Thursday, August 27, 2020

Building Your Tiny House Dream: Create and Build a Tiny House with Your Own Hands

Building Your Tiny House Dream is a tutorial and pictorial guide to tiny house living by Chris Schapdick. Due out 1st Oct 2020 from Fox Chapel on their Creative Homeowner imprint, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback format.

There are so many good reasons to simplify our lives: using fewer of the limited resources, reducing our imprint on the earth, personal economy, the desire to live a debt free life, This is a surprisingly inspiring and complete handbook for planning, resourcing supplies, and building a camper style tiny ("gypsy caravan") home.

The book has a no-nonsense, no-frills layout. The introduction includes a gallery of features included in this build. The first main section provides a good overview of what tiny house living entails, some background bio from the author himself, what the tiny house "scene" looks like currently and an overview over what it's actually like to live in a tiny home.

The second part covers the nuts and bolts of the actual build including a well photographed step by step tutorial: building the shell, designing and carrying out decorating and choosing features, and possibilities/challenges with kitchen and bathroom. There are also a number of sample floorplans showing various uses for the finished build.

The author has included a number of useful appendices such as resources (with lots of links), a short bibliography, checklists, and an index.

This is a very useful and practical handbook. It would be a good choice for handy builders, self sufficiency readers, DIY folks, dreamers, and similar.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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