Cover image for Micro living : 40 innovative tiny houses equipped for full-time living, in 400 square feet or less / by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen.
Micro living : 40 innovative tiny houses equipped for full-time living, in 400 square feet or less / by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2018]
Physical Description:
255 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Big tinies (over 250 square feet) -- The inside story: It isn't for everyone / by Andrew Odom -- Small tinies (150-250 square feet) -- The inside story: Real-world tips for tiny kitchen survival / by Michelle Boyle ; The inside story: Minimalism: getting it, and getting there / by Ryan Nicodemus -- Teeny tinies (under 150 square feet) -- The inside story: Before you build / by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen -- Bonus! The Cafam cabin framing plans.
Diedricksen designs and builds tiny houses. This time he focuses mainly on the "true tinies" but points out that striving toward simplicity is more than "going small." The act of scaling back, even a bit, can have time- and money-saving results. -- adapted from introduction.


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For everyone who's ever dreamed of simplifying their life and downsizing their home, Micro Living offers an insider's look at what tiny house living is really like. Best-selling author and tiny house enthusiast Derek "Deek" Diedricksen profiles 40 tiny - but practical - houses that are equipped for full-time living, all in 400 square feet or less. Detailed photography and a floor plan for each structure highlight inventive space-saving design features along with the nuts-and-bolts details of heating, cooling, electric, and plumbing systems. The real-life stories of residents highlight the pleasures, as well as the challenges, of day-to-day living. With tips on what to consider before you build, along with framing plans for a prototype small cabin, Micro Living is the perfect starter handbook for both dreamers and doers. AUTHOR: Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is the author of Micro Living and Microshelters. He hosts the YouTube channel RelaxshacksDOTcom and has hosted, built, and designed for the HGTV series Extreme Small Spaces and Tiny House Builders, as well as for the DIY Network. His work has been featured in numerous places in print and online, including NPR, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Seattle Times, the Wall Street Journal, Make magazine,, and Apartment Therapy. Diedricksen lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Colour photographs and illustrations throughout

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This book by tiny house builder and enthusiast Diedricksen (Microshelters) possesses many of the same qualities as the dwellings he loves: it's efficient, functional, and full of fun surprises. Because tucking away the essentials is essential in a small space, he showcases storage underneath stairs, roll-away benches and folding tables, and tucked-away stairs and televisions. The homes themselves aren't the usual builds on trailers, but include treehouses, a houseboat, an Airstream, a bus, a box truck, and a deer stand. Small- and big-house dwellers alike will find ideas for making idiosyncratic connections between the indoors and outdoors via clever decks and porches, expansive window walls, or even a clear floor. The houses also feature the artful use of salvage items-a Gothic church window placed at the back of a cabin; 7,500 bottles used as bricks. The book's guest contributors, such as Ryan Nicodemus, who recounts his path to minimalism, and Michelle Boyle, who shares rules for small kitchens, offer additional insights. Diedricksen, who writes passionately about his life's "obsession" and stayed in many of the homes he presents, has a great sense for the kinds of inventive designs that might inspire others to commit to scaling back. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.