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Tiny House, Large LifeTiny House Living distills life down to that which you value most. Free yourself from clutter, mortgages and home maintenance while making more room in everyday life for the important things. Whether you downsize to a 400-square-foot home or simply scale back the amount of stuff you have in your current home, this book shows you how to well with less.Tiny House, Large LifeTiny House Living distills life down to that which you value most. Free yourself from clutter, mortgages and home maintenance while making more room in everyday life for the important things. Whether you downsize to a 400-square-foot home or simply scale back the amount of stuff you have in your current home, this book shows you how to well with less.This book explores the philosophies behind the tiny house movement, helps you determine whether it's a good fit for you, and guides you through the transition to a smaller space. For inspiration, you'll meet tiny house pioneers and hear how they built their dwellings (and their lives) in unconventional, creative and purposeful ways.Everything you need to design a tiny home of your own:• Worksheets and exercises to help you determine your true needs, define personal goals, and develop a tiny house layout that's just right for you• Practical strategies for cutting through clutter and paring down your possessions.• Guidance through the world of building codes and zoning laws.• Design tricks for making the most of every square foot, including multi-function features and ways to maximize vertical space.• Tours of 11 tiny homes and the unique story behind each.Imagine you house help you Live Your Dreams!...

Title : Tiny House Living: Ideas for Building & Living Well in Less than 400 Square Feet
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Tiny House Living: Ideas for Building & Living Well in Less than 400 Square Feet Reviews

  • Forrest
    2019-03-23 16:09

    My wife and I raised our kids (technically, we're still raising one, but he only has a year left at home . . . hopefully) in a small home. Not tiny like the houses in this book, but 1200 feet of finished space for six (sometimes seven, when my brother lived with us for several months). To be fair, we have an unfinished basement, as well, but a lot of people probably think we're crazy for having raised four children in such a small house.We are crazy, but not because of that. Our house has been adequate to our needs. Not ostentatious, and awfully crowded when we have large groups to our place (I think we packed over 30 people in our living room one time). But it works for us.So I saw this at the local library (when I was picking up this book, which I had on hold) and was drawn in by the cover. Yeah, I'm a sucker. I've been sort of following-ish this whole tiny house "movement" and have been interested particularly in how to best utilize space. I figure if a couple can do it on an under-400-square-foot plan, we could do it in our relative mcmansion of 1200 square feet. The book is full of ideas on how to best utilize space, but it's a lot more than that. I found myself a little jealous that I hadn't encountered this concept in my younger days, before buying a house. I could totally see us living in a tiny house like the ones pictured in the book, though we would have had to have bought a second one for the kids. The thing is, the author gets more than a little pedantic about the whole philosophy here. Yes, there are some cool nuggets harking back to the early '90's simple living movement, but this book makes the same mistake that Luhrs' book makes - talking down to the audience. The fact of the matter is that those to whom the book would appeal don't really stand for condescension, being strong-minded, independent, and dare I say, quirky people?There's not much in the way of nuts and bolts here, either. It's really a meditation on what it means to "live tiny," which has it's place. But all I really wanted was to find the best place to stuff my shoes.

  • Jenny's Book Bag
    2019-03-10 09:56

    Tiny House Living This is a great book for anyone interested in learning about tiny house living. Not only does it have great inspirational photos, but it has references to help guide you if you want to buy or build your own tiny house. I loved the questions it had me asking myself. The book gets you to analyze your day-to-day tasks as well as the things you use in your house regularly. By the time I finished reading this book, I immediately started minimizing my possessions and writing down everything I need to do in order to buy my own tiny house in a few years. I'll definitely reread this one.

  • Kerrie
    2019-03-14 16:09

    This is an excellent addition to any tiny house enthusiast's library. Less about construction (not a single floor plan in the book), this lovely tome is all about "living tiny" which is much different from "living in a tiny house." In today's supersized society, where the average size of a house is something like 2400 sq ft (!!!) it takes a serious shift of mindset to comprehend living in such a tiny space. It's not for everyone, that's for sure. But even a quick look around the internet will reveal there are many many people who are sick of the excess and clutter of modern culture and want to get back to the essentials.There is a lot of great information in this book, going to the root of tiny living. What are you needs, and designing the space around that. Because of its tiny size, every square inch counts and therefore every tiny house is absolutely customized to its owner. It's not the one-size-fits-all spec building designed with an eye only towards resale value, but a home. And usually even more personal since many people build their tiny homes themselves. A person who is more of a cook wants more space in the kitchen; a person who is happy eating Hot Pockets will have a toaster oven and call it good and utilize the space taken by a range stove for more lounging area.The author Ryan Mitchell has built his own tiny house and has a tiny house blog which includes all kinds of tips and how-tos for the DIY builder. What he chose to include in this book goes beyond the tiny house picture porn squee, and what I feel is needed information for those who are looking at make the tiny living jump: Laws, Land, and Loans. These 3 things are the major stumbling blocks and obstacles for those seeking the Tiny House Life.Laws: Zoning is not too friendly when it comes to tiny houses, which inhabits a gray area legally. It's sort-of an RV, but not quite. Even though it can be built to International Building Code, it doesn't come anywhere near the minimum size restrictions of a house. However, if they became RVIA certified, then all the laws pertaining to RVs (no year round living) would immediately apply.Land: That damn zoning again. There are efforts being made to create tiny house communities sort of like trailer parks (but looking much classier). But what about those who don't want to live in a community? Land zoned recreational can't be lived on year-round, and living in a tiny house on your plot of recreational land isn't legal in many places. One thing I learned from this book is if you can find some land with a house already on it, then you can park on it legally.Loans: Banks won't give you a loan to build your tiny house because they're not considered an asset and have no resale value. So people who want to build need to pay cash or borrow from family (not recommended!). This requires major budgeting and a financial game plan to get where you want to go.Of course there is some tiny house picture porn squee, accompanied by another great aspect I'm glad Mitchell included: case studies of people (single and couples) and their tiny house, what they ran into and what lessons they took away from the experience. This book contained some reality checks and introduced some aspects I hadn't thought of yet and it was invaluable.This book covers a lot: A dissection of the Bullshit American Dream and how people are waking up to that fact; recognition of the cultural forces that the Tiny House Movement is struggling against (Keeping Up With the Joneses, living by others' definitions of success); self-examination to help you toward tiny living; smart tiny design based on your own customized needs; practical tips of achieving your tiny house dream. I loved it from start to finish. Highly recommended for anyone even slightly interested in "living tiny."

  • Melanie Faith
    2019-03-13 11:01

    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. While there aren’t floor plans in this text—there are plenty of other books that focus solely on floor plans—I cannot think of a single thing this book is missing. The tone is informative and friendly, reminding me of taking a tour with a good friend through the homes. Those interviewed are honest about considerations and drawbacks as well as the great benefits they’ve experienced from living in tiny homes. The three-page appendix of tiny house blogs, builders, books, and websites is fantastically helpful and encouraged me to keep exploring this topic. Kudos, Ryan Mitchell! As a writer myself, I know how much love, passion for subject matter, and dedication goes into compiling such a beautiful book that invites readers back again and again. I’ll surely keep this one handy on my shelf and recommend it to friends.

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-10 13:00

    Not exactly bad, but a little pedantic and repetitive.

  • Angie
    2019-03-21 08:04

    I am on this minimalism path and one day will probably be living in a tiny house of some sort. This book was a great resource. It goes through a lot of what the tiny house movement is about. It is all about freedom from stuff and debt, the ability to be mobile both physically and spiritually, discovering what is really important to you and what you need to do to make that a priority. All of that sounds completely appealing to me. No debt, no crap, freedom to do what you love. There are some really outstanding things in this book. I loved the profiles of people who have gone tiny. They explain why they went tiny and what they learned from it and what tips they have for others. Most built their own tiny houses which seems impossible, but there are builders out there who can build them for you. Ryan Mitchell also talks a lot about land issues and zoning laws and building codes and mortgages. Things you really need to think about if you plan on living tiny full time. This is a great resource and one I would recommend for those thinking about tiny living.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-21 12:03

    I was hoping that this book would contain more about the actual process of building a tiny house, but a lot of the book just went over the movement in general, why people choose to live tiny, and the different things you need to think about in terms of lifestyle changes when it comes to considering living a tinier life. I was already mostly on board with building a tiny house, so I kind of felt like this book was preaching to the choir, but I can see how this book would be good for someone who is skeptical about tiny house living.

  • Kris
    2019-02-28 15:50

    More about the reasons behind living in a tiny house, but not much in the how's. Great pictures, and done really interesting conversions of other things like school buses into tiny homes. Interesting, but not something to read straight through in one sitting.

  • Fullfaun Faun
    2019-02-27 10:54

    great quizzes and stories from lots of people

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-20 15:45

    Nice pictures and some good info. I had hoped it would go into more depth but it's basically a coffee-table book.

  • TrudyKJP
    2019-03-09 13:42

    lots of interesting ideas and the pictures are great

  • Lady Day
    2019-03-05 15:09

    It is a good reference book for individuals interested in the tiny house movement. It contain excellent photos, case studies and some basic building information. Also, the book delves into various reasons why people voluntarily choose to live tiny.It gives an overview of some of the benefits of downsizing. For instance there is a chapter that examines consumer consumption and offer tips for determining what is really needed for daily living. It also cover important tiny house decision-making topics: such as the pitfalls of resale and the pitfalls of wasted space. It also provide other ensightful subjects you will need to know during the planning stage, plus tips for navigating building codes, zoning laws and when to seek expert advice. As previously mentioned each chapter includes a case study. For example, chapter six case study focuses on designing a tiny lifestyle community because a house is only as good as its ability to meet your needs. The case study examines how Lee Pera, Jay Austin and several others built a unique community called Boneyard Studios. Boneyard Studios, a tiny house community in Washington, DC There is not enough room for all your wants, possessions or your crafting hobbies in a tiny house therefore it is important to get out and engage in the world. An important element in eliminating tiny house claustrophobia is networking, outsourcing and connecting within your community.In small spaces every inch matters and you must get the most usage out of every square foot. A section of the book covers tiny house design values. Living tiny can turn your inspirations into results. Although the lifestyle is not for everyone it is another option for modern day living. It is an expression of simple living. It requires giving up space and paring down possessions in order to reach your passions and desires. "I want to be intentional about my freedom--- in choosing it, honoring it, and protecting it. One of the best feelings I know is feeling truly free." KRISTIN ARMSTRONGA tiny house is an extreme leap of faith, although you may not be ready to take that jump, you can take a lot of tiny house ideas and put them into action.

  • steph
    2019-03-02 15:09

    Read this a few days ago and wanted to write a review before I forgot about it. This is a good book. I will admit, I am intrigued by the tiny house movement because by the looks of my current and future salary and the area in which I live (LA but by the beach cities), I will probably not be able to own my own home until I'm close to 40 after saving up enough for a down payment. So I have read some tiny house blogs and watched a documentary about tiny houses but this is my first BOOK about tiny houses. And this one was really well done, I am quite pleased I picked it up. It had different case studies (with plenty of pictures!) of people that live in tiny houses as well as talking about consumer culture in America and why people are now choosing to live tiny (hint: the Great Recession). It had checklists and design plans and a wealth of information on tiny house living. In the back it even has a resource page that lists different books, blogs and websites about tiny house living and the tiny house movement. No I don't think I will live in a tiny houses because the grey area that exist regarding building codes and how tiny houses aren't currently recognized as residential areas (but that may be changing in the next ten years) do worry me. Also once again, I live by the beach and land isn't cheap (or quite honestly doesn't already have been developed!) so unless I move more inland or to a more rural area (which means leaving all my family and friends behind), a tiny house is not in my future. However I do like that the author of this book does point out you don't have to live in a tiny house to live smaller. You can live in a 1200 square foot house instead of a 3000 square foot house, that would be okay too. I liked that he didn't pressure in this book, merely explained all the different aspects that go into tiny house living including both positive and negatives. Well done on all sides.

  • Gremlin
    2019-03-23 13:03

    This is actually a 3.5 - maybe even a 4. A great overview of the topic for folks interested in this alternative living situation. It's less of a strict "How-to" book, and more of a "Why-to." Plenty of captivating photos interspersed with studies/interviews with particular people who've taken the plunge (in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons). Each section has a set of "tips" from that particular person or grouping (which would be great to collect into one mass list).I'm already somewhat obsessed with Tiny Houses, so many of the themes in this book are already things I think about. Still, it's a great study on consumerist trappings vs. living intentionally. And it's got a seriously kickin' list of resources in the back for further study on the topic.The only downside of this book is the larger format - which makes it a little unwieldy to hold (I'm a late-in-bed reader). I'd originally started reading this in ebook format - which worked great for the reading portions - but then transferred to the actual book in order to have a better look at the pictures of each house. Good switch for the pictures, but then the reading layout was less than optimal. *shrug*

  • Kamal
    2019-03-06 09:06

    This book succumbs to its own propaganda in a lot of ways; yet, in my case, it was preaching to the choir. I love the potential of the tiny house movement to complete recreate the way we live, work and play. Like many people who read this kind of book, I am interested in creating my own tiny house. This book is a great place to start because it presents numerous case studies of various types of tiny dwellings and their various owners. Reading this book gave a better idea of how very diverse the movement actually is. The advice given is practical but also theoretical. There is nothing here about the actual construction of a tiny house, yet the most valuable part of the book is it preliminary questionnaires and survey to find out if a tiny house is actually what you want. It was very good to see the various pitfall that people faced (legal, financial, etc.) and how they overcame them. Coupling this book with another that focuses on construction techniques, such as this one, will put you in good shape to build a tiny house of your very own.

  • Therry
    2019-03-24 14:43

    This book was surprising in that it spoke more of the lifestyle choice that is made with tiny house living. I wonder if Mitchell is a nurse, because he spoke of a popular mnemonic on goals/outcomes setting that is part of the nursing process (SMART)... In any case, I was expecting to read about ideas on how to construct your tiny living space. While it provided photos, which spark ideas, Mitchell really hones in on the "living well" part of the title. He discusses the realities and introspection required of living in a small space and acknowledges that this is not for everyone. It was refreshing to read about his appreciation for what tiny living means without being extreme. He reminds the reader of the challenges that may arise in various stages of the tiny home acquisition process. He advocates for living simply and intentionally and to consider how to create and live in a space that is really meant for you. His discussions remind me of minimalism and mindfulness, which I appreciate.

  • Emily Hamm
    2019-03-05 10:48

    I bought this book about a year after discussing the tiny house lifestyle with my friends at a grassroots music and dance festival. I wanted to do more research into how they are built, where people decide to put their homes, how much would it cost to build and maintain, etc. I absolutely love the way this book is laid out! There are eight sections and within each section there is at least one case study on how a couple or person built and how they live in their tiny house. The personal stories break up the informational material and give you actual accounts of people living in their tiny homes. It was great to see how different the tiny houses could be to fit the homeowner's life. I enjoyed this book because it helped answer the question of whether or not I could really proceed with this type of lifestyle. I recommend it to anyone who may be interested in tiny house living or just interested in how people live the tiny house lifestyle. It is definitely an easy and entertaining read.

  • Crystal Hammon
    2019-03-15 15:56

    Ryan Mitchell has done a wonderful job of capturing the ethos of the tiny house movement. Even if you don't want to live in a tiny house, this is a great inspirational read about differentiating between wants and needs and paring down to life's simplest elements. Why have two when one will do? Why answer to "The Man" when you can choose a career that fulfills you? Why be a slave to a mortgage when you can live without the stress? Mitchell had several good strategies for people who simply want to reduce the clutter and decide what stays and goes. He also includes an exhaustive bibliography of tiny house resources for people who are serious about building a tiny house.A little too much "pie in the sky" and philosophical at times, but that was balanced by some really valuable ideas about how to organize space and how to make your existing small home suit your needs better.

  • Jeff Zell
    2019-03-18 07:45

    What is a tiny home? Usually a home that is 425 square feet or less. It is usually built on a trailer. However, it looks and feels like a real home except that it is small. The many color pictures of exterior and interior of tiny homes helps the reader know what the possibilities are. The author presents a number of case studies of people who decide for any number of reasons to live in a small home. Tiny homes are occupied by singles, couples, and families. The reasons that people choose to live in a tiny home vary. Cost, mobility, focusing on relationships and community are the primary reasons. People who choose to live in tiny homes have a critical relationship with material goods and our current ideas of success as "bigger and more." Fascinating and engaging read!

  • Kim Hooper
    2019-03-18 13:45

    This is a great book for anyone interested in the Tiny House movement, or anyone interested in just simplifying life and focusing on what really matters. While I don't plan to move into a tiny house any time soon, I've been paring down my belongings in our current 1,000-ish square-foot house and it's been incredibly freeing. This book is very informative AND inspirational. I loved all the individual stories of people who have chosen a tiny house lifestyle. And I loved how it encouraged me to step back and think about how I spend my time and what I want to do with my life in the bigger picture. Note: This isn't a detailed how-to guide by any means, but it includes several recommendations of books that do serve that purpose.

  • Caro
    2019-03-03 07:56

    This was an interesting book. I admit I didn't quite read this completely, but I did read most of it. This was something that just happened to catch my eye at the library so I went ahead and checked it out. It was surprising good and very informative. There were great pictures, some tips, a good intro (especially since I didn't know anything about it previously), and definitely got me interested. This is something I might check out again if I need a recap and would be more likely to do/get this kind of thing. It definitely got me interested though and gave some good advice about simplifying. I put this in my mental more-info pile to come back to or learn more about. Pretty good and definitely gives you the heads-up for what you would need to look into. Enjoy

  • Cathy
    2019-03-07 07:51

    Unlike most of the Tiny House books I have read recently, this one really has some substance. It is much more than nice pictures to look at. The case studies really make you think about the reality of tiny living and the sections from the designer's and the architect's perspective bring a professional light on the seemly good ideas and good intentions of many first time builders. The photos are interesting and helpful. My only complaint is that the font is incredibly hard to read. I think it must be sized to 6 point as well as a light print as well. It is about the size of the "small print" in advertisements. All in all, great content, poor presentation.

  • Karen
    2019-03-10 09:54

    Interesting book introducing the concept of living in tiny homes (about 400 sq ft) with some case studies from real people explaining why and how they did it. Full of nice photos. Sorry I only had time to skim it; it was in high demand and the library and could not be renewed. The gist of the idea is that people let all their stuff dictate how big a house they need, and often the amount of stuff is a double whammy, driving them into debt with all those purchases, and then increasing their housing costs too. This is a good lesson for all of u. Even if we don't act on the small house idea, living within your means is always wise advice.

  • Candy
    2019-03-24 09:54

    While this book is more "modern", Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities by Shay Salomon is still my favorite on the subject of small house living. Maybe someone can help me with this question that I was left with at the end of the book- Why are they building little houses on trailers, when you can just buy a trailer or an RV and not have to "reinvent the wheel"? Is it a cost issue, or wanting to make it "unique"- I'm just not getting the "why".

  • James Eckman
    2019-03-10 07:53

    This is not a DIY book, it's more of a philosophy and inspiration book. It covers many of the personal and community issues of building and living in a house of 400 square feet or less along with stories from builders and residents. I like the consume less, live cheaply life style and I'm glad that there are more folk following this path. Lots of links in the back of the book. Couple of interesting points, more than half of the builders are woman, and 400 square feet is an average apartment in Tokyo so tiny is a cultural perspective.

  • Leah
    2019-03-16 15:59

    An excellent introduction to tiny living and the Tiny House Movement. I've been dreaming about my own tiny house for over five years and Tiny House Living provided an offline resource to inform, motivate and inspire the action needed to fulfill that dream. The tiny house profiles included origin stories, beautiful color photographs, and even a few tips from each tiny house owner-builder and/or designer. A section for additional resources at the end of the book will help on the neverending quest for more information and ideas.4 stars

  • Laura
    2019-03-15 10:54

    I was looking for ways to pare down, but not necessarily live tiny. This book really focuses on the tiny house movement. It mainly deals with the philosophy behind it, and includes quizzes and questions you should ask yourself. It raises a lot of issues, like building codes and inspections, that tv shows don't really get into.There were a lot of photos, and the backstories were interesting. I did get some ideas from this book. If you like the show Tiny House Nation or the others like it that have been popping up, this might be worth checking out.

  • Young-In Soh
    2019-03-25 14:06

    This book was an easy read, but at times I felt like the author of the book was trying too hard to sell the "tiny house movement." It had a lot of good insight, but not a lot of "real time" advice that I had kind of expected in regards to actually getting your hands dirty and building it. I think it is a good book to start with your journey if this is something you really consider would be an option that would add to your lifestyle and not take away from it.

  • Barb
    2019-03-26 11:46

    This is a book on tiny/small house living that I would definitely recommend to someone new to the idea. It does a good job of conveying many aspects that are freeing (finances, housing related work, little room or energy for things) as well as aspects that can be challenging (regulations, privacy concerns, room for space intensive activities). There are a few tangential topics, but overall a solid intro with nice pictures and a good set of urls at the end.

  • Jess Dollar
    2019-03-12 14:42

    I want a tiny house some day. Of course a tiny house for me would have to be a bit bigger than for most seeing as how I have 7 freaking people in my family. But still...tiny house. No mortgage, no clutter, no excess. There were lots of great pictures of other people's tiny houses in the this book and some good discussion of why people choose to build tiny houses. This is definitely a movement I want to see continue to grow.