Welcome to the tiny house movement! This guide is the ideal introduction for the true beginner. Learn the history of the modern tiny house movement, get a breakdown of tiny house styles, and meet the passionate tiny house community with profiles of pioneers and their tiny homes.
The book also discusses the pros and cons of micro living—is a tiny house right for you, right now? Take the self-evaluation quiz in chapter two and find out. Then, dive into the range of tiny house options and must-knows before taking the plunge.
Benefits of downsizing—Find out how tiny houses are better for the environment, cheaper to maintain, and even meet housing shortages.
Find a match—Fall in love with a tiny house that fits your style—from simple, stationary A-frames to creative tiny houses on wheels (or THOWs), all less than 400 sq ft.
More to explore—The comprehensive resource section will help you dig deeper into tiny house construction options, off-grid living, and the art of downsizing.
Learn about living large in the tiny house of your dreams!
About the Author
Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons are tiny-house movement ambassadors and cofounders of Tiny House Expedition, a traveling documentary and community education project. They also serve on the American Tiny House Association’s board of advisors. Visit their website at TinyHouseExpedition.com and follow their adventures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
"The Beginner's Guide to Tiny Houses is your thorough guide to tiny house living, full of time-tested advice from a legendary tiny house dweller and traveler." —Ethan Waldman, host of the Tiny House Lifestyle podcast and creator of Tiny House Decisions
"Thinking of downsizing and living in a movable tiny home? With seven years of living and traveling in a 130 square foot tiny home, and conversations with hundreds of tiny home dwellers, enthusiasts, and builders across the nation, I can think of no better tiny pioneers than Alexis and Christian to guide your way. Their beginner's guide is based on real-life experience, exploring with you the elements they know you will need to consider as you plan your tiny home and lifestyle. If there were ever an indispensable resource to guide you going "tiny," this is it." —Dan Fitzpatrick, president of Tiny Home Industry Association
"When it comes to tiny homes, Alexis and Christian are the go-to power couple who don't miss a beat. From their own DIY journey, to traveling 60,000 miles with their home, to their YouTube channel, to being advocates of legalizing tiny homes across the US and Canada and worldwide, they are the experts for making your tiny home dreams come true! Whether you are obsessed with going tiny or remotely impressed with the movement, this is the best guide on where to start your tiny home journey." —Lindsay Wood, CEO of Experience Tiny Homes
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Alexis and Christian since the early days of my involvement in the tiny home movement. Yet, what makes them the perfect individuals to write this book is that they are actually normal people with realistic and relatable expectations for life. Few people have lived tiny longer or traveled more miles than this amazing couple, and they have always balanced the challenges with grace and finesse. If that doesn't make you a true tiny home expert, I don't know what does." —Zack Giffin, co-host of Tiny House Nation