The Average American Home is 2,500 sq. ft.
The Tiny Home averages 200-300 sq. ft.
The Small Home is 400-1200 sq. ft. — the middle ground — not too big, not too small.
Compared to the average American home, small homes are less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair.
Compared to tiny homes, they offer a lot more space and breathing room.
They are desirable for people who want to avoid a bank mortgage or high rents, yet need more room than a tiny house affords.
The book features 65 small homes that vary from unique and artistic to simple and low-cost. Some are plain, ordinary buildings that provide owners shelter at a reasonable cost — and some are inspiring examples of design, carpentry, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, and homemaking.
Some are built with “natural materials,” such as cob or straw, some with recycled wood or lumber milled on-site, some are old homes that have been remodeled, and many are designed and built from scratch by the owners.
Many are in the country, some in small towns, and some in large cities.
“Small is smart; small is beautiful.”
–Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable
“…a feast of common sense, creativity, and can-do spirit.”
–Michael Litchfield, author of Renovation