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Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities
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Most of us have noticed the trend: new subdivisions filled with McMansions pumped up on steroids, neighbors who demolished their cottage and replaced it with a mini-castle, 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 the continent 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 Planet is 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 fourteen 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, Little House on a Small Planet asks and answers, "What fills a home when the excess is cut away, and how do we get there from here?"
Book News Annotation:
Carpenter and construction manager Salomon presents readers with ideas for saving money, protecting the environment, and improving their livelihood by smart living in small spaces. The author profiles dozens of people around the world whose methods of scaling-down vary as widely as their locations--from single mothers in cooperative housing to homeowners converting to multi-use bathroom/lofts, adding home business spaces, or building from scratch. Floor plans; b&w and color images; and practical advice on legal matters, energy efficiency, creativity, and the importance of common spaces supplement the stories. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Live in less space but have more room to enjoy it. Does that sound like a contradiction? Smart readers will discover that, on the contrary, living small can free up your mind, your wallet, and your soul. With the cost of living rising, and the environment suffering from excessive building, now is the time to scale back. Join the movement.
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?”
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
Pockets of people all over the continent are realizing the benefits of scaling down. You, too, can build a joyful, sane life that emphasizes home life over home maintenance.
to get more information on how to live simply visit: www.littlehouseonasmallplanet.com
A guidebook to planning building renovating and inhabiting an eco-friendly small house
About the Author
Shay Salomon is a carpenter, construction manager, and workshop leader. She's built several tiny houses and now dreams of converting her smallish cottage into two apartments. Nigel Valdez once dreamed of owning half a dozen houses all over the world. Now he dreams of having dozens of friends all over the world, and a small tent to sleep in when he visits them. Salomon and Valdez visited more than a hundred homes in researching this book.
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