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Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet Paperback – July 14, 2014
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have bought at least 8 books on the subject of tiny houses and living more simply. This one is my favorite. Great pictures and descriptions of each house. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rebecca Stone
I read this book when I saw it on a friend's coffee table, and I found it to be fascinating. If you are already decided on tiny house living and searching for a technical how-to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by carolinacutie
I got this as a gift. The recipient was very disappointed with the content. They decided to donate it to goodwill within a couple months of receiving it.Published 4 days ago by Moni Moni
I liked the color pictures of various houses for inspiration. This is the main thing I was hoping to see in the book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by A. Garay
Good book. If you need "something in your hands" to read. Otherwise, you can get the same and more info on the internet. Good purchase overall.Published 13 days ago by Stacey Niederhofer
I've been into the tiny house movement after driving tractor trailers over the road, and realizing that I didn't need lots of space to make me happy, just a bed to sleep in,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebekah L. Copeland
What a really informative book and it answered so many questions we had about small homes. Photos showing all forms of creativity when building was a plus!Published 1 month ago by Diane T