Top 5 Tiny House Books

Tiny House Living is a classic book on the subject, and the No. 1 best seller on Amazon. It
focuses on the tiniest of homes, 400 square feet or under. It includes tons of gorgeous, full
page, color photographs to inspire and show just how many designs are available for building
tiny homes. The homes featured in this book are both trailers and stationary buildings. In
addition to providing great inspiration in the form of photos, this book uses case studies to
discuss some of the important points that attract people to the tiny home lifestyle, including
voluntary simplicity, turning away from consumer culture, as well as aesthetics and design. Tiny
House Living is a long book at 170 pages and is an excellent resource for ideas, discussion and
Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet Paperback – July 14, 2014 by Ryan Mitchell

Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger is another inspiring title and makes a great conversation starter. The author focuses on homes under 1,000 square feet and features modular and prefab homes from all over the world, ranging from tree houses to floating homes and everything in between. The author challenges you to explore the concept of “microgreen living” and challenge yourself to find ways for you to live a “greener” life, using the case studies in this book as inspiration.

Tiny Houses Hardcover – March 24, 2009 by Mimi Zeiger  (Author)

The Big Tiny is a different kind of tiny house book. This is a memoir, the story of how author Dee Williams came to re-evaluate her life and priorities after a near-death experience, and eventually found peace through building and moving in to an 84-square-foot house. The book comes highly recommended with reviewers mentioning how funny, heart-warming and inspiring it is, not to mention well written. If you look through the review section on Amazon you will see how this story has changed peoples lives and set them on a path to finding greater simplicity in their own lives. This book is not heavy on photographs and does not talk about how to design, build or decorate a tiny house, but if you are looking for a great story that encompasses the tiny house lifestyle, this is the book for you.
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir Hardcover – April 22, 2014 by Dee Williams (Author)

Tiny Homes on the Move takes a good look at all of the different styles of tiny houses that are mobile and invite their owners to travel. It includes vans, camper shells, house trucks, buses, trailers, cycles, sailboats and houseboats. These kinds of tiny homes tend to be more practical and accessible than some of the highly designed, architectural models that are the focus of many tiny house books. Homes on wheels or in the water represent freedom, movement, and a lifestyle full of travel and adventure. These homes tend to be much smaller, with many as small as 100 sq feet or less. The extreme small size forces an even more stringent approach to minimalism and functional space saving design. This book is heavy on photographs and is great for inspiration and wanderlust!

Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water (The Shelter Library of Building Books) Paperback – May 20, 2014 by Lloyd Kahn  (Author)

Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter is another classic title by Lloyd Kahn, focusing on 150 individual homes that were built by their owners as an alternative to rents, mortgages and overpriced homes. This book is very heavy on photos, with over 1,300 full color pictures of homes on land, on wheels, on water, and in trees. It also features other kinds of small buildings such as studios, saunas, garden sheds and greenhouses. Along with the photos are stories, thoughts and inspirations shared by the builders and homeowners. This book has been around for almost 40 years now, and is a classic among the Tiny House community.

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter (The Shelter Library of Building Books) Paperback – January 24, 2012

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