Andrew and Gabriella Morrison are the cream of the crop when it comes to nearly anything tiny house related. So when they recently finished Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living (Idiot's Guide) I knew without a doubt it would be one of the absolute best tiny house books out there. Unlike many other books, this one is not a coffee table book with pretty pictures, but is jam-packed with well researched information based on decades of building experience. A must read!
Joshua and Shelley are another tiny house power couple, and among other things are the best source for tiny house trailers you can find. In their book, Tiny House Basics: Living the Good Life in Small Spaces Shelley and Joshua offer great advice on how to make a tiny house work for two. They demonstrate how a strong foundation and good communication are essential -- not only in building a tiny house, but in living and thriving in one!
Pioneering tiny house dweller and creator of the annual Tiny House Conference, Ryan Mitchell brings you yet another great book about using reclaimed materials when building your tiny home. Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials: Inspiration for Constructing Tiny Homes Using Salvaged and Reclaimed Supplies is a must for anyone looking for inspiration to do some salvaging!
The Humanure Handbook, by Joseph Jenkins, is first on this list for a reason. If you plan to have a composting toilet in your house, this is THE must-read book on the subject. Learn how it works and how to do it safely with no smell! I personally gained a lot from this book and highly recommend it!
The Tiny House Design & Construction Guide by Dan Louche will help you to understand each step that needs to be taken to build your own tiny house. I personally gained a lot from this book and highly recommend it!
Tiny House Living explores the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle, helps you determine whether it’s a good fit for you, and guides you through the transition to a smaller space. For inspiration, you’ll meet tiny house pioneers and hear how they built their dwellings.
In The Big Tiny, Dee Williams offers a graceful and inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self – in just 84 square feet. Dee is a true superhero of the tiny house movement, and her inspiring story is a must-read! Dee's story inspired me a lot -- highly recommend!
Tiny House: Live Small, Dream Big by Brent Heavener is a comes a small, chunky inspiration book filled with photographs of the smallest abodes—from vans and boats to tree houses and cabins.
Imagine living debt-free in an environmentally-friendly home. No mortgage, no clutter, and boundless freedom. This book features 250 full-color photographs of the smallest, most efficient homes around the world, with interviews, features, and smart tips straight from the homeowners.
The Color Me Tiny tiny house coloring book is designed for "adults of all ages". The book features a wide variety of line drawings of some amazing (many iconic) tiny houses, including The Tiny Project house (see images below)!
Relax and let your tiny dreams run wild while you color 15 unique tiny homes, inside and out.
You Can Buy Happiness (and it's Cheap) by Tammy Strobel is a great overview of the potential benefits of tiny living. It chronicles her journey towards finding happiness in a tiny home and infuses the story with examples from friends and colleagues as well. I've read this book and highly recommend it!
Tiny House Floor Plans is one of the first and best tiny house design books. Michael Janzen offers 230 different interior designs (floorplans) for tiny houses, ranging in size from 8x12' to 12'x24'. This is a great resource when brainstorming your perfect layout!
One of the original tiny house "eye candy" books, Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes Simple Shelter is chocked-full of large images of all kinds of tiny houses, cabins, tree houses and other amazing small homes and shelters. I have this book and highly recommend it!
Jay Shafer's The Small House Book is another classic. As the "founding father" of the tiny house movement, Jay's design skills and tiny house experience is second to none! Explore this book full off ideas, home examples, tiny house knowledge and information. I've read this book and highly recommend it!
TINY Houses is another great coffee table book with amazing tiny house inspiration. Featuring homes all under 1,000 sq.ft., this book offers some truly gorgeous small living examples. Check it out!