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Little House on A Small Planet

Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities
Salomon, Shay (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Living small frees up the mind, the wallet, and the soul. As economic uncertainties loom large, and the evidence mounts that humans are responsible for much of global warming, the "new" trend is beginning to seem old: new subdivisions filled with McMansions, the friend of a friend's childless brother who just added on a third bedroom. Many of us have suffered the consequences of an inflated mortgage, an unmanageable construction project, or a house simply too large to keep clean. Will our dream home always be a celebration of excess, and a drain on our lives? Some wise people buck the trend. They build, remodel, redecorate, or just rethink their needs--prudently and calmly constructing a joyful, sane life around themselves. They think, sometimes literally, outside the box, and they live close, warm, and simple, applying spiritual and social solutions to their material desires. Pockets of people all over America are realizing the benefits of scaling down. They are designing a new dream, one that reunites extended families, makes space for friends, and emphasizes home life over home maintenance. Little House on a Small Planetis a guidebook to this movement, and an invitation to join. Author Shay Salomon offers fourteen basic principles for the design and habitation of efficient, high-density homes. These principles outline the invisible supports of a happy home, set within the context of a future, more caring society. With floor plans, photographs, advice, and anecdotes, this book asks, and answers, "What fills a home when the excess is cut away, and how do we get there from here?"
Authors: Salomon, Shay
Title: Little house on a small planet
simple homes, cozy retreats, and energy efficient possibilities
Publisher: Guilford, Ct. : Lyons Press, c2010
Edition: 2nd ed
Characteristics: xvii, 267 p. , [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.),28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Shay Salomon ; photographys by Nigel Valdez ; [foreword by Frances Moore Lappé]
Additional Contributors: Valdez, Nigel - Photographer
Lappé, Frances Moore
ISBN: 9781599217956
1599217953
Branch Call Number: 728.37 S174L 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical reference (p. 253-259) and index
Subject Headings: Small houses
Topical Term: Small houses
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Pockets of people all over America are realizing the benefits of scaling down. They are designing a new dream, one that reunites extended families, makes space for friends, and emphasizes home life over home maintenance.


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Feb 04, 2014
  • deneler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent starting point for those interested in living small. Little House on a Small Planet covers everything, or at least a little bit of everything. There are a large variety of homes showcased, with homeowners at various points of their life cycle (proving tiny homes aren't just for singles and retirees!). There are tips for new builds, and older home renovations. For most house situations, there are suggestions on how to reduce your environmental impact and live small. I do wish their could be more examples of homes in colder climates. Living in a tiny house has less impact when the majority of your living space is in a large yard where you can spend most of your time. Canadians want to live small too!

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