The Small House Book

By Jay Shafer

  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre : Art & Architecture
  • FIle Size : 39.42 MB
Score: 4.0
From 67 Ratings


The Small House Book In 2008, a used house in the U.S. averaged $244,000. That is far more than the average American can afford. Jay Shafer shatters the myth that affordable housing needs to be cheap. In his book, Jay reveals the ugly truth about residential planning and the needless overbuilding that is, in part, to blame for today's mortgage crisis. Did you know that you can't build a house as tiny as the one Jay lives in? That is, unless you know the loopholes! He's done the research, and shares it with you. You'll learn why it is necessary to build on wheels, and see the process of attaching a house to a trailer with step-by-step instructions and pictures. Jay Shafer, the author, personally built a dozen tiny houses and lived in 3 different ones. He is recognized as a leader in the Small House Movement.


  • Could you please fix the photos?

    By app_whiz
    This is a great book, but many of the photos got borked during export -- i.e., they're at very LOW resolution. Please fix. (And while you're at it, could you fix all the OCR/typos?) Thanks.
  • Great place to start

    By Lewijo
    Read this book and make notes and highlight things for future reference before you get to work!
  • Disappointing iBooks version of this book

    By Joseph Bell
    This book has a very interesting concept, and I wholeheartedly agreed with the author's insights. Unfortunately, I can't recommend the iBooks version of this title. The text (as of 1/10/14) has numerous typos, duplicate phrases and formatting errors, as if it was poorly scanned and not edited. Pictures and diagrams are of variable quality, some so low res that I couldn't make out the labeling of some diagrams at all. If you're interested in the subject matter, a hardcopy of the book might be a better -- albeit more costly -- choice.
  • Good

    By Brandon Pierce
    It is great for ideas. Not really a how to.
  • Nice book

    By Coopdude3
    Very enjoyable read...
  • Amazing!

    By cprime1
    Love the book and the way Jay thinks.
  • BIG DREAM - tiny home ;^)

    By sonsmg02lu3
    It is my dream & wish to someday build my own solar paneled, composting toilet havin', self sustaining, mortgage free living, tiny home! Simple, beautiful, uncluttered and financially liberating! Viva la tiny house movement & community! -Peace, One Love ;^)