Living Large in Our Little House

Living Large in Our Little House

Thriving in 480 Square Feet With Six Dogs, A Husband and One Remote--plus More Stories of How You Can Too

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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.
 

They realized that by living smaller, they were in fact, Living Large. They were not spending extra time cleaning and maintaining the house, but had the freedom to pursue their hobbies; they did not waste money on things they didn't need; and they grew emotionally (as well as physically) closer. Kerri and her husband realized that Living Large is less about square footage and more about a state of mind.

As Kerri relates the story of her transformation to a "Living Larger," she also profiles more than a dozen other families living tiny house lives and offers practical advice for how you can too. The book will:

*walk you through the financial advantages of small space living

*help you define and find the right size house

*teach you to scale down to the essentials to be surrounded only by things you love

*show you how to make use of outdoor space

*give tips on how to decorate judiciously

and much more.

 

Whether readers are inspired to join the tiny house movement or not, they are sure to be inspired to Live Large with less.
Publisher: New York :, Reader's Digest,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781621452522
Branch Call Number: 728. 37 FIV F
Characteristics: xii, 225 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm

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Feb 03, 2017

Interesting and well written memoir about one woman's journey though life and various houses and how and why she and her husband decide to build and live in a small house (480 sq. ft.). She looks at the tiny house movement and the "living large" philosophy. She weaves in stories of other people who live in tiny houses and how and why it worked, or didn't work for them. This is more of a practical guide to help you decide if this might be a good idea for you, and gives you questions to ask yourself about how you want to live, where and why. Do you really need so much stuff? What are your priorities? She gives practical advice about choosing land, the pitfalls of ordinances and lots of advice about the realities of moving to rural area if you've never lived in one before such as don't let your dog out at night if there are mountain lions around and how to make friend in a small town where you'll be seen as an outsider no matter how long you stay.

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