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Tiny House: Live Small, Dream Big by Brent Heavener

Is living smaller the secret to a better life? The tiny house architectural and social movement has grown dramatically in recent years.

According to owners, less living space creates more headspace. While we all know it’s possible to live with less, if you’ve ever wondered how tiny living works, Tiny House shows you how.

If you are living in less than 40 square metres, you can’t afford to add any unnecessary clutter and this is precisely what makes a tiny house attractive to many. The lifestyle also offers affordability and ecologically friendly housing.

While not everyone is suited to tiny house living, there’s no denying it simply costs less overall. The increased need for lower cost housing was fuelled in part by the 2008 financial crisis. The movement also promotes conservation, self-sufficiency and sustainability. Many tiny houses also incorporate technological advances and innovative space saving design too.

In this visual manifesto for the tiny house lifestyle, discover the world’s most creative small homes, accompanied by the stories of those living in them. You will find amazing spaces that will inspire you to downsize and live a simpler life. Tiny House is curated by Brent Heavener, the founder of the @tinyhouse Instagram account.

“Imagine living free of the prescribed norms and daring to do it differently. No debt or mortgage to pay, no clutter and stuff to worry about and environmentally friendly space to call your own that gives you boundless freedom,” says Brent.

From a cosy Canadian cabin and whimsical treehouses in Spain to A-frames in Australia, Tiny House travels the globe. Chapters include tree house living, eco-friendly, secluded spaces and family home. Brent also includes several mobile homes and houseboats in his curated collection. Tiny House is a delightful gift book that everyone will enjoy browsing.

Reviewer: Andrea Molloy

Ebury Press, RRP $40.00