Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities

Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities


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The essential guidebook to planning, building, renovating, and inhabiting an ecofriendly small house

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone who has ever dreamed of getting off the mortgage rat race and creating not just a house, but a cozy nest that fits—this is the book! Every page is an inspiration. . . . There is something here that will fit nearly every lifestyle.”
—Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide

“Salomon offers the savviest plan I’ve read for figuring out what house you really need. . . . Her questions have forced me to rethink so much.”
—Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press

“Little House on a Small Planet is the emergency user’s guide needed by humanity at this moment of global environmental crisis.”
—Gregory Paul Johnson, President of the Small House Society

“The photographs alone are worth the price of this book. . . . [The] writing is clear, enjoyable, and inspiring.”
—Jack Challem, best-selling author of Syndrome X

Little House on a Small Planet is a guidebook and an invitation. With floor plans, photographs, advice, and anecdotes, this unique book asks and answers, “What fills a home when the excess is cut away, and how do we get there from here?”

You’ll discover how to:

 • Build, remodel, redecorate, or just rethink your needs
 • Think, sometimes literally, outside the box
 • Live close and simple
 • Apply spiritual and social solutions to your material desires

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599217956
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Shay Salomon is a carpenter who has built several tiny houses, a construction manager, and a workshop leader. She and Nigel Valdez visited more than a hundred homes while researching this book.

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juniperSun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent idea book to encourage thinking outside of the box when it comes to housing--both literally and metaphorically. While most of the text is devoted to examples of people who are happy with less, Salomon does acknowledge that some people are naturally hoarders (such as myself), and reminds us to think of non-heated/conditioned space for housing our stuff. Also we are reminded to pass this book on to someone else who can use it, rather than letting it sit unused.Little House is about more than building size, it addresses current nuclear family social structure with examples of grandparents sharing a house, how to give teens the privacy and independence they need, co-housing where common gathering spaces are shared, or units built with shared walls to conserve heat and leave open more space for yard/play/garden. This leads to another important topic: that kids need outdoor space more than toys. Not all the buildings in this book are aesthetically pleasing to me, and not much information is given on materials or techniques, but there are numerous floor plans showing how people made a 500-1000 sq ft house liveable. One idea is to make the toilet room separate from tub/shower so the toilet isn't tied up if someone wants a long soak. Or tiling the whole room so it is essentially all a shower and avoids wasting space with doors.