Do you feel as though you're living in an expensive and ill-fitting home filled with too much stuff? A Tiny Home to Call Your Own examines the hows and whys of tiny-home living, and will help you assess whether it's the right for you by examining all aspects of tiny house living and exploring and array of living spaces.
Unfetter and unclutter your life by learning how and why to transition to a tiny home
Do you feel as though you're living in an expensive and ill-fitting home filled with too much stuff? Do you have too much space filled with too many things, constantly dealing with house maintenance and financial upkeep? Living in a tiny home could be the solution. But how do you know?
Tiny house guru Pat Foreman examines the hows and whys of tiny-home living, to help you assess whether it's the right solution for you. A Tiny Home to Call Your Own examines:
The many uses of tiny homes for all age groups and different socio-economic levels
How smaller homes can buy you time, financial freedom, and an unfettered lifestyle
Stuff-ology: understanding what things do and do not serve you
Ecology and the Tiny House movement
Pre-existing tiny house communities.
From newlyweds to empty-nesters, downsizers to retirees, and everyone in between, A Tiny Home to Call Your Own will help you to find and create the living space and housing you love and that will serve you and your future.
Pat Foreman is a pharmacist, sustainable agricultural activist, local foods advocate, and popular speaker. She was a class A contractor in Virginia and co-owned the United States' first tiny-house construction company. Pat has been widely published in major national magazines including Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and BackHome Magazine, and is a popular guest on local and national radio and television talk shows. She has degrees in Pharmacy and Animal Sciences, and has her Masters of Public Affairs (MPA). Pat served as a Science Officer for the United Nations in Vienna and has worked in over 30 countries conducting workshops and providing consulting services. She currently lives in a very small home in Richmond, Indiana.
Introduction Recipe for a Tiny Home What to Add and What to Leave Out
Chapter 1: Is a Tiny Home Right for You? People Who Might be Interested in Tiny Homes Downsizers Empty Nesters Boomerangs and Nest Returners Preretirement and Retirees The Sandwich Generation Semi-Assisted Living Individuals Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family Single Professionals Newlyweds Separated or Divorced Couples Who Make Better Neighbors than Housemates Single Parents With (or Without) Kids Nannies Physically Challenged Fixed-Incomers In-Betweeners Hermit-prone Individuals Everyone Else Uses for Tiny Homes Extra Private Guest Rooms Starter Homes Student Housing Bed and Breakfast Expansion Rental Income Home Office and Professional Space Workshop for Hobbies, Pottery, Forge, Quilting, or Crafts Home Gym Extended Home Care Pout House Men's Caves Away Space Recreational and Vacation Getaways Retreat Centers with Private Cottages
Chapter 2: Tiny Homes Can Help You Have More Time, More Freedom, and More Money How a Tiny Home Can Promote an Improved Way of Life Eight Ways You Can Save Money by Building a Tiny Home
Chapter 3: Real Life Examples of Tiny Homes and the People Who Love Them Case Study 1: Terri Bsullak's Tiny Home Case Study 2: The Lane's Shed Home Case Study 3: Ray Pealer's Tiny House Trade Station Case Study 4: The Campbells' Combined Workshop and Garden Shed - Call It Anything But a House Case Study 5: Uncle Gene's Tiny Shed Home
Chapter 4: Tiny Houses We Have Built Andy's Weekender More Room for Guests Sun Block House Virginia Guest Cottage
Chapter 5: Tiny Homes to Go Lessons From the RV and Boating Industries Park Trailers Copper Top Cabin New England Style Tiny House Small Log Cabin Homes Tumbleweed Tiny Homes
Chapter 6: Expanding A Tiny Home with Do-It-Yourself Construction The Transformation Things to Consider Advantages of Do-It-Yourself Deciding On, Drawing, and Permitting Your Plans Once Upon a Plan Drawing and Redrawing Your Plans Permitting Your Plans - Hopefully Only Once Preparing a Budget and Schedule Money Time Learning How to Do-It-Yourself Living and Surviving in Construction The Dangers of Construction Common Sense Safety
Chapter 7: Clutter Control and Stuffology Redundancy Causes Chaos Destuffing Plans Closets and Stuff in Tiny Houses Garages, Stuff, and Clutter Control Building a Garage Apartment to Live in Before Building Your Main House Deciding What Stuff Serves You Ways to Find New Homes For Stuff - Profitably Organizing Stuff
Chapter 8: Tiny House Furniture Beds Dining and Work Tables Underfloor Bath Tubs Underfloor Storage Pet Areas Shelves Doors for Storage Space Ottoman Footstools Coffee Tables with Storage
Chapter 9: Ecology and the Tiny House Movement Ecological Areas of Concern Ramifications of Large Houses Alternatives to Building with Wood Bamboo Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks (AAC) Fiber Cement Siding Engineered Siding Roofing Choices Floor Joists and Roof Trusses Exterior Sheathing and Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Insulation Air Filtration Paints Exterior Decking and Trex
Chapter 10: Rainwater Harvesting From Your Tiny Home Water Needs and Harvesting Ability How Much Water Can You Harvest From Your Roof? Locating Your Storage Tanks Storing Harvested Water In Ponds
Chapter 11: Building Tiny House Communities and Conservation Subdivisions Conservation Subdivision Design Step 1. Aerial Photograph and Two-Foot Contour Topographical Map Step 2. Identifying All Potential Conservation Areas Step 3. Locating the House Sites Step 4. Designing the Road Alignments Step 5. Locating Septic Sites and Wells Step 6. Drawing Lot Lines Being a Community The Dark Side of Community Living: Tragedy of the Commons Subdivision Design to Connect People Environmental Considerations and Home Characteristics Increased Appreciation and Premium Resale Values
Chapter 12: Can Tiny Houses Help House the Unhoused and Inappropriately Housed? Inappropriately Housed Housing the Unhoused Family and Friends in Short-Term Need Affordable Rentals Housing the Abused, Homeless, and Indigent
Frequently Asked Tiny House Questions Notes Tiny House Glossary & Evolving Definitions Resource Guide Bibliography and References Acknowledgements About the Author A Note about the Publisher
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