Jay Shafer’s Small House Book and Plans

My friend and fellow tiny house enthusiast Jay Shafer is featured today on Yahoo’s front page. So if you missed it be sure and check it out. Jay has a fantastic book out called The Small House Book and I would encourage anyone new to tiny houses to purchase the book. You can buy it directly from the Tiny House Blog by clicking here. The book also includes a set of free plans of Jay’s Popomo. You can learn more about the Popomo at this post.

Also be sure and check out Michael Janzen’s Tiny House Design blog.

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Daniel - July 18, 2010 Reply

I was surprised to open up Yahoo today and see Jay on the main page:

After many years and he’s still going strong!


Joseph Cook - July 18, 2010 Reply

Very cool indeed! Right sizing American life. Much better option that what we’ve grown accustomed to in supersizing orders at our local drive thru fastfood restaurant.

Beyond Home Improvement - July 18, 2010 Reply

Love the idea of this. very intriguing. I love reading and learning more about this. Keep it up

Eunice - July 18, 2010 Reply

My husband and I are considering moving into our son’s garage, we are retired. He is an excellent carpenter and things will be nice. By looking at plans as well as ideas, I am beginning to think ‘outside’ the box. How can I get free plans, our space is huge compared to some of your wonderful works, and be able to include a dog grooming business for the later years? I love keeping my life simple!!

    Kent Griswold - July 18, 2010 Reply

    Do a search on granny units and garage conversions. They are more the size you are working with and should have some good ideas. Here on this blog I have not covered that extensively yet but should.

Bob Lewis - July 18, 2010 Reply

If the website was straightforward about what the book costs, I might consider ordering one. I might have missed after checking and double checking, but I don’t have a clue what he charges.

    Kent Griswold - July 18, 2010 Reply

    I’m not sure why they do it that way. The price is $36.95 and includes free shipping in the U.S.

BrooklynGreene - July 18, 2010 Reply

I think Jay is so sweet and it is truly wonderful he got exposure on Yahoo’s main page. I think Jay should haul his house across country as a fundraiser and then park it right in front of MOMA or the Whitney Museum. It would be brilliant! In fact, his current house should be lifted up and into MOMA into that upper, for lack of a better word, plaza. It would be incredible if he could live out of the tiny house within MOMA for a month as a “performance piece”. Yes, it might belittle the effort behind it, but it would be kind of brilliant and bring a huge amount of public awareness both in the US and worldwide since the museum is filled each day with international visitors. The Whitney would be good because it’s a museum dedicated to American art. I don’t know…Jay, if you’re reading this, give it a thought. It’s a huge commitment and incredibly complicated and tiring to organize but maybe it could work. I’ll do some research on my side since my husband is hooked in with the museums here. He’s not convinced by my tiny house interests but he’s very supportive.
Ever upward!

Linda - July 18, 2010 Reply

July 18, 2010 I saw Jay Shafer’s tiny house on Yahoo
I thought it was beautiful.
I have SSD and it would be perfect for me and my dog. Plus that’s all I could afford I think.
I tried to print out the house but it wouldn’t let me. I read some other’s comments and is it true the plans cost $36 if so sorry I bothered you I can afford that.
Thank You

lea - June 9, 2011 Reply

hi jay! i saw ur tiny house in u-tube. cute w/ lots of bnefits even 4d soul! wud love to create mor of tht here in d phils! Goodluck! 🙂

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