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Tiny Homes

Simple Shelter
Paperback Book
Shelter Publications
November, 2011
$44.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This is a spectacular book, no kidding! It’s our first major building book since Builders of the Pacific Coast was published in 2008. Like our other building books, it has at least 1000 photos, along with stories, interviews, and insights from people who have chosen to scale back in the 21st century.

These days, homeowners, designers, architects (no less), road gypsies, water dwellers, dreamers, people of all ages, all over the world are making do creatively with under-500 sq. ft. shelters. This is a real and powerful alternative to high rents, or a lifelong obligation to a bank on an overpriced home.

The heart of our 1973 book Shelter was on small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one’s own living space. Now, almost 40 years later, there's a significant tiny house movement all over the world—which we've been tracking over the past year.

John Field sold his 2800 sq. ft. house in upstate New York and built a 128 ft. cabin in the high
Texas desert. The “Lady on the Road” (who wishes to remain anonymous), has been living full-time in a highly decorated bus since she was 51 (she's now 72). A couple in
British Columbia
have a houseboat with adjacent floating garden. A rustic cabin has been built on a remote beach in Mendocino, reachable only by boat. A lot of small houses have been built on trailers, so they can be moved around and don't necessarily require land ownership.

More and more people are living in buses, trucks, houseboats, and other movable shelters. There are a large number of prefabs and kits now available. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the “capsules” in
. There are numerous websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny houses.

These pocket-sized cabins, houseboats, buses, trucks, and prefabs display a winning and an envy-provoking simplicity. Tiny Homes can win you over with even a casual browse and it reminds us that the rest of the world is still out there.

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