginally helpful
on July 29, 2012
The book starts off on a rant. OK. A lot of such books do. He then gives only the most sketchy details about how to build your own tiny house, before turning the end of the book into nothing more than a catalog for his products. Many of which violate the fundamental design principles he laid down in earlier sections. While his design advice is helpful, his own designs seem unnecesarily closed off. I'm certain much better design is possible within the parameters of the trailer regulations.
He talks about making use of the vernacular architecture, then makes a travesty of the Romanichal Vardo. The Vardo evolved for more than a century in exactly the context of Mr. Shafer's tiny houses. On wheels. So ignoring the lessons of the Vardo is foolhardy at best. All-in-all, I would say this is really only good as a coffee table book. Not so much for someone who really wants to build their own tiny house on wheels.