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Comprehensive Guide to the Best Tiny House Books

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Whether you’re a tiny house novice, a seasoned tiny house dweller, or are simply interested in the tiny house movement, there are many best tiny books out there you might want to check out. Tiny house books discuss a variety of topics, ranging from tiny house inspiration, design, and building plans to useful tips on embracing the minimalist lifestyle.

They fall under several categories, including memoirs/stories, beginner’s guides, minimalism, informational/how-to guides, inspiration/design, and tiny house building plans. This article presents the best books for your tiny house education.

If you know of any additional tiny house books or guides our readers might find interesting, please contact us so we can include them here.

Whether you’re a tiny house novice, a seasoned tiny house dweller, or are simply interested in the tiny house movement, there are many useful books out there you might want to check out. Tiny house books discuss a variety of topics, ranging from tiny house inspiration, design, and building plans to useful tips on embracing the minimalist lifestyle.

They fall under several categories, including memoirs/stories, beginner’s guides, minimalism, informational/how-to guides, inspiration/design, and tiny house building plans. This article presents the best books for your tiny house education.

If you know of any additional tiny house books or guides our readers might find interesting, please contact us so we can include them here.

MEMOIR/STORIES

Tiny house memoirs bring inspiration to the reader. Reading personal stories on the joys, struggles, and commitment on tiny house living is entertaining as well as enlightening. Let the author’s story inspire you to take the leap!

MEMOIR/STORIES

Tiny house memoirs bring inspiration to the reader. Reading personal stories on the joys, struggles, and commitment on tiny house living is entertaining as well as enlightening. Let the author’s story inspire you to take the leap!

The Big Tiny by Dee Williams

The book The Big Tiny by Dee Williams talks about changing your life and what is the essence of having a home. Dee was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, her condition did not stop her to have a meaningful life and embrace the benefits of tiny house lifestyle. Apart from the life lesson, this book is very informative and worth reading for individuals wanting to live small.

The Big Tiny by Dee Williams

The book The Big Tiny by Dee Williams talks about changing your life and what is the essence of having a home. Dee was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, her condition did not stop her to have a meaningful life and embrace the benefits of tiny house lifestyle. Apart from the life lesson, this book is very informative and worth reading for individuals wanting to live small.

Table of Contents

  • Happy Enough
  • Southeast State Park
  • The Drive
  • Torsades
  • A Moment Of Genius While Waiting
  • Tiny Houseman
  • Fear And Logic
  • Anthropology 101
  • Dream Big, Build Small
  • Blondie On The Roof
  • Who Cares If I Appear Foolish?
  • Hobo-a-go-go
  • There Goes The Neighborhood
  • Modern Conveniences
  • Slackline
  • A Six Inch Drop Hitch
  • Keeping The Place
  • Broke Butt Mountain
  • One More Thing

Table of Contents

  • Happy Enough
  • Southeast State Park
  • The Drive
  • Torsades
  • A Moment Of Genius While Waiting
  • Tiny Houseman
  • Fear And Logic
  • Anthropology 101
  • Dream Big, Build Small
  • Blondie On The Roof
  • Who Cares If I Appear Foolish?
  • Hobo-a-go-go
  • There Goes The Neighborhood
  • Modern Conveniences
  • Slackline
  • A Six Inch Drop Hitch
  • Keeping The Place
  • Broke Butt Mountain
  • One More Thing

Six years ago I had all of the things a successful young person was supposed to have, but I was unhappy and I wasn’t sure why. One fateful new years eve, I stumbled across a YouTube video of Dee Williams and I felt a paradigm shift. I finally understood how to be happy. Since that time, Dee’s story has not only changed my life, it has launched an entire movement of voluntary simplicity through tiny house living…-L. Smith

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Six years ago I had all of the things a successful young person was supposed to have, but I was unhappy and I wasn’t sure why. One fateful new years eve, I stumbled across a YouTube video of Dee Williams and I felt a paradigm shift. I finally understood how to be happy. Since that time, Dee’s story has not only changed my life, it has launched an entire movement of voluntary simplicity through tiny house living…-L. Smith

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Life in a Tiny House by Bily Ulmer

Are you curious to hear from tiny house dwellers? This book is about what it’s like to live in a tiny house.

It contains photos of tiny houses and interviews with the people living in them. The interviewees share their experiences and challenges living in a tiny house and share practical ways to overcome them. The reader will also learn about the benefits of living in a tiny house.

Life in a Tiny House by Bily Ulmer

Are you curious to hear from tiny house dwellers? This book is about what it’s like to live in a tiny house.

It contains photos of tiny houses and interviews with the people living in them. The interviewees share their experiences and challenges living in a tiny house and share practical ways to overcome them. The reader will also learn about the benefits of living in a tiny house.

Table of Contents

  • Why Did A Tiny House Feel Right To Them?
  • How Did They Go About Designing, Building And Moving In?
  • What Is Life Like Now That They’ve Been Living There, For Between A Few Months And Ten Years?

Table of Contents

  • Why Did A Tiny House Feel Right To Them?
  • How Did They Go About Designing, Building And Moving In?
  • What Is Life Like Now That They’ve Been Living There, For Between A Few Months And Ten Years?

Little House on a Planet is a book about eco-friendly tiny houses. It features a series of interviews with people living in tiny houses. Their stories serve as inspiration for others wanting to transition into tiny house lifestyle. This book contains in-depth discussions about the different style of building and renovating a tiny house. We recommend this book for anyone who would like to simplify their life.

Little House on a Planet is a book about eco-friendly tiny houses. It features a series of interviews with people living in tiny houses. Their stories serve as inspiration for others wanting to transition into tiny house lifestyle. This book contains in-depth discussions about the different style of building and renovating a tiny house. We recommend this book to anyone who would like to simplify their life.

Table of Contents

  • Quit Jonesing
  • Choose What You Need
  • Build A Glove, Not A Warehouse
  • Pay Off Your Debts
  • Go Outside
  • Make Friends With The Past
  • Live At Home
  • Give Up Your Loneliness
  • Reclaim The Commons
  • Know The Codes
  • Live Your Children
  • Make A Room Of Your Own
  • Remember The World

Table of Contents

  • Quit Jonesing
  • Choose What You Need
  • Build A Glove, Not A Warehouse
  • Pay Off Your Debts
  • Go Outside
  • Make Friends With The Past
  • Live At Home
  • Give Up Your Loneliness
  • Reclaim The Commons
  • Know The Codes
  • Live Your Children
  • Make A Room Of Your Own
  • Remember The World

Love this book! We’re living in an officially 950 sq ft house (cellar doesn’t count) by choice. When we first bought it, it was because 950 sq ft was all we could afford but over time we realized that living in a small house changed the way we lived, our values, our relationship…-Knittymama

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Love this book! We’re living in an officially 950 sq ft house (cellar doesn’t count) by choice. When we first bought it, it was because 950 sq ft was all we could afford but over time we realized that living in a small house changed the way we lived, our values, our relationship…-Knittymama

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BEGINNER GUIDES

You’ve researched the tiny house movement and decided to take it one step further. This is where a beginner’s guide comes in handy. A typical guide may include but is not limited to, ideas on how to start going tiny, the pros and cons of living tiny, stories from tiny home dwellers, and basic practical construction advice and floor plans.

BEGINNER GUIDES

You’ve researched the tiny house movement and decided to take it one step further. This is where a beginner’s guide comes in handy. A typical guide may include but is not limited to, ideas on how to start going tiny, the pros and cons of living tiny, stories from tiny home dwellers, and basic practical construction advice and floor plans.

If you are looking for a collection of tiny house books for beginners, then the Tiny House: 3 Books in 1: Beginners Guide might answer a lot of questions you have about the tiny house movement.

This collection may help you decide if living in a tiny house is for you, including the advantages and disadvantages of tiny house living.

If you want to build your own tiny house, we recommend this book because it offers good information about what kind of tiny house may fit your needs. You can also learn from other people’s mistakes and read about success stories to inspire you in your own journey.

If you are looking for a collection of tiny house books for beginners, then the Tiny House: 3 Books in 1: Beginners Guide might answer a lot of questions you have about the tiny house movement.

This collection may help you decide if living in a tiny house is for you, including the advantages and disadvantages of tiny house living.

If you want to build your own tiny house, we recommend this book because it offers good information about what kind of tiny house may fit your needs. You can also learn from other people’s mistakes and read about success stories to inspire you in your own journey.

Table of Contents

  • Going Tiny
  • What Is A Tiny House?
  • Wheels Or No?
  • The Building
  • What To Expect?
  • Common Mistakes
  • Interior Design
  • Success Stories

Table of Contents

  • Going Tiny
  • What Is A Tiny House?
  • Wheels Or No?
  • The Building
  • What To Expect?
  • Common Mistakes
  • Interior Design
  • Success Stories

This book has a very comprehensive way of giving an insight of living in a tiny house, the personal stories are very easy to relate and understand the building…-Sakshi

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This book has a very comprehensive way of giving an insight of living in a tiny house, the personal stories are very easy to relate and understand the building…-Sakshi

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Before embarking on a tiny house lifestyle, you must do your homework, including consuming the vast tiny house literature on the internet. This Tiny Houses: Beginner’s Guide is a great overview of the tiny house lifestyle.

This book will help you decide if the tiny house is right for you based on Alex Freeman’s personal stories. The book covers how to plan for building the house such as blueprints and floor plans, materials to be used, recommendations for furniture and appliances and advice on how to design the interior of your tiny home, even if you are on a budget.

Before embarking on a tiny house lifestyle, you must do your homework, including consuming the vast tiny house literature on the internet. This Tiny Houses: Beginner’s Guide is a great overview of the tiny house lifestyle.

This book will help you decide if the tiny house is right for you based on Alex Freeman’s personal stories. The book covers how to plan for building the house such as blueprints and floor plans, materials to be used, recommendations for furniture and appliances and advice on how to design the interior of your tiny home, even if you are on a budget.

Table of Contents

  • Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Tiny House Living And Taking The Leap
  • Tiny House Planning
  • Tiny House Blueprints And Floor Plans
  • The Construction Materials You Will Need
  • Tiny House Furniture And Appliances
  • Tiny House Design Ideas For Your Bedroom, Bathroom, And Kitchen
  • 10 Tips To Decorate Your Tiny House On A Budget

Table of Contents

  • Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Tiny House Living And Taking The Leap
  • Tiny House Planning
  • Tiny House Blueprints And Floor Plans
  • The Construction Materials You Will Need
  • Tiny House Furniture And Appliances
  • Tiny House Design Ideas For Your Bedroom, Bathroom, And Kitchen
  • 10 Tips To Decorate Your Tiny House On A Budget

Thinking of downsizing? Freeman’s guide will provide food for thought to anyone who is contemplating jumping on the bandwagon of now popular tiny house living…-Barbara Mojica

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Thinking of downsizing? Freeman’s guide will provide food for thought to anyone who is contemplating jumping on the bandwagon of now popular tiny house living…-Barbara Mojica

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This book focuses on the economic side of building a tiny house. Reasons why people may choose to live in a tiny house, including saving money and having a simpler life.

If you plan to build a tiny house or downsize your current home, this book offers information on different types of tiny houses you might consider, living in the city versus rural areas, the average cost of a tiny house lifestyle, and how to engineer a tiny house.

The book also teaches ways to save on space, declutter and simplify your living area.

This book focuses on the economic side of building a tiny house. Reasons why people may choose to live in a tiny house, including saving money and having a simpler life.

If you plan to build a tiny house or downsize your current home, this book offers information on different types of tiny houses you might consider, living in the city versus rural areas, the average cost of a tiny house lifestyle, and how to engineer a tiny house.

The book also teaches ways to save on space, declutter and simplify your living area.

Table of Contents

  • Types Of Tiny Houses
  • The Benefits Of Tiny House Living
  • Living In The City Or Rural Areas
  • Myths About Tiny House Living
  • Average Cost Of Living
  • Zones, Building Codes, Government Regulations

I love tiny houses and I’m planning to build one. It is cheaper and easier to maintain. If you just love the idea of living in a tiny house this is the book for you. This book will provide you the pros and cons, you will be taken through the many stages of building, designing and living in a tiny house, how to use your space most effectively and how to find the best location and land for you…-Mary Vold

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I love tiny houses and I’m planning to build one. It is cheaper and easier to maintain. If you just love the idea of living in a tiny house this is the book for you. This book will provide you the pros and cons, you will be taken through the many stages of building, designing and living in a tiny house, how to use your space most effectively and how to find the best location and land for you…-Mary Vold

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If you looking are already living in a tiny space and looking for practical advice on tiny house living, then this book is perfect for you. It will help you generate ideas for your tiny house design, including ideas for optimizing your small space with practical storage solutions.

There’s also helpful content on how to handle pets, how to set up your tiny space for entertaining guests, and the pros and cons of off-grid versus on-grid living.

If you looking are already living in a tiny space and looking for practical advice on tiny house living, then this book is perfect for you. It will help you generate ideas for your tiny house design, including ideas for optimizing your small space with practical storage solutions.

There’s also helpful content on how to handle pets, how to set up your tiny space for entertaining guests, and the pros and cons of off-grid versus on-grid living.

Table of Contents

  • How to maintain a good relationship in a small space
  • Practical downsizing for everyone
  • Small space living with pets
  • The pros and cons of off-grid living and on grid living
  • How to make your small space feel big
  • Keeping your small space feeling fresh with practical storage solutions and design tips
  • Equipping your space for entertaining
  • Accordion/bifold style windows
  • How downsizing and simplifying your life will allow you more freedom and time

Table of Contents

  • How to maintain a good relationship in a small space
  • Practical downsizing for everyone
  • Small space living with pets
  • The pros and cons of off-grid living and on grid living
  • How to make your small space feel big
  • Keeping your small space feeling fresh with practical storage solutions and design tips
  • Equipping your space for entertaining
  • Accordion/bifold style windows
  • How downsizing and simplifying your life will allow you more freedom and time

This book is so important any who wants to go tiny should read this and if you can go to a tiny house festival. We even contacted the authors who live what they preach and are super nice people…-Julianna Pritchett

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This book is so important any who wants to go tiny should read this and if you can go to a tiny house festival. We even contacted the authors who live what they preach and are super nice people…-Julianna Pritchett

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DOWNSIZING/MINIMALISM

The concept of minimalism, or the so-called “simplicity is beauty” lifestyle, is central to the tiny house lifestyle. Decluttering is the first step to living a tiny house lifestyle. If you’d like to develop the life-changing habit of tidying up and graduate from clumsy to classy, make sure to add a book or two on tiny house minimalism to your reading list.

DOWNSIZING/MINIMALISM

The concept of minimalism, or the so-called “simplicity is beauty” lifestyle, is central to the tiny house lifestyle. Decluttering is the first step to living a tiny house lifestyle. If you’d like to develop the life-changing habit of tidying up and graduate from clumsy to classy, make sure to add a book or two on tiny house minimalism to your reading list.

In life, everyone aspires to achieve happiness in different states and forms. This book contains real-life stories about how people have found happiness through simplifying their lives.

Simplifying your life means changing the relationships towards material things, downsizing, and letting go of the things that are not significant to make room for human connections.

Embracing minimalism allows you to have more time to spend with people that are more important than material things and build relationships within the community.

In life, everyone aspires to achieve happiness in different states and forms. This book contains real-life stories about how people have found happiness through simplifying their lives.

Simplifying your life means changing the relationships towards material things, downsizing, and letting go of the things that are not significant to make room for human connections.

Embracing minimalism allows you to have more time to spend with people that are more important than material things and build relationships within the community.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: The Paradox Of Stuff
    • Buying Things Will Not Make You Happy
    • The Stuff You Own Owns You
  • Part 2: Finding Happiness Through Simple Living
    • Changing Your Relationship With Stuff
    • The Power Of Debt
    • Sell What You Can, Give The Rest Away
    • The Joy Of Small House
    • Reclaiming Work
  • Part 3: Buying Happiness
    • Time Is The Only Real Wealth
    • Money Vs. Experiences
    • Relationship Matter, Not Things
    • The Art Of Community Building
    • The Power Of Tiny Pleasures

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: The Paradox Of Stuff
    • Buying Things Will Not Make You Happy
    • The Stuff You Own Owns You
  • Part 2: Finding Happiness Through Simple Living
    • Changing Your Relationship With Stuff
    • The Power Of Debt
    • Sell What You Can, Give The Rest Away
    • The Joy Of Small House
    • Reclaiming Work
  • Part 3: Buying Happiness
    • Time Is The Only Real Wealth
    • Money Vs. Experiences
    • Relationship Matter, Not Things
    • The Art Of Community Building
    • The Power Of Tiny Pleasures

The author radically simplified her life. The real-life stories are wonderful. Very informative and entertaining. Not pushy to try to force anyone into her new downsized lifestyle but explaining why she did what she did and the results for her. Really enjoy how she sets out micro-actions that are realistic to be able to put into action. Practical tips. Lots of real-life stories….-Lynn G.

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The author radically simplified her life. The real-life stories are wonderful. Very informative and entertaining. Not pushy to try to force anyone into her new downsized lifestyle but explaining why she did what she did and the results for her. Really enjoy how she sets out micro-actions that are realistic to be able to put into action. Practical tips. Lots of real-life stories….-Lynn G.

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Do you own a lot of “stuff” but still feel unhappy? This book will help you kickstart the mindset of getting rid of stuff you don’t need, and maybe even discover happiness in the process.

The author, Marie Kondo, created a method for decluttering also known as “KonMari”. This book will help you appreciate the beauty of minimalism and develop a new respect for every single item that you own, and may bring, into your life and home.

Do you own a lot of “stuff” but still feel unhappy? This book will help you kickstart the mindset of getting rid of stuff you don’t need, and maybe even discover happiness in the process.

The author, Marie Kondo, created a method for decluttering also known as “KonMari”. This book will help you appreciate the beauty of minimalism and develop a new respect for every single item that you own, and may bring, into your life and home.

Table of Contents

  • Why Can’t I Make My House In Order?
  • Finish Discarding First
  • Tidying By Category Works Like Magic
  • Storing Your Things To Make Your Life Shine
  • The Magic Of Tidying Dramatically Transforms Your Life

Table of Contents

  • Why Can’t I Make My House In Order?
  • Finish Discarding First
  • Tidying By Category Works Like Magic
  • Storing Your Things To Make Your Life Shine
  • The Magic Of Tidying Dramatically Transforms Your Life

I’m somewhat of a self-help book addict. I was browsing Pinterest one day and stumbled upon the “konmari method” and was intrigued, so I bought this book for kindle and read it in about an hour. I always thought I was a very organized person (because everything I owned had a designated, labeled place and my house was always super clean), but after reading this book I realized I was nothing more than a skilled hoarder….-Laura I.

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I’m somewhat of a self-help book addict. I was browsing Pinterest one day and stumbled upon the “konmari method” and was intrigued, so I bought this book for kindle and read it in about an hour. I always thought I was a very organized person (because everything I owned had a designated, labeled place and my house was always super clean), but after reading this book I realized I was nothing more than a skilled hoarder….-Laura I.

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INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO

Thinking of building your own tiny house from scratch? Then make sure to check out the following how-to books on tiny house construction. The guides cover a wide range of topics from how to pick the foundation for your home to proper roofing for your new home.

INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO

Thinking of building your own tiny house from scratch? Then make sure to check out the following how-to books on tiny house construction. The guides cover a wide range of topics from how to pick the foundation for your home to proper roofing for your new home.

If you have zero knowledge and experience in building a tiny house, then this book is for you. This book almost covers all the things that you need to know about the tiny house from the construction process to a finished tiny house, including topics on roofing, plumbing, insulation, etc.

Building your own tiny house from scratch requires a lot of courage, will, and determination. Having this book to follow along while you navigate your tiny house construction challenges is definitely a game changer.

However, if you don’t have time to build your own tiny house, this book can serve as your beginner’s buying guide because it gives a great overview of the tiny house and practical how-to advice on various construction aspects of a tiny house.

If you have zero knowledge and experience in building a tiny house, then this book is for you. This book almost covers all the things that you need to know about the tiny house from the construction process to a finished tiny house, including topics on roofing, plumbing, insulation, etc.

Building your own tiny house from scratch requires a lot of courage, will, and determination. Having this book to follow along while you navigate your tiny house construction challenges is definitely a game changer.

However, if you don’t have time to build your own tiny house, this book can serve as your beginner’s buying guide because it gives a great overview of the tiny house and practical how-to advice on various construction aspects of a tiny house.

Table of Contents

  • Preparing To Live Tiny
  • Designs And Plans
  • Tools
  • Building Materials
  • Trailer
  • Subfloor Framing And Insulation
  • Subfloor Sheathing
  • Wall Framing
  • Wall Sheathing
  • Roof Framing
  • Strapping
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Drying-in The House
  • Windows And Doors
  • Exterior Siding
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Interior Siding And Trim
  • Flooring
  • Cabinet And Shelving

Table of Contents

  • Preparing To Live Tiny
  • Designs And Plans
  • Tools
  • Building Materials
  • Trailer
  • Subfloor Framing And Insulation
  • Subfloor Sheathing
  • Wall Framing
  • Wall Sheathing
  • Roof Framing
  • Strapping
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Drying-in The House
  • Windows And Doors
  • Exterior Siding
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Interior Siding And Trim
  • Flooring
  • Cabinet And Shelving

I just attended Dan’s most recent workshop north of Atlanta. I bought the book, assuming it would be very similar to all of the other Tiny House books I have. I WAS WRONG. This book passes the Tiny House concept from an idea to REAL. Dan guides the reader through the details such as tools needed and why, the best way to order material, the details of the trailer and weights, framing, flashing, sheathing, wrapping, hardware, layouts, etc. This book is for those who are READY to really do it! I have dozens of books on Tiny Houses and there is no book like this one. Someone who has never seen a power tool can build a tiny house with the guidance of this book…-Kyra L. Mcglew

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I just attended Dan’s most recent workshop north of Atlanta. I bought the book, assuming it would be very similar to all of the other Tiny House books I have. I WAS WRONG. This book passes the Tiny House concept from an idea to REAL. Dan guides the reader through the details such as tools needed and why, the best way to order material, the details of the trailer and weights, framing, flashing, sheathing, wrapping, hardware, layouts, etc. This book is for those who are READY to really do it! I have dozens of books on Tiny Houses and there is no book like this one. Someone who has never seen a power tool can build a tiny house with the guidance of this book…-Kyra L. Mcglew

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The Small House Book by Jay Schafer

This book focuses on the fundamentals of designing a tiny home, including building a house on wheels, subtractive design, general organizing principles, and basic dimensions to consider for your tiny house.

Jay also shares his experience traveling to different places with his tiny home. The book also features a portfolio of tiny houses, including photos. Definitely a good source of inspiration for anyone who wants to change their way of life and is considering living in a tiny house.

The Small House Book by Jay Schafer

This book focuses on the fundamentals of designing a tiny home, including building a house on wheels, subtractive design, general organizing principles, and basic dimensions to consider for your tiny house.
Jay also shares his experience traveling to different places with his tiny home. The book also features a portfolio of tiny houses, including photos. Definitely a good source of inspiration for anyone who wants to change their way of life and is considering living in a tiny house.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Confessions Of A Claustrophile
    • Living Large In Small Spaces
    • The Method And The Madness
  • Part 2: A Good Home
    • Too Good To Be Legal
    • The Good, The Bad And The Sprawling
  • Part 3: Making Space
    • How To Build A House On Wheels
    • Steps By Step Instruction
    • Subtractive Design
    • Form And Number
    • Organizing Principles
    • Basic Dimensions And Potential Restrictions
  • Part 4: Portfolio Of Houses

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Confessions Of A Claustrophile
    • Living Large In Small Spaces
    • The Method And The Madness
  • Part 2: A Good Home
    • Too Good To Be Legal
    • The Good, The Bad And The Sprawling
  • Part 3: Making Space
    • How To Build A House On Wheels
    • Steps By Step Instruction
    • Subtractive Design
    • Form And Number
    • Organizing Principles
    • Basic Dimensions And Potential Restrictions
  • Part 4: Portfolio Of Houses


I’ve been a fan of Mr. Shafer since we moved back to NOLA after Katrina. I feel pretty sure that 1 of his small house/cottage plans would be well suited for the lot sizes down here. I really don’t think the local officials would object to those – especially considering the number of 3 room shotguns that exist anywhere you look in this city…-DanielleCara

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I’ve been a fan of Mr. Shafer since we moved back to NOLA after Katrina. I feel pretty sure that 1 of his small house/cottage plans would be well suited for the lot sizes down here. I really don’t think the local officials would object to those – especially considering the number of 3 room shotguns that exist anywhere you look in this city…-DanielleCara

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Many people are struggling with rent or mortgage of their typical American home. People are already adopting alternative living options like Trailer or RV. This book provides practical advice regarding taxes, benefits, and risks while trailersteading. The case studies are pretty interesting too.

Many people are struggling with rent or mortgage of their typical American home. People are already adopting alternative living options like Trailer or RV. This book provides practical advice regarding taxes, benefits, and risks while trailersteading. The case studies are pretty interesting too.

Table of Contents

  • Why Live In A Trailer?
  • Case Study: Our Mobile Home Adventures
  • What Is A Mobile Homes
  • Case Study: Cheap And Green
  • The Tiny House Movement
  • How Small Is Too Small?
  • Living Large In A Small Space
  • Realities Of Life In A Tiny House
  • Case Study: A Retro Trailer
  • Disadvantages Of Trailer Homesteading
  • Finding And Moving Into The Land
  • Remodeling A Trailer
  • Heating And Cooling A Mobile Home
  • Around The Trailer Stead

Table of Contents

  • Why Live In A Trailer?
  • Case Study: Our Mobile Home Adventures
  • What Is A Mobile Homes
  • Case Study: Cheap And Green
  • The Tiny House Movement
  • How Small Is Too Small?
  • Living Large In A Small Space
  • Realities Of Life In A Tiny House
  • Case Study: A Retro Trailer
  • Disadvantages Of Trailer Homesteading
  • Finding And Moving Into The Land
  • Remodeling A Trailer
  • Heating And Cooling A Mobile Home
  • Around The Trailer Stead

If you are looking into “tiny houses” after reading some article in Sunset magazine about a cute little artisan house that will WOW the neighbors at ONLY $325,000… then this is definitely NOT the book for you! This book is for the down and dirty: those who fully intend to do it themselves and for as little money as possible. This is a book for people whom a 30-year mortgage is NOT an option. This is a book about how to create a homestead on several acres of land for under $50,000 TOTAL in today’s money (and, in some cases, WAY under $50,000). This is a book for people who aren’t looking at housing as an “investment,” but are looking at housing as a place to actually LIVE a DECENT LIFE!…-Camperdude

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If you are looking into “tiny houses” after reading some article in Sunset magazine about a cute little artisan house that will WOW the neighbors at ONLY $325,000… then this is definitely NOT the book for you! This book is for the down and dirty: those who fully intend to do it themselves and for as little money as possible. This is a book for people whom a 30-year mortgage is NOT an option. This is a book about how to create a homestead on several acres of land for under $50,000 TOTAL in today’s money (and, in some cases, WAY under $50,000). This is a book for people who aren’t looking at housing as an “investment,” but are looking at housing as a place to actually LIVE a DECENT LIFE!…-Camperdude

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Tiny House Living: (Free Gift eBook Inside!) Living Tiny Is Fun And Stress-Free! is a great book if you are interested in trying out the tiny house lifestyle.

This book discusses the benefits of living in a tiny house and the process of building your tiny home. All the information in this book will help you evaluate different tiny house plans and if you should pursue this kind of lifestyle.

Tiny House Living: (Free Gift eBook Inside!) Living Tiny Is Fun And Stress-Free! is a great book if you are interested in trying out the tiny house lifestyle.

This book discusses the benefits of living in a tiny house and the process of building your tiny home. All the information in this book will help you evaluate different tiny house plans and if you should pursue this kind of lifestyle.

Table of Contents

  • What Is Tiny House Living?
  • Benefits Of Living In A Small House
  • Steps To Living In A Tiny House
  • Ways Of Maximizing Space In A Tiny House
  • Factors To Consider When Choosing Tiny House Plans For Building Your Home

Table of Contents

  • What Is Tiny House Living?
  • Benefits Of Living In A Small House
  • Steps To Living In A Tiny House
  • Ways Of Maximizing Space In A Tiny House
  • Factors To Consider When Choosing Tiny House Plans For Building Your Home


I am considering building or buying a tiny house when I retire. I get excited reading about, which she t to do and how to do it, I have lots of question….-Nina Peddle

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I am considering building or buying a tiny house when I retire. I get excited reading about, which she t to do and how to do it, I have lots of question….-Nina Peddle
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Tiny House Living by Ryan Mitchell

Tiny House Living contains all the information you need for transitioning into tiny living.

Living in a 400 square-feet house might be challenging for most of us but this book might help you or even motivate you to join the tiny house movement.

This book looks into the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle and the benefits of living in a tiny house.

Tiny House Living by Ryan Mitchell

Tiny House Living contains all the information you need for transitioning into tiny living.

Living in a 400 square-feet house might be challenging for most of us but this book might help you or even motivate you to join the tiny house movement.

This book looks into the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle and the benefits of living in a tiny house.

Table of Contents

  • The Tiny House Lifestyle
  • Why Choose Voluntary Simplicity?
  • The Tiny House Movement
  • How Consumer Culture Impacts The Movement
  • The Path Of Living Tiny
  • Designing A Tiny Life
  • Designing A Tiny House
  • Realize Your Dream To Live Tiny

Table of Contents

  • The Tiny House Lifestyle
  • Why Choose Voluntary Simplicity?
  • The Tiny House Movement
  • How Consumer Culture Impacts The Movement
  • The Path Of Living Tiny
  • Designing A Tiny Life
  • Designing A Tiny House
  • Realize Your Dream To Live Tiny

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 across 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, pre-planning stages, and preparing to live in a tiny home through construction and living in the home…-Melanie Faith

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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 across 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, pre-planning stages, and preparing to live in a tiny home through construction and living in the home…-Melanie Faith

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This book will help you build the foundation of building your own tiny house, how you can finance the journey of living in a tiny house and the legalities of this lifestyle.

It contains practical approach in designing your tiny home that best fits your needs.

The reader also can check the full-color images in the book of different types of tiny house that will augment the ideas in your mind and turn them into reality.

This book will help you build the foundation of building your own tiny house, how you can finance the journey of living in a tiny house and the legalities of this lifestyle.

It contains practical approach in designing your tiny home that best fits your needs.

The reader also can check the full-color images in the book of different types of tiny house that will augment the ideas in your mind and turn them into reality.

Table of Contents

  • A House With Benefits
  • What Is A Tiny House?
  • Preparing For The Paring Down
  • Financing A Tiny Home
  • Insuring Your Tiny House
  • The Legalities Of Tiny Houses On Wheels
  • Tiny House On The Move
  • Kitchen Necessities
  • Bedroom And Living Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Choosing Your Foundation
  • Designing Your Tiny House
  • Working With Design Professionals
  • How To Read Construction Drawings?
  • Identifying Your Team
  • Tools, Glorious Tools
  • Raising The Walls
  • Utilities Ang Envelope Considerations
  • Finishing Touches
  • Offgrid Living

Table of Contents

  • A House With Benefits
  • What Is A Tiny House?
  • Preparing For The Paring Down
  • Financing A Tiny Home
  • Insuring Your Tiny House
  • The Legalities Of Tiny Houses On Wheels
  • Tiny House On The Move
  • Kitchen Necessities
  • Bedroom And Living Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Choosing Your Foundation
  • Designing Your Tiny House
  • Working With Design Professionals
  • How To Read Construction Drawings?
  • Identifying Your Team
  • Tools, Glorious Tools
  • Raising The Walls
  • Utilities Ang Envelope Considerations
  • Finishing Touches
  • Offgrid Living

Are you overwhelmed with all the information about all things TINY? Stop the insanity and get this book! Gabriella and Andrew Morrison are experts in the field, and they have provided a comprehensive book on everything you need to know…-Vina Lustado

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Are you overwhelmed with all the information about all things TINY? Stop the insanity and get this book! Gabriella and Andrew Morrison are experts in the field, and they have provided a comprehensive book on everything you need to know…-Vina Lustado

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Looking for a mortgage-free lifestyle? Then tiny house living might be the solution you’re looking for. Reading this book is a great way to start the journey.

This book provides the pieces of information that you need to know to fuel the desire of owning a tiny house.

This book will also help you on how to use the tiny space efficiently and save money along the process of building your own tiny house.

Looking for a mortgage-free lifestyle? Then tiny house living might be the solution you’re looking for. Reading this book is a great way to start the journey.

This book provides the pieces of information that you need to know to fuel the desire of owning a tiny house.

This book will also help you on how to use the tiny space efficiently and save money along the process of building your own tiny house.

Table of Contents

  • The Tiny House Lifestyle
  • A Movement Toward Tiny Home Living
  • The Eco Friendly Benefits
  • Smart Storage
  • How To Build A Tiny House Following The Building Stages
  • Design Dynamics And Building Plans
  • Quotes For A New Home Build
  • Success Stories

Table of Contents

  • The Tiny House Lifestyle
  • A Movement Toward Tiny Home Living
  • The Eco Friendly Benefits
  • Smart Storage
  • How To Build A Tiny House Following The Building Stages
  • Design Dynamics And Building Plans
  • Quotes For A New Home Build
  • Success Stories

I’ve been considering going into the tiny home movement lately and this book is a great help. Here you will find what major considerations to have like plumbing, water sourcing, zoning etc and how best to go about it. A sample layout and interior design are also included, so you are guaranteed to have plenty of lovely ideas on how to start off arranging your furniture inside your tiny home…-Golden Girl

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I’ve been considering going into the tiny home movement lately and this book is a great help. Here you will find what major considerations to have like plumbing, water sourcing, zoning etc and how best to go about it. A sample layout and interior design are also included, so you are guaranteed to have plenty of lovely ideas on how to start off arranging your furniture inside your tiny home…-Golden Girl

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By reading the title of this book, you already have an idea what will you get. This is a unique book because it focuses on off-grid living.

If you own a tiny house and are thinking of living off-grid, then this is a great book to educate yourself on how you can build your off-grid power system.

The book is super easy to understand since the author uses layman terms and illustrations like social media posts with lots of pictures.

By reading the title of this book, you already have an idea what will you get. This is a unique book because it focuses on off-grid living.

If you own a tiny house and are thinking of living off-grid, then this is a great book to educate yourself on how you can build your off-grid power system.

The book is super easy to understand since the author uses layman terms and illustrations like social media posts with lots of pictures.

Love it! This is a techy kind of book but I am not a techy person and got through it easily. I think this is one of the most valuable books I have in my collection. Mr. Haynes, is a wonderful instructor, as he guides even the novice, with no experience in electrical setup, masterfully, from the very roots of how it all works to the finished outcome…-Thatsanono

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Love it! This is a techy kind of book but I am not a techy person and got through it easily. I think this is one of the most valuable books I have in my collection. Mr. Haynes, is a wonderful instructor, as he guides even the novice, with no experience in electrical setup, masterfully, from the very roots of how it all works to the finished outcome…-Thatsanono

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If you are looking for an ultimate guide to building your tiny house, then this book may be perfect for you. It covers the designs, construction, and appliances to be put in your tiny house.

There’s a very helpful section on common tools used in the building process. This book also contains technical information such as electrical systems, gas systems, and wastewater handling. It includes photos and diagrams for easy reference.

If you are looking for an ultimate guide to building your tiny house, then this book may be perfect for you. It covers the designs, construction, and appliances to be put in your tiny house.

There’s a very helpful section on common tools used in the building process. This book also contains technical information such as electrical systems, gas systems, and wastewater handling. It includes photos and diagrams for easy reference.

Table of Contents

  • Appliances
  • Appliance And Kitchen Design
  • Bathroom Design
  • Building Dynamics
  • Common Tools
  • Electrical Systems
  • Exterior Wall Finishing
  • Floor Construction
  • Gas Systems
  • Green Building Options
  • Lighting Design
  • Moving And Siting
  • Permits And Code Restrictions
  • Roofing
  • Trailer Considerations
  • Ventilation And Moisture Control
  • Wall Framing And Sheathing
  • Water And Wastewater

Table of Contents

  • Appliances
  • Appliance And Kitchen Design
  • Bathroom Design
  • Building Dynamics
  • Common Tools
  • Electrical Systems
  • Exterior Wall Finishing
  • Floor Construction
  • Gas Systems
  • Green Building Options
  • Lighting Design
  • Moving And Siting
  • Permits And Code Restrictions
  • Roofing
  • Trailer Considerations
  • Ventilation And Moisture Control
  • Wall Framing And Sheathing
  • Water And Wastewater

Shipping Container Homes by John Peterson

Aside from tiny house on wheels, a shipping container is also an option for a mortgage-free lifestyle. This book is a complete guide to help you design your shipping container home.

Building a shipping container home is a labor-intensive work since you are dealing with 100% steel and it involves a lot of insulation. This book will give you ample information on building a shipping container home so you can live comfortably in it.

Shipping Container Homes by John Peterson

Aside from tiny house on wheels, a shipping container is also an option for a mortgage-free lifestyle. This book is a complete guide to help you design your shipping container home.

Building a shipping container home is a labor-intensive work since you are dealing with 100% steel and it involves a lot of insulation. This book will give you ample information on building a shipping container home so you can live comfortably in it.

This book is amazing, educational and full of guidance in so many ways. This book taught me that we live in a world where real estate is quickly disappearing and having access to a plot of land is becoming harder. Also, living conditions have also become very difficult as overpopulating and crowding has become prevalent in major cities all over the world. With that being said minimalism is what shipping container homes will teach people in a new way of living and survive in an overpopulated world…-Mario Cordova

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This book is amazing, educational and full of guidance in so many ways. This book taught me that we live in a world where real estate is quickly disappearing and having access to a plot of land is becoming harder. Also, living conditions have also become very difficult as overpopulating and crowding has become prevalent in major cities all over the world. With that being said minimalism is what shipping container homes will teach people in a new way of living and survive in an overpopulated world…-Mario Cordova

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Like John Peterson’s book above, this book offers advice on transforming a shipping container into a comfortable living space.

This book guides the reader in choosing the type of container, as well as designing and constructing a shipping container home. This book will teach you how to install the ceiling, frame the interior, fit the roof, etc.

Like John Peterson’s book above, this book offers advice on transforming a shipping container into a comfortable living space.

This book guides the reader in choosing the type of container, as well as designing and constructing a shipping container home. This book will teach you how to install the ceiling, frame the interior, fit the roof, etc.

Table of Contents

  • Summary Of The Process Of Building And Moving Into A Shipping Container Home
  • Planning
  • Buying The Containers
  • Site Preparation
  • Container Conversion, Delivery And Placement
  • Fitting The Roof
  • First Fix Services: Water, Electricity, Sewage, Phone Line
  • Doors, Windows, And The Removal Of Interior Walls
  • Framing The Interior
  • Ceiling Installation
  • Second Fix Services
  • Insulation
  • Hanging Drywall And Preparing It For Paint
  • Flooring
  • Finishing Interior Walls
  • Exterior Finished

Table of Contents

  • Summary Of The Process Of Building And Moving Into A Shipping Container Home
  • Planning
  • Buying The Containers
  • Site Preparation
  • Container Conversion, Delivery And Placement
  • Fitting The Roof
  • First Fix Services: Water, Electricity, Sewage, Phone Line
  • Doors, Windows, And The Removal Of Interior Walls
  • Framing The Interior
  • Ceiling Installation
  • Second Fix Services
  • Insulation
  • Hanging Drywall And Preparing It For Paint
  • Flooring
  • Finishing Interior Walls
  • Exterior Finished

What do you do with a surplus of shipping containers? Build houses with them of course! One of the homes in this book is built with four 40-foot containers and four 20-foot containers. There are 12 plans in this book, so lots of options…-Rebecca of Amazon

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What do you do with a surplus of shipping containers? Build houses with them of course! One of the homes in this book is built with four 40-foot containers and four 20-foot containers. There are 12 plans in this book, so lots of options…-Rebecca of Amazon

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Shipping Container Homes by Anthony Hofman

This is yet another book on how to transform a shipping container into a home. Building your own shipping container home gives you the freedom to design and create a home customized to your needs and preferences.

Shipping Container Homes by Anthony explains the risks and benefits of living in shipping container homes, how you can go about obtaining a shipping container (including foundation options), and things to keep in mind when constructing a shipping container home (e.g., insulation).

Shipping Container Homes by Anthony Hofman

This is yet another book on how to transform a shipping container into a home. Building your own shipping container home gives you the freedom to design and create a home customized to your needs and preferences.

Shipping Container Homes by Anthony explains the risks and benefits of living in shipping container homes, how you can go about obtaining a shipping container (including foundation options), and things to keep in mind when constructing a shipping container home (e.g., insulation).

Table of Contents

  • What Are Shipping Containers And How Can They Become Homes?
  • Shipping Containers And Sustainable Living
  • How To Obtain A Shipping Container
  • Risks Involved With Shipping Container Homes
  • Benefits To Shipping Container Homes
  • Planning And Designing Your Shipping Container Home
  • Foundation Options For Your Shipping Container Home
  • When Your Shipping Container Arrives On Site

Table of Contents

  • What Are Shipping Containers And How Can They Become Homes?
  • Shipping Containers And Sustainable Living
  • How To Obtain A Shipping Container
  • Risks Involved With Shipping Container Homes
  • Benefits To Shipping Container Homes
  • Planning And Designing Your Shipping Container Home
  • Foundation Options For Your Shipping Container Home
  • When Your Shipping Container Arrives On Site

Shipping container homes have many advantages and disadvantages, and you’ve gotta make your own research before getting this type of home. Otherwise, some dishonest sellers may take advantage of your naivety. Most of the people I know have no idea about this type of accommodation, and its multiple other potentials use. There is no friend to ask an advice. It was great to get this amount of information for this nice price…-Author Top Contributor: Cooking Smith

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Shipping container homes have many advantages and disadvantages, and you’ve gotta make your own research before getting this type of home. Otherwise, some dishonest sellers may take advantage of your naivety. Most of the people I know have no idea about this type of accommodation, and its multiple other potentials use. There is no friend to ask an advice. It was great to get this amount of information for this nice price…-Author Top Contributor: Cooking Smith

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This book will give you basic theory to understand the electrical aspect of building your tiny house. Starting from basic principles, explain each different terms, different components and functions to in-depth instructions on how to implement the wirings. If you consider building your tiny house on the grid or off the grid, this book will guide you to design the electrical system.

This book will give you basic theory to understand the electrical aspect of building your tiny house. Starting from basic principles, explain each different terms, different components and functions to in-depth instructions on how to implement the wirings. If you consider building your tiny house on the grid or off the grid, this book will guide you to design the electrical system.

Table of Contents

  • Understand Why
  • Step By Step
  • Stay Focused
  • Tiny House Focused

Table of Contents

  • Understand Why
  • Step By Step
  • Stay Focused
  • Tiny House Focused

INSPIRATION/DESIGN

Remember when you first learned about tiny houses? You probably fantasized about the interior design of your dream home. There’s something appealing and charming about small spaces. Tiny houses can have classic, rustic, Balinese or even industrial-themed designs. Get some ideas and inspiration for your next projects from the following tiny house books.

INSPIRATION/DESIGN

Remember when you first learned about tiny houses? You probably fantasized about the interior design of your dream home. There’s something appealing and charming about small spaces. Tiny houses can have classic, rustic, Balinese or even industrial-themed designs. Get some ideas and inspiration for your next projects from the following tiny house books.

If you are looking for tiny house design inspiration, then this book might help you.

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter flaunts many high-quality photos (almost over 1000 of them!) and features stories about 150 tiny house owners living in different kinds of small homemade shelters, ranging from homes built on foundations to homes built on the water!

The interviewees include dreamers, water dwellers, designers, builders, and architects. Their perspectives are helpful and enlightening and may even inspire you to consider living in a different kind of tiny house (think tree house!). The book documents various blogs and websites with photos, news, and/or plans for tiny homes.

If you are looking for tiny house design inspiration, then this book might help you.

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter flaunts many high-quality photos (almost over 1000 of them!) and features stories about 150 tiny house owners living in different kinds of small homemade shelters, ranging from homes built on foundations to homes built on the water!

The interviewees include dreamers, water dwellers, designers, builders, and architects. Their perspectives are helpful and enlightening and may even inspire you to consider living in a different kind of tiny house (think tree house!). The book documents various blogs and websites with photos, news, and/or plans for tiny homes.

Table of Contents

  • Tiny Homes On Foundations
  • Tiny Homes On Wheels
  • Tiny Homes By Architects
  • Prefabs And Kits
  • Earthy Materials
  • Tree Houses
  • On The Road
  • On The Water

Table of Contents

  • Tiny Homes On Foundations
  • Tiny Homes On Wheels
  • Tiny Homes By Architects
  • Prefabs And Kits
  • Earthy Materials
  • Tree Houses
  • On The Road
  • On The Water

This has a plethora of great photos and stories from many different styles of tiny homes. It is a great book to generate ideas and conversation…-Molly E Moore

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This has a plethora of great photos and stories from many different styles of tiny homes. It is a great book to generate ideas and conversation…-Molly E Moore

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Like Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, Tiny Homes on the Move is filled with inspiring photos and stories from the tiny house movement. It is specifically about people living in unconventional small shelters (e.g., in vans, buses, trailers, houseboats, sailboats, pickup trucks) while on the move.

It will give you an idea of the benefits of living in a tiny house while on the road. If you’re road tripper then you might want to step up your shelter game by adopting ideas from this book.

Like Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, Tiny Homes on the Move is filled with inspiring photos and stories from the tiny house movement. It is specifically about people living in unconventional small shelters (e.g., in vans, buses, trailers, houseboats, sailboats, pickup trucks) while on the move.

It will give you an idea of the benefits of living in a tiny house while on the road. If you’re road tripper then you might want to step up your shelter game by adopting ideas from this book.

Table of Contents

  • Vans
  • Pickup Trucks With Camper Shell
  • House Trucks
  • House Buses
  • Trailers
  • Sailboats
  • Houseboats

Table of Contents

  • Vans
  • Pickup Trucks With Camper Shell
  • House Trucks
  • House Buses
  • Trailers
  • Sailboats
  • Houseboats

This is a glossy “idea book” with tons of pictures to inspire anyone you want to get a broad view of the types of abodes that qualify as moveable tiny homes. The stories (and the book appears to be designed to present as many stories as possible) are dominated by photos, not text, and contain no floor plans but abound with examples of unique homes that other people have built and lived in successfully for years…-B. Harvey

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This is a glossy “idea book” with tons of pictures to inspire anyone you want to get a broad view of the types of abodes that qualify as moveable tiny homes. The stories (and the book appears to be designed to present as many stories as possible) are dominated by photos, not text, and contain no floor plans but abound with examples of unique homes that other people have built and lived in successfully for years…-B. Harvey

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Looking to get creative and wild with your small abode design? Then you might want to check out this book. It is composed of drawings and sketches accompanied by the author’s hand-written commentary. It reads like a fun comic book rather than a building plan and the purpose is to get the reader’s creative juices flowing.

Looking to get creative and wild with your small abode design? Then you might want to check out this book. It is composed of drawings and sketches accompanied by the author’s hand-written commentary. It reads like a fun comic book rather than a building plan and the purpose is to get the reader’s creative juices flowing.

Table of Contents

  • Huts, Houses, Hideaways And Mo
  • The Other Schtuff
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

Table of Contents

  • Huts, Houses, Hideaways And Mo
  • The Other Schtuff
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

If you’re looking for a how-to book, this isn’t it. Thank god it’s not one. The whole point of this book is to inspire and inspire it does. To the one and two and three-star reviewers out there, I just can’t see your points. What the author has done is nothing short of amazing, considering the vast array of “unique” books about small spaces out there, he actually has done something unique…truly unique…-Permacultist

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If you’re looking for a how-to book, this isn’t it. Thank god it’s not one. The whole point of this book is to inspire and inspire it does. To the one and two and three-star reviewers out there, I just can’t see your points. What the author has done is nothing short of amazing, considering the vast array of “unique” books about small spaces out there, he actually has done something unique…truly unique…-Permacultist

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120 Ideas for Tiny Living by Laura LaVoie

120 Ideas for Tiny Living contains 120 ideas for living in a tiny house, exploring everything from building to decorating to spending time in the tiny house. Even if you are not interested in tiny house lifestyle, you might still find this book interesting since it tackles the topics of living with less, and of decluttering and getting rid of garbage in your big house.

120 Ideas for Tiny Living by Laura LaVoie

120 Ideas for Tiny Living contains 120 ideas for living in a tiny house, exploring everything from building to decorating to spending time in the tiny house. Even if you are not interested in tiny house lifestyle, you might still find this book interesting since it tackles the topics of living with less, and of decluttering and getting rid of garbage in your big house.

Even though I’m not interested in living in a tiny house I LOVED this book. Yes there are many tips for how you could successfully make the jump to living in a tiny home (in the author’s case she and her husband and cat live in 120 square feet!) but of more value to me she gives insight into how living in a tiny home affects her daily life and outlook on life…-Cara Schulz

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Even though I’m not interested in living in a tiny house I LOVED this book. Yes there are many tips for how you could successfully make the jump to living in a tiny home (in the author’s case she and her husband and cat live in 120 square feet!) but of more value to me she gives insight into how living in a tiny home affects her daily life and outlook on life…-Cara Schulz

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The Very Small Home by Azby Brown

The Very Small Home brings design inspiration from modest dwellings in Japan. It provides a detailed analysis of about 20 recently built small houses in Japan. Each analysis is based on a core concept for each house’s design. Some houses, for example, leverage natural light to make their spaces feel larger. Others exploit kitchen storage and special partitions. You might want to steal an idea or two from this book!

The Very Small Home by Azby Brown

The Very Small Home brings design inspiration from modest dwellings in Japan. It provides a detailed analysis of about 20 recently built small houses in Japan. Each analysis is based on a core concept for each house’s design. Some houses, for example, leverage natural light to make their spaces feel larger. Others exploit kitchen storage and special partitions. You might want to steal an idea or two from this book!

Table of Contents

  • Why Small, How Small?
  • The Houses
  • Details That Make A Difference

Table of Contents

  • Why Small, How Small?
  • The Houses
  • Details That Make A Difference

This is a fun book that can be perused many times without getting tired of it. It is well put together. It features twenty small Japanese houses (including two in the introduction) in the Tokyo area, all of the contemporary architecture. There isn’t much available land in Tokyo so the architects had to use their imaginations to put everything in a small space. Four pages are devoted to each house, two for photos, one for large 3D floor plan drawings, and one for the text and a cross-section drawing of the different levels or stories…-Carol Stee

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This is a fun book that can be perused many times without getting tired of it. It is well put together. It features twenty small Japanese houses (including two in the introduction) in the Tokyo area, all of the contemporary architecture. There isn’t much available land in Tokyo so the architects had to use their imaginations to put everything in a small space. Four pages are devoted to each house, two for photos, one for large 3D floor plan drawings, and one for the text and a cross-section drawing of the different levels or stories…-Carol Stee

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If budget is a big factor for your tiny house, then this book will guide you in building your tiny house from salvaged materials without compromising the comfort of living in it. It also provides tips on how to decorate your tiny house on a budget.

In the book, Diedricksen provides high-quality photos and commentary on various unique small dwellings created by people in the United States and beyond, including tiny homes on wheels as well as tree houses and stilted shelters.

The last part even includes six sets of building plans by design professionals!

If budget is a big factor for your tiny house, then this book will guide you in building your tiny house from salvaged materials without compromising the comfort of living in it. It also provides tips on how to decorate your tiny house on a budget.

In the book, Diedricksen provides high-quality photos and commentary on various unique small dwellings created by people in the United States and beyond, including tiny homes on wheels as well as tree houses and stilted shelters.

The last part even includes six sets of building plans by design professionals!

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Amazing Micro Shelters
    • Tiny Houses
    • Backyard Cabins, Camps, And Hideaways
    • Tree Houses And Stilted Shelters
    • On Wheels
  • Part 2: Tools And Materials
    • Gathering Your Tools
    • Budgeting And Salvaging
    • Decor On A Dime
  • Part 3: Plan To Inspire
    • Six From The Master
    • Playhouse And Nooks

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Amazing Micro Shelters
    • Tiny Houses
    • Backyard Cabins, Camps, And Hideaways
    • Tree Houses And Stilted Shelters
    • On Wheels
  • Part 2: Tools And Materials
    • Gathering Your Tools
    • Budgeting And Salvaging
    • Decor On A Dime
  • Part 3: Plan To Inspire
    • Six From The Master
    • Playhouse And Nooks

I received this book as an early birthday present from my daughter, Belle, a few days ago. My head and heart have been pouring over it for two days now and I love it! I am a THOW (tiny house on wheels) designer/builder/dweller. I own several versions of Deek’s books and all of the evidence his effluviant creative spirit and inventive use of resources. Back in 2012, when I attended his workshop (and slept in the Gypsy Junker, page 142), there were only a few books on the market on tiny houses and/or plans…-Belle Struck

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I received this book as an early birthday present from my daughter, Belle, a few days ago. My head and heart have been pouring over it for two days now and I love it! I am a THOW (tiny house on wheels) designer/builder/dweller. I own several versions of Deek’s books and all of the evidence his effluviant creative spirit and inventive use of resources. Back in 2012, when I attended his workshop (and slept in the Gypsy Junker, page 142), there were only a few books on the market on tiny houses and/or plans…-Belle Struck

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Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style by Cristina Paredes Benitez

Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style is perfect for the eco-conscious tiny house enthusiast. It profiles more than 50 environmentally-friendly small residential spaces, describing in detail the challenges faced by the designers and builders as well as the environmental impact of each dwelling.

This book also offers fresh ideas on organizing things and utilizing storage spaces in a small setting. It includes a couple of tiny house plans as well as a gorgeous collection of photos of the interior designs and beautiful landscapes of tiny houses.

Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style by Cristina Paredes Benitez

Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style is perfect for the eco-conscious tiny house enthusiast. It profiles more than 50 environmentally-friendly small residential spaces, describing in detail the challenges faced by the designers and builders as well as the environmental impact of each dwelling.

This book also offers fresh ideas on organizing things and utilizing storage spaces in a small setting. It includes a couple of tiny house plans as well as a gorgeous collection of photos of the interior designs and beautiful landscapes of tiny houses.

Forty-two houses are profiled in this book, ranging in size from 6.5 sq. m./ 70 sq. ft. to 294 sq. m./3,165 sq. ft. More than half the houses are over 120 sq. m./1,300 sq. ft., so they aren’t necessarily small. They are architect designed in the minimalist style, mostly boxes with flat roofs, but a few dares to step out of the box with gabled or shed or v-shaped roofs. There are houses for every budget, from low-cost prefabs to luxurious, custom built houses…-Carol Stee

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Forty-two houses are profiled in this book, ranging in size from 6.5 sq. m./ 70 sq. ft. to 294 sq. m./3,165 sq. ft. More than half the houses are over 120 sq. m./1,300 sq. ft., so they aren’t necessarily small. They are architect designed in the minimalist style, mostly boxes with flat roofs, but a few dares to step out of the box with gabled or shed or v-shaped roofs. There are houses for every budget, from low-cost prefabs to luxurious, custom built houses…-Carol Stee

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Tiny Houses by Mimi Ziegler

Embracing tiny house living requires courage and specific reasons why living in a tiny house is the right thing to do. This book features tiny house designs ranging from treehouses to floating houses. It also has a huge collection of modular and prefab homes.

Tiny Houses by Mimi Ziegler

Embracing tiny house living requires courage and specific reasons why living in a tiny house is the right thing to do. This book features tiny house designs ranging from treehouses to floating houses. It also has a huge collection of modular and prefab homes.

If you’re a fan of tiny houses, but grow weary of seeing the same old, boring-ass, cookie-cutter designs dreamed up by tasteless hippies… this is the book for you. It’s brilliant. It shows the perfect matchings between form and functionality. It basically shows you via well-taken photographs that a person can have a tiny, eco-friendly, functional home; yet still, retain an element of personal style and chic form…-David Gustavson

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If you’re a fan of tiny houses, but grow weary of seeing the same old, boring-ass, cookie-cutter designs dreamed up by tasteless hippies… this is the book for you. It’s brilliant. It shows the perfect matchings between form and functionality. It basically shows you via well-taken photographs that a person can have a tiny, eco-friendly, functional home; yet still, retain an element of personal style and chic form…-David Gustavson

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Michael Janzen has been designing tiny houses for over a decade! Inside 101 Tiny House Designs, he shares diverse designs for tiny homes that range from 12 to 32 feet long. We recommend using his ideas as building blocks for your ideal tiny house.

Michael Janzen has been designing tiny houses for over a decade! Inside 101 Tiny House Designs, he shares diverse designs for tiny homes that range from 12 to 32 feet long. We recommend using his ideas as building blocks for your ideal tiny house.

Table of Contents

  • 12-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 14-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 16-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 18-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 20-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 22-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 24-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 28-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 32-foot Tiny House Designs

Table of Contents

  • 12-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 14-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 16-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 18-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 20-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 22-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 24-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 28-foot Tiny House Designs
  • 32-foot Tiny House Designs

Big fan of Michael’s work, already got the digital version and I love it so I had to get it in print too! Great way to brainstorm ideas for tiny or small house designs. If you love tiny homes and want to design your own someday, grab yourself a copy.. you’ll love it!…-Alex

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Big fan of Michael’s work, already got the digital version and I love it so I had to get it in print too! Great way to brainstorm ideas for tiny or small house designs. If you love tiny homes and want to design your own someday, grab yourself a copy.. you’ll love it!…-Alex

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TINY HOUSE PLANS

TINY HOUSE PLANS

We recommend this book to anyone who wants to downsize and live simply. This book has a lot of ideas for tiny house floor plans ranging from 8 ft x 12 ft to 12 ft x 24 ft in dimensions. You can use the floor plans in this book to build your tiny house or just steal some ideas for re-organizing your existing house. Tiny House Floor Plans contains blueprint style layouts and no colored photos.

We recommend this book to anyone who wants to downsize and live simply. This book has a lot of ideas for tiny house floor plans ranging from 8 ft x 12 ft to 12 ft x 24 ft in dimensions. You can use the floor plans in this book to build your tiny house or just steal some ideas for re-organizing your existing house. Tiny House Floor Plans contains blueprint style layouts and no colored photos.

Table of Contents

  • 8 x 12
  • 8 x 16
  • 8 x 20
  • 8 x 24
  • 8 x 28
  • 8 x 32
  • 12 x 12
  • 12 x 12 + LOFT
  • 12 x 16
  • 12 x 16 + LOFT
  • 12 x 20
  • 12 x 20 + LOFT
  • 12 x 24
  • 12 x 24 + LOFT

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  • 8 x 12
  • 8 x 16
  • 8 x 20
  • 8 x 24
  • 8 x 28
  • 8 x 32
  • 12 x 12
  • 12 x 12 + LOFT
  • 12 x 16
  • 12 x 16 + LOFT
  • 12 x 20
  • 12 x 20 + LOFT
  • 12 x 24
  • 12 x 24 + LOFT

Even though there were poo-pooz about similar variations and lack of structural design from actual engineer designers, I still purchased this book and am so relieved. I have flipped through about 1/4 of the pages and have ideas popping up in how much of my white-out I will use to tweak some of these. It’s best to look at every single one since ideas have come forth for me in even the smallest of design. This book has proved to me that living in a home that is only 7+ feet wide (from the inside dimensions) can be done and in many variations…-JAVA06

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Even though there were poo-pooz about similar variations and lack of structural design from actual engineer designers, I still purchased this book and am so relieved. I have flipped through about 1/4 of the pages and have ideas popping up in how much of my white-out I will use to tweak some of these. It’s best to look at every single one since ideas have come forth for me in even the smallest of design. This book has proved to me that living in a home that is only 7+ feet wide (from the inside dimensions) can be done and in many variations…-JAVA06

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This book contains more than 50 different designs to inspire you. The author talks about a modular approach to cabin design as well as tips on optimizing your building materials, utilities, and appliances. This book doesn’t dive very deep into any one subject, yet it is still an incredible resource for design and architecture ideas.

This book contains more than 50 different designs to inspire you. The author talks about a modular approach to cabin design as well as tips on optimizing your building materials, utilities, and appliances. This book doesn’t dive very deep into any one subject, yet it is still an incredible resource for design and architecture ideas.

Table of Contents

  • Good Living In Small Spaces
  • 50 Designs For Compact Cabins
  • Design: Architecture, Logistics, Environment
  • A Modular Approach To Cabin Design
  • Using Manufactured Structural Components
  • Getting The Most From Building Materials
  • Compact & Efficient Utilities & Appliances
  • Energy Independence
  • Alphabetical Listing Plans

Table of Contents

  • Good Living In Small Spaces
  • 50 Designs For Compact Cabins
  • Design: Architecture, Logistics, Environment
  • A Modular Approach To Cabin Design
  • Using Manufactured Structural Components
  • Getting The Most From Building Materials
  • Compact & Efficient Utilities & Appliances
  • Energy Independence
  • Alphabetical Listing Plans

As the title says, I own over twenty cabin books. This is by far my favorite design/floor plan book. It has 50+ different designs. The review about it simply being a series of identical designs with “expensive bump outs” and “no use of lofts” apparently didn’t look at more than a few designs, nor read the actual text of the book. In the second half, the author addresses adding more floor-space cheaply by using lofts for sleeping areas. There are only a few designs with bump-outs, and if you don’t like them, turn the page!…-Andrew

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As the title says, I own over twenty cabin books. This is by far my favorite design/floor plan book. It has 50+ different designs. The review about it simply being a series of identical designs with “expensive bump outs” and “no use of lofts” apparently didn’t look at more than a few designs, nor read the actual text of the book. In the second half, the author addresses adding more floor-space cheaply by using lofts for sleeping areas. There are only a few designs with bump-outs, and if you don’t like them, turn the page!…-Andrew

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The Big Book of Small Home Plans has a collection of guides regarding downsizing or living tiny, as well as tips on maximizing small spaces while living comfortably.

There are more than 360 plans – along with detailed blueprints and material lists – included in this book for building homes under 1,200 square feet. The plans cover different styles, including the Craftsman, Country, Contemporary, and Traditional styles. You will gain practical knowledge on organizing and using storage in a smart way.

The Big Book of Small Home Plans has a collection of guides regarding downsizing or living tiny, as well as tips on maximizing small spaces while living comfortably.

There are more than 360 plans – along with detailed blueprints and material lists – included in this book for building homes under 1,200 square feet. The plans cover different styles, including the Craftsman, Country, Contemporary, and Traditional styles. You will gain practical knowledge on organizing and using storage in a smart way.

Table of Contents

  • Over 360 Plans To Select From For Building A Variety Of Small Homes 1,200 Square Feet Or Under
  • Easy-to-follow Construction Blueprints And Materials Lists Are Available For Each Project To Ensure Success
  • Variety Of Plans Including Cabins, Cottages, Small Homes, And Tiny Houses In Craftsman, Country, Contemporary, And Traditional Styles
  • Includes Helpful Advice On Rightsizing Your Home, And Maximizing Your Living Space With Organization, Decorating, And Storage Solutions
  • Practical Do-it-yourself Guide Helps Save Money, Making Planning And Cost Estimating Easier When Building The Small Home Of Your Dreams

Table of Contents

  • Over 360 Plans To Select From For Building A Variety Of Small Homes 1,200 Square Feet Or Under
  • Easy-to-follow Construction Blueprints And Materials Lists Are Available For Each Project To Ensure Success
  • Variety Of Plans Including Cabins, Cottages, Small Homes, And Tiny Houses In Craftsman, Country, Contemporary, And Traditional Styles
  • Includes Helpful Advice On Rightsizing Your Home, And Maximizing Your Living Space With Organization, Decorating, And Storage Solutions
  • Practical Do-it-yourself Guide Helps Save Money, Making Planning And Cost Estimating Easier When Building The Small Home Of Your Dreams

Great read, lots of ideas here. Highly recommend. It’s great to finally well-done designs in common sense sizes. Excellent purchase…-Motoretro

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Great read, lots of ideas here. Highly recommend. It’s great to finally well-done designs in common sense sizes. Excellent purchase…-Motoretro

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If you’re thinking of embarking on a backyard building project, then Jay Shafer’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses is indispensable. It includes detailed guidelines on how to start building your tiny house in your backyard. As an added bonus, this book has a collection of photos of buildings that Jay Shafer designed.

If you’re thinking of embarking on a backyard building project, then Jay Shafer’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses is indispensable. It includes detailed guidelines on how to start building your tiny house in your backyard. As an added bonus, this book has a collection of photos of buildings that Jay Shafer designed.

Table of Contents

  • Committed To Less
  • Plans For Tiny Houses And Box Bungalows
  • Tiny House Portfolio
  • How To Build A Tiny House

Table of Contents

  • Committed To Less
  • Plans For Tiny Houses And Box Bungalows
  • Tiny House Portfolio
  • How To Build A Tiny House

Step away from the ticky tacky! These tiny homes are excellent. If you are going to build a structure anyway, why not go an extra step beyond OSB covered studs and build something worth keeping. The construction details are not exactly engineered drawings, but the pictures are awesome and will provide inspiration for your own plans. Using this book will assume you can already build a structure but the spectrum of ideas served me well and I do recommend the purchase…-Susie q

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Step away from the ticky tacky! These tiny homes are excellent. If you are going to build a structure anyway, why not go an extra step beyond OSB covered studs and build something worth keeping. The construction details are not exactly engineered drawings, but the pictures are awesome and will provide inspiration for your own plans. Using this book will assume you can already build a structure but the spectrum of ideas served me well and I do recommend the purchase…-Susie q

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