A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-Right Houses by Patricia ForemanA Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-Right Houses by Patricia Foreman

A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-Right Houses

byPatricia Foreman

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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 ...
Title:A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-Right HousesFormat:PerfectProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:New Society PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0865718903

ISBN - 13:9780865718906


Table of Contents

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
    Empty Nesters
    Boomerangs and Nest Returners
    Preretirement and Retirees
    The Sandwich Generation
    Semi-Assisted Living Individuals
    Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family
    Single Professionals
    Separated or Divorced
    Couples Who Make Better Neighbors than Housemates
    Single Parents With (or Without) Kids
    Physically Challenged
    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
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
Dining and Work Tables
Underfloor Bath Tubs
Underfloor Storage
Pet Areas
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
    Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks (AAC)
    Fiber Cement Siding
    Engineered Siding
    Roofing Choices
    Floor Joists and Roof Trusses
    Exterior Sheathing and Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
    Air Filtration
    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
Tiny House Glossary & Evolving Definitions
Resource Guide
Bibliography and References
About the Author
A Note about the Publisher

Editorial Reviews

"Anyone who wants to live small — but comfortably — on our delicate planet should snap up this fantastic guide. Packed with persuasive in-depth case studies, tips, and practical floor plans, the book begs the question, "Do you really need all that space?" Tiny homes are a unique, 21st-century way for us all to live within our means, and in modest but unique fashion."— Rebecca Martin, Group Editor,Mother Earth News and Grit"To call A Tiny Home to Call Your Own the bible of tiny house living would not be an overstatement. In a well thought out and organized manner, this book covers everything that one should think about when deciding whether or not to live in a tiny house and how to go about doing it. For most people the idea of"going tiny" is overwhelming and daunting. I believe this book could be one of the most potent tools to help someone overcome the challenges to achieve their tiny house dreams. I only wish that I had this book when I built my tiny house!"— Rob Greenfield, author, Dude Making a Difference"Pat has written an engaging and informative guide for those who wish to consider living lighter on the land and lighter on their budgets, with step by step instructions and documented case studies. We are challenged to examine our own values as part of the design process. Our perfect home may not resemble the one constructed in our mind by our preconceived notions. This book clearly demonstrates that we can indeed live large on a small footprint. Whether the right size house for you is a tiny house or something larger, this book will guide you through the critical steps to create a dwelling that is exactly what you need ... nothing more, nothing less ... a perfect home."— Heidi Louisa Schweizer, architect & general contractor, LEED AP – BD&C