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Ryan Mitchell lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been active in the Tiny House movement for years. You might know him as the main blogger and founder of TheTinyLife.com, a website dedicated to sharing stories of tiny living--whether it's tips for simplifying your life or advice for building your own tiny residence. Because nothing beats one-on-one interactions, Ryan helps people connect with each other through community events at TinyHouseConference.com. Since Ryan built his own tiny house in 2013, he has been able to actively pursue his passions, which include photography, backpacking, and travel. Ryan believes that alternative housing options and sustainable local agriculture are key components to meet the future needs of society.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home (July 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440333165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440333163
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tiny House Living is a treasure trove of information that strikes a healthy balance between imagination/creativity/go-get-‘em and practicality/day-to-day considerations. It is well-written and compiled with great care. I came to this book as a complete newbie and left wanting to join the bandwagon—that’s a lot to accomplish in 173 pages! There are eight chapters with concise, focused titles, such as “Why Choose Voluntary Simplicity?” and “The Path to Living Tiny,” covering just about any topic you could think of regarding a tiny house—from deciding if tiny home living is or isn’t for you, preplanning stages, and preparing to live in a tiny home through construction and living in the home.
This is a book that will appeal to many demographics: those readying for retirement, those wanting to pare down their belongings into a more meaningful and streamlined life, those just starting out in life post-college, those dedicated to living green, those excited by alternative housing and/or repurposed construction, those anticipating a mid-life career or housing change, those interested in cutting expenses, and many others. I love the balance between basic information about zoning and laws, expenses, and reasons for building a tiny house alongside the wonderful interviews and full-color photographs of various people who constructed and/or live in the homes.
Even if living in a small house is not for everyone, the organizational tips alone make this book well-worth a careful read; I began downsizing my clothes closet and donating items (a process I’d been putting off) while reading the author’s suggestions! I love the book’s focus on personal choice and personal change. I found myself sharing excerpts and tips from the text with family and friends.
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I am fascinated with tiny or small house living. This is now one of my favorite books. Great pictures and ideas.

A small or tiny house must be less than 1000 square feet to me, and I favor 650 to 850 square feet. I think that's the first thing to learn ... what constitutes a small or tiny home to you. For me I need a reasonable bedroom, comfortable living room, kitchen with breakfast nock, full bathroom, and ... here's the biggy ... an office. Even if that office is only 9x9, I need it! That meant I needed a minimum of 650 square feet and really 900 square feet could prove excessive. That surprised me. In fact I reevaluated my total space and made several important decisions not only regarding space but things I wanted or needed in my living space.

No, I don't have a small house nor will I be moving any time soon. In fact I have a great old California craftsman that totals nearly 2,000 square feet. But there's only me and my large dog and two cats. And I work and live on the premises. For the first time I realized I could physically afford a roommate.

But the great thing about reading this book and others on small or tiny homes is that I am using my space so much more effectively and green. I've learned a lot. In fact I've redesigned my bedroom, kitchen and bathroom ... next is my office. I was surprised with what small changes I could make and enjoy the space so much more. I questioned why I was keeping furniture that actually didn't suit my habits. For example I have a solid oak school teacher's desk I was thrilled to find 20 years ago. But what do I use it for? Well, I'm not getting rid of it ... my first thought.
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This is a great book. It is not just about building a tiny house, but includes a lot of information about the steps prior to a build, including information on code, where to park, etc. What I find most helpful though is information on downsizing, the psychology of it, the obstacles, the difficulties and the resulting freedom or problems. The profiles of tiny house people and builds are informative - and the pictures are vivid, clear and inspiring. One of the best tiny house books on the market - especially for those of us who are still puzzling out our options and dreams.
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Lots of good pictures, with lots of ideas from the pictures, but too much information about who built them and not enough information describing how they designed their houses and how they made decisions on what square footage to include and what could be done without and why. Each house, however, had only one or two pictures which gave you only a glimpse of the livability. Worth buying for the pictures that were included.
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Good book for learning about the process. I'm still looking for the book that really dives into the issues that come up. I've built 5 large houses, and I know there are plenty of issues with those. I suspect there are just as many trying to scale everything down. It would be nice to find one that talks more about plumbing, electrical, appliances, etc and really provides recommendations or how it can be done better.
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We've purchased many books about tiny houses in preparation for buying our first home, which will be a tiny house. This book is my second favorite. I loved the photos. It's amazing looking at the colorful variety these irreverent little beauties come in. I think there is more character and personality shown in every one of the tiny houses we've seen than in any traditional or loomingly-large house I've ever seen or been in. This book offers a look inside tiny houses, and discussion about the build and life inside a tiny house.
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