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Once There Was a Teeny Tiny House

by Carla Sarratt on 2017-12-04T08:00:00-05:00

 

By Heather Hall, Library Assistant, Main Library

 

Tiny homes are all the rage these days. I love to watch Tiny House Hunters when I have the opportunity. The fact that one can cram a family of 7 into a 600 square foot home always seems like something of a miracle to me.

Tiny house designs vary in such interesting and innovative ways. I am fascinated by the designer’s efforts to utilize every inch of space to maximum advantage. Of course, having remodeled a couple of homes myself (well, my husband does most of the work, but I help design and do most of the grunt work!) I naturally love to criticize the spatial and engineering choices of the home builders. I also critique the sanity levels of some of the folks who choose the tiny house option. It is hard for me to imagine living with others in such teeny tiny quarters! Would you want to share a quarter bath with everyone in your household?

But there is another part of me that thinks that I could do the tiny house thing. I have only my husband, myself, and my teeny tiny, but full grown cat, Twinkie, to accommodate. We could build the house ourselves. After all, I am a demon with a chop saw! No mortgage, the opportunity to live in many different locales, simplicity, more money to spend in ways that we would truly enjoy, minimal environmental impact …...

There is a tiny house hunter in me, and I’ll bet that there is a tiny house hunter in you as well! In these politically and technologically crazy times, simple living has a powerful allure. The library can satisfy all of your tiny house cravings with a wide variety of resources. Check them out and dream tiny!

 

Here are some great little reads!

Dee Williams's life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored. The perks -- multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with top-of-the-line appliances -- couldn't compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury -- time -- that would come with downsizing. 

 

 

Tiny House Living (in less than 400 square feet) is about distilling life down to that which you value most...freeing yourself from clutter, mortgages and home maintenance...and, in doing so, making more room in everyday life for the really important things, like relationships, passions and community.

 

 

 

 

Focusing on dwelling spaces all under 1,000 square feet, Tiny Houses aims to challenge readers to take a look at their own homes and consider how much space they actively use.
Ranging from tree houses to floating houses, Tiny Houses features an international collection of over thirty modular and prefab homes, each one embodying "microgreen living," defined as the creation of tiny homes where people challenge themselves to live "greener" lives. By using a thoughtful application of green living principles, renewable resources for construction, and clever ingenuity, these homes exemplify sustainable living at its best.

Little House on a Small Planet is a guidebook to this movement, and an invitation to join. Author Shay Salomon offers fourteen basic principles for the design and habitation of efficient, high-density homes. These principles outline the invisible supports of a happy home, set within the context of a future, more caring society. With floor plans, photographs, advice, and anecdotes, this book asks, and answers, "What fills a home when the excess is cut away, and how do we get there from here?"

 

 

 

If cabins make you think of lumberjacks...of Camp Grenada, circa 1974...of Deliverance...then you need a copy of Superb Cabins. Paul Bunyan would be proud to call any of these twenty-five magnificent cabins home for himself and Babe. Each cabin has been designed to maximize limited living spaces and create a warm, appealing place for living, relaxing, and entertaining. Full-color photographs, ground plans and sketches, and in-depth technical commentary by the architects themselves make these cabins truly inviting for design professionals everywhere.

 

 

I also highly recommend the following, available in DVD, or through Films on Demand.

                                                                     

                     DVD                                                                                                               eFilm

 

A look inside the lives of self-proclaimed "Tiny Housers" who have built small homes stripped to their bare essentials so that they may live without financial burdens and reduce their carbon footprints while realizing their dreams of living in exotic locales, including the mountains of Colorado.

 

And just to be silly……. If you want to learn about tiny houses, the following books, despite their names, will not be of any help whatsoever. But, they are pretty and fun to read anyway.

 

                           

 


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