th_cover-648hThere is no denying that there is a grassroots movement in tiny home that is spreading faster than crabgrass in the southern sun! Thanks in part to the real estate collapse, the continued economic downturn, layoffs of sizable proportions, and just overall changes in attitude, people are beginning to seriously seek out an alternative to risky mortgages, high rents, and oversized homes. Enter Lloyd Kahns book TINY HOMES: Simple Shelter

Over a year since publication, TINY HOMES continues to be Shelter Publications top-selling book. That comes as no surprise though as the book contains some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, and created tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Some of those included are Deek Diedreksen, Tammy Strobel and Logan Smith, and Ann Holley; all friends of the r(E)volution. The other tiny homes include homes on land, homes on wheels, home on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also a number of studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.

With over 1,300 color photos, the book tells wonderful stories, shares thoughts and inspirations, and otherwise introduces us to some of the most interesting owner-builders on the front lines of the downsizing trend!

And the author? Well, Lloyd Kahn is an advocate, author, visionary, and all around good guy who in 1968 worked as Shelter editor on the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1973, he published the oversized book Shelter, which went on to sell over 250,000 copies! In 2004, Kahn published HomeWork: Handbuilt Shelter and then Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008. Kahn and his wife live and work in a small coastal town in Northern California.

And so now to celebrate a year on the bookshelves as well as to share our Valentine Love with all of you, we are giving away a FREE copy of TINY HOMES!


Tell us about your favorite tiny home. In less than 300 words leave a bit in the comment section of this post about your favorite tiny home. Perhaps it is one you saw online or in a magazine. What struck you about it? Why do you like it so much? Does it inspire you? Maybe it repulses you. Whatever the case, tell us. In fact, if you found it online, share a link with us!

An example:

In early 2001 I came across Evan and Gabby’s tiny house. I had just recently begun dreaming about a tiny house for my own wife and I. But something about the daily stories told – the adventures had – by Evan and Gabby as they built their tiny home just really captured me. It wasn’t so much the photos as it was the explanation, the reasoning, and the peace they had each step of the way. I think they are what made me realize I wouldn’t be happy in anything but a tiny house trailer. You can see their site here:

A winners will be announced on Monday, February 18 so comment away!



NOTE: Thumbnail image courtesy of HandyHappy on etsy