Ten huge resources for anyone who wants to build a tiny house
Paying rent in a bloated market isn't working for you? Have the piles of stuff you've hoarded in your closets finally forced you to scream: "I'm ready for a purge"? Maybe you just want to live a simple, green life? If you are ready to start thinking about building a tiny house of your own (see this week's cover story, Could Tiny Houses Solve a Big Problem in Denver?), here are some of our favorite books and websites to get you going.
By Tammy Strobel, Creative Commons While tiny-house enthusiasts may live small, they publish huge quantities of books and websites each year.
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When Dee Williams was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and confronted her own mortality, she decided to redesign her life and dedicate herself to the things she believed in: green living and the people she loved. So she ditched her massive house for a self-built, 84-square-foot home on wheels. Her book tells her story and offers some instructional tips to boot.
If you're having trouble wrapping your head around what your tiny house might look like, Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter provides over 1,300 color photos gleaned from thousands of websites. The book focuses on abodes smaller than 550 square feet and features 150 DIY builders from rural and urban areas alike, covering everything from size and price to materials.
Future builders looking for a step-by-step manual for crafting your own tiny home should pick up Dan Louche's Tiny House Design and Construction Guide. Itemizing the necessary tools and materials and covering the basics of plumbing, electrical, roofing and framing, this book has everything you need to get started on drawing up your own design.
Kent Griswold's Tiny House Blog has been running strong since 2007. The growing organization now has an editorial staff and features stories of tiny housers, inspirational photos, plans for sale, a magazine, a calendar of workshops and a well-stocked store with resources galore.
The Tiny House Design website hosts a variety of tiny house plans, some for free and some to purchase. If you are interested in designing your own home, the site provides a ton of tips, including instruction in how to use Google SketchUp to create your plans, how to construct a composting toilet and how to build a solar wall heater from recycled cans.
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