Category Archives: Books

Go House Go

Dee Williams at Portland Alternative Dwellings has just published a great ebook called Go House Go – How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels. In just 21 pages Dee provides the answers to the most common questions by new tiny house owner-builders. Some of these topics are: How, why, and where to apply structural […]

Twelve By Twelve – by William Powers

I’ve not read my copy of Twelve by Twelve yet, but I was happy to see that David at The Good Human has posted his review of this new book. After spending some years abroad doing humanitarian work, William Powers came back to the U.S. and experienced a dose of culture shock. He had an opportunity […]

DIY Rammed Earth Manual, How to build with DIRT

Michael Thompson at rammed-earth.org shared a copy of his new book with me, it’s called DIY Rammed Earth Manual, How to build with DIRT! I was really happy to find it packed with real DIY information. The first section covers all the basics you’ll need to know to build a rammed earth home including the […]

Builders of the Pacific Coast by Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn is currently working on a new book on tiny houses, and recently contacted me about possibly including a piece on my Tiny Free House. It won’t be long before I’ll need to move my pallet house project closer to home, and having it nearby will make it a lot easier to finish it […]

Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution by Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson’s new book Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution is now available. You may already be familiar with Alex’s blog, Shedworking, which regularly features shed designs, builders, and people who work from home in their own garden offices. Shedworking features stories of people discovering ways to improve their work-life balance by creating simple alternatives to […]

Simple Solar Homesteading

I’ve written about this Simple Solar Homestead before but LaMar has made some improvements to his website including the addition of videos and photos of cabins built from the plans in his book. His book is called Simple Solar Homesteading and its 196 pages and costs $19.95. He also sells a $5 ebook called Off-Grid […]

Book Review: Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!)

Derek Diedricksen’s new book is everything I expected it to be and more. It’s also got what might be the longest book title in history, Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!). Inside you’ll find about 90 pages crammed full of what flows […]

Derek’s New Book is Ready -and- Gypsy Junker on Instructables

Derek posted a little more information on his 24 square foot Gypsy Junker on Instructables. This micro house sleeps two and was made mostly from discarded lumber. It fits on a trailer and will probably be hauled up to his place in Vermont to serve as a micro guest house next to his bigger little […]

Tiny Prefab – eBook & Plans

Last night I put the finishing touches on a 65 page house plan ebook. It’s called Tiny Prefab, A Do-It-Yourself Prefab Building System and contains the plans and instructions for creating tiny prefab structures that are easy to build from common building materials. The book is a bit of a hybrid between a set of […]

Book Review: Simple Solar Homesteading by LaMar Alexander H.E.S.

For five bucks Lamar’s ebook Simple Solar Homesteading is a bargain. You can also order a print copy for $15 plus shipping but buying the ebook pdf version will give you quicker access to the information. I ordered the book yesterday through the paypal link on LaMar’s website and he emailed me the book this […]