Based on the successful blog, Living Large in Our Little House, the book is a practical and inspirational memoir about the joy and freedom of tiny house living.
Traditionally, the American Dream has included owning a house, and until recently that meant the bigger the better. McMansions have flourished in suburbs across the country, and as houses got bigger we filled them with more stuff. Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell had been subconsciously trying to live up to this American Dream when circumstances forced her and her husband into a 480-square foot house in the woods. What was supposed to be a writing cabin and guest house became their full-time abode and they quickly discovered that they had serendipitously discovered a better way of life...
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The book does just what it aims to...helps readers see how you can LIVE LARGE in the SMALLEST of surroundings. It's not about having the most; it's about DOING the most with what you have.
I can totally get behind the concept of living off the grid (to a degree) and not getting oneself into debt to achieve the "American Dream"...I'm pretty sure most of you out there could as well. The common denominator for most of the tiny houses represented within this work is acreage. That's right. Land, land, and more land; the trick is only occupying a small part of it with a semi-permanent dwelling and utilizing the rest of it to not feel claustrophobic. I'm sorry but when they were talking about living in a 97 square foot abode, I was certainly curious to SEE it, but live in it? Umm, can I take a rain check?
|Cool built-in options including storage under the stairs, refrigerator,|
bookcases, and loft bedding maximize space in these little dwellings.
Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell is a journalist and author who has written a column on small space living for Parade.com. She’s also written on small space living for Mother Earth News and Realtor.com and has been interviewed extensively on her tiny house expertise. Her work has also appeared in Audubon Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo! News, MSN.com and NBC Digital’s pet channel. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Society of American Travel Writers, and the Society of Environmental Journalists, a past national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a past president of the Kansas City Press Club, Kerri’s other writing specialties includes animals and pets, business, travel, and the environment. She loves boating and fishing, hiking, and spending time with her husband of 30 years and their dogs. Kerri lives an intentional life with an eye toward sustainability in a 480-square-foot cabin in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and five “recycled” (rescue) mutts, which she documents on her blog, Living Large in Our Little House.
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