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Tiny Homes, Simple Shelters reference book

Tiny Homes, Simple Shelters reference book is a great compendium of 218 pages of  inspiration, pictures, ideas and notes on how, why, and what makes this lifestyle so valuable and timely. If you have ever considered if you could live in and love a home under 500 sq. ft. then this book really showcases the benefits of no mortgage, no rent, owner built, little gems of homes built just as you need them.

The process of “scaling back in the 21st Century” can be a joy and an experience that is occurring all over the United States and the world.  Lloyd Kahn is an inspired leader in this movement – his energy and enthusiasm is so helpful to those of us wondering, what do we do next?


Tiny House – Building & Design Workshop

This next workshop is in Memphis, Tennessee! April 11-13th 2014
Hosted by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”
HGTV will be there covering the action and fun!
You will actually BUILD and DESIGN 2 cabins. Possibly in the opposite order.

More information about downsizing and Tiny Homes, that you’ll enjoy.

YES, they are small, less to clean, less to fix, less to fret about when you’d rather be hiking. Are you wishing to be off the GRID? This kind of conservative design can make it possible. — Jim Avery

At the show you’ll enjoy these Notable Tiny Home lovers and builders …. and others that could not stay away….

  • Steven Harrel — Tiny HouseListings.com
  • Joe Everson – TenneseeTinyHomes.com
  • Kent Griswold – TinyHouseBlog.com  and TinyHouseMagazine.com800SqFtHome
  • Dustin Diedricksen – a Small House Dweller who has appeared on several TV Shows
  • Lloyd Kahn — Author of Tiny Homes, Simple Shelters reference book



Downsizing your Home!

There are all sorts of ways to move into a more size appropriate home, some are more dramatic than others! Take a look at these possibilities and get inspired!

Pirate Ship House BoatDownsize with a theme! This is a Pirate Ship House Boat that is for sale. Asking Price $79,000

Location: St. Louis

Built on 50′ 1988 Gibson houseboat. Brand new twin 454s, Kohler generator, V drives. Holds 30 people, looks like a Hollywood set! Great as a live aboard…and an AWESOME party boat! 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Just surveyed for $110,00, will sell for $79,000 – trades considered. Call 314-477-5658.

Co-housing, Tiny Homes, Small Houses, and Not so Big Houses

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Co-Housing is an great option, in a community with intention. There are co-housing communities all over the United States, tours are available.  Each person owns their own home, community is space available and big decisions are made by the group. There is a spirit and “do-good” feeling about these housing groups that is really nice, the “be a good neighbor” idea is the key.

Tiny houses, Cottages and downsizing get so much press these days, there is a Wiki about it and several blogs. Check out this great book for more information, links and inspiration.

Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes – Simple Shelter is a nod to the current “grassroots to scale things back,” this book has 1300 photographs that help you experience this idea and 150 builders to contribute their creativity.  He is the author of Dome 2.

The Small House Book – this book shows two dozen beautiful small house plans, and the price tag for building such a small house is ~$20K.

The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka brings to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home – characteristics many people desire in their homes and their lives, but haven’t known how to verbalize. She has several books and discusses architecture and life in general. These books are AMAZING and INSPIRING.