Spurred on by the collapse of the housing market, a crappy economy and a desire to leave a smaller footprint, this movement is gaining strength and numbers. Jay Schafer’s book, Small House Book, is like a beacon to everyone. Not just a coffee table book to collect dust, but an idea book to pore over during every available second, daydreaming of the opportunity should it come. Featuring over 22 plans for tiny houses, it’s great for determing how small you can realistically go and what you give up in a small space. Some plans call for a permanent foundation while others allow you to build on a trailer axel frame and make the entire house mobile. Think of it as build-your-own-RV-week.
Jay is an unofficial, yet eloquent, spokesperson for everything small. His book is fabulous, His designs and floor plans are even better. In fact, complete strangers can connect with him or his staff on his website or Facebook page and ask questions as needed. If you are unsure about compostable toilets, ask away. Have questions about solar panels, they can help.