The Big Tiny

Author: Dee Williams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101634715

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9386

Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing. Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

The Tiny House Movement

Author: Tracey Harris

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498557465

Category: Social Science

Page: 138

View: 2176

This book features in-depth interviews with movement residents, builders, and advocates, which the author uses to explore how the tiny house movement is challenging consumerism, overwork, and environmental destruction and facilitating a more meaningful understanding of home.

Sociology of Home

Author: Gillian Anderson,Joseph G. Moore,Laura Suski

Publisher: Canadian Scholars

ISBN: 1551309394

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 6698

This collection explores sociological analyses of home in Canada, drawing upon studies of family, urban and rural communities, migration and immigration, and other areas to discuss the idea of “home.” This volume, organized across three parts, moves from the micro-level of personal homemaking, to the meso-level of neighbourhood community, to the macro-level of political ecology. The contributors, both new and established scholars, draw upon a plurality of standpoints, including gendered, class-based, racialized, and Indigenous voices. It is the first Canadian collection of readings on the sociology of home.

How We Live Now

Author: Bella DePaulo,Bella M. DePaulo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1582704791

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 302

View: 7770

A close-up examination and exploration, How We Live Now challenges our old concepts of what it means to be a family and have a home, opening the door to the many diverse and thriving experiments of living in twenty-first century America. Across America and around the world, in cities and suburbs and small towns, people from all walks of life are redefining our “lifespaces”—the way we live and who we live with. The traditional nuclear family in their single-family home on a suburban lot has lost its place of prominence in contemporary life. Today, Americans have more choices than ever before in creating new ways to live and meet their personal needs and desires. Social scientist, researcher, and writer Bella DePaulo has traveled across America to interview people experimenting with the paradigm of how we live. In How We Live Now, she explores everything from multi-generational homes to cohousing communities where one’s “family” is made up of friends and neighbors to couples “living apart together” to single-living, and ultimately uncovers a pioneering landscape for living that throws the old blueprint out the window. Through personal interviews and stories, media accounts, and in-depth research, How We Live Now explores thriving lifespaces, and offers the reader choices that are freer, more diverse, and more attuned to our modern needs for the twenty-first century and beyond.

A House and its Atmosphere

Author: Ben Jacks


ISBN: 1683150058

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

View: 4264

A House and its Atmosphere is a meditative essay about the experience of designing and building a house of one¿s own. Told in seventy black and white photographs and a series of narrative excursions, architect Ben Jacks reflects on a lifetime of influences as he reveals the personal nature of inhabiting a place at the edge of a tidal cove on an island in Maine. In the book he quietly advocates for the simple logic and modest ease of direct experience and an observational perspective in architecture. In chapters about imagining, walking, and designing Ben Jacks reflects on the essence of architectural experience, describing what it is like to begin to make momentous decisions, arguing that aesthetic experience is the result of how one has learned to see. Memory, family, nature, relationships, and work inform design at every step. A House and its Atmosphere is a grounded story about designing and building a small work of architecture. With students of architecture and amateur builders in mind, Ben Jacks makes a case for design informed by theories of place-identification, detail, and craft. The book is a primary source and a chronicle of experience of radical empiricism. As such it offers a kind of conceptual tool kit for those interested in thinking about the processes of architecture, designing, and placemaking. The book is a fresh and valuable contribution to the shelter memoir genre, from a professional architect¿s perspective.

The Big Tiny House

Author: Dallas Dellavalle

Publisher: Independently Published



Page: 26

View: 3111

One of the greatest benefits of a tiny home is cost savings. Because space is so much smaller than the average house, you'll have lower electricity bills, smaller monthly payments, and lower upkeep costs. On top of that, the house will cost less to buy upfront, or have lower rental payments. Without any previous building experience, I decided to build a tiny house on wheels. It took just about a year and 11,000 dollars to build a new home. This book gives you a step-by-step guide on how I built my tiny house. It also provides tips that I wish I had known before I started building and includes my experience with the building process, minimizing, and how my life has changed since building my house.

Leave Me Alone

Author: Christian Hull

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1761061364

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8041

The hilarious, no-filter memoir from beloved comedian and social media star Christian Hull. 'I loved it! You'll binge read it! It's un-put-down-able! Seriously funny.' TANYA HENNESSY Christian Hull is a hardcore introvert. He loves being a little bit famous for his videos, but at the end of the day he's a lone wolf - one who's more interested in Caramilk on the couch than cocktails in the club. He's a strong believer in Netflix and chilling at home, alone; he's always the first to smokebomb social events, and he is in a committed relationship with his indoor plants. Christian tells his behind-the-scenes story with his signature, completely unapologetic honesty, from growing up with triplet brothers to building a career in comedy; from his fear of moths to some of his more daring Grindr sexcapades. He invites you into his personal creative universe, where wearing a wig to make random videos and screaming swearwords at resin pendants somehow turn out to be great decisions. Leave Me Alone is a story of breaking the mould and embracing exactly who you are, even if that means telling people to leave you the f**k alone. 'I only enjoyed the parts I was in . . . skip to Chapter 8!' EMMYLOU MACCARTHY

Songs of Myself

Author: Diane Scharper

Publisher: Woodholme House Pub

ISBN: 9781891521003

Category: Autobiographies

Page: 270

View: 2810


Author: Geological Survey of Canada

Publisher: N.A


Category: Geology

Page: 437

View: 991