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Best-selling author Sheri Koones presents the hottest trend in the housing market. The 25 small houses presented in Downsize are owned by people who have made a conscious decision to downsize from a larger home to a smaller home--or who just decided to build small in the first place. Some of the houses are new (site-built or prefab), others are remodels. All are 2,000 sq. ft. or less. The featured houses show how to use space efficiently through such strategies as: creative storage space multi-purpose rooms pocket and barn doors integrating smaller appliances These exceptional houses show how small can be comfortable, practical, energy efficient--and beautiful.
Tiny homes are all the rage these days, especially among young people new to the housing market, for people wanting a small dwelling as a second home or as a studio, and among singles and empty nesters. As millions are experiencing the magic of tidying up and reducing the number of their possessions, many are also seeing the value of living with less space, while environmentalists are also valuing a smaller carbon footprint. How to Build Your Own Tiny House is a comprehensive guide to the actual construction process, building codes, and regulations, not another pretty picture book about tiny houses. Offers anyone with basic carpentry skills step-by-step instructions to successfully build a tiny house (250 to 1,000 square feet.) The book covers everything from forming a bill of materials to the basics of frame construction; it details wiring and plumbing a tiny home, outlines construction codes for small buildings and gives pointers as to where local regulations may apply, and also includes a section on building appropriately sized furniture for a tiny home. Includes a selection of tiny home designs, each of which can be expanded as needs change.
Life is full of valuable lessons, yet none more so than those passed from parent to child. Whilst mothers and fathers always mean to pass on their esteemed nuggets of wisdom, time and practicalities often get in the way. The time to fly the nest comes around quickly, and some of those lessons may come in handy. 50 Things I Wish I Told You captures all of these intentions, from practical lessons on how to make a bed, how to iron a shirt and how to rent your first flat to personal advice on the perfect handshake and making small talk. These are the lessons that would have been passed on had there been a few more hours in the day. Including amusing guides on how to curb bad habits and invaluable tips on keeping a plant alive, 50 Things I Wish I'd Told You is illustrated throughout by celebrated artist Laura Quick, with her characteristic drawings both poignant and comical. This book at once reassures, encourages, enlightens and amuses and is the perfect gift for any parent who didn't quite have enough time to declare all of their wisdom.
A spectacular treehouse suspended above a lush forest. A cozy cabin perched on a mountainside. A small farm growing heirloom vegetables in the high desert. These are the extraordinary stories of the modern-day back-to-the-land-movement, a movement that embraces slow living, sustainability, and the value of doing things with your own two hands. Here are remarkable narratives, essential how-tos, and hundreds of breathtaking photographs from people who have embraced lives of adventure in wild places. Delivered in a handsome volume that inspires feelings of wanderlust, this book is a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping to a simpler way of life.
Organize your home...and your life. This invaluable resource gives you 400+ ingenious ways to get (and keep) your home organized in just ten minutes-less time than it will take you to find your misplaced keys! If you are about to give up the battle to finally organize your home, don't. Help has arrived with this book. Your dream of an organized home can be a reality. And it won't take a lot of time or money. Get good, proven, and effective advice on all of the challenge areas in your home: the kitchen, family rooms, home offices, basements, garages, and more. Also, learn tips for keeping chaos at bay when you throw parties, host holiday gatherings, and pack for vacations. Create order with these tips and many more: Organizing your kitchen cupboard into sections for each family member Organize your child's artwork in three-ring binders Recycle your birthday and holiday cards by making them into gift tags for future presents Your beautifully organized home is in sight with 10-Minute Tidy Home.
Clutter impacts on our productivity, stresses us out and keeps us stuck. Why do we let our stuff stand in the way of the lives we dream about? Decluttering is great for our mental wellbeing, and when done right, it can be good for the planet too. When we rehome, repurpose or recycle the things we no longer need, we free up existing resources for others and reclaim our homes with less guilt. Less Stuff is a guide for people who find it difficult to declutter and who don't want to see things go to waste. Step by step, you'll explore finding your 'enough', learn how to let go of your old possessions without sending them to landfill, and eventually break the cycle of stuff. The end result is a planet with less strain, a home with more peace and a life with more meaning.
If you live on a flood plain or wetland, you know the potential dangers-to you, your family, and your home. A major flood could strike at any time, and you need to be prepared. But of even more immediate concern is the tiresome battle to keep your property free of minor floods and water seepage, which can be just as destructive-and costly-as a major flood. This all-purpose book guides you through the range of options you have to protect your property. And if a problem already exists, it shows you how to tackle the trouble and put your house back in order. The updated edition includes new information about flood plain laws and insurance as well as changes in government agency titles or roles in flood management.
In seven simple steps... Lean removes waste: wasted money, energy, resources. Lean will give you the gift of time. Lean is a set of principles embraced by the most creative and dynamic organisations around the world, and now for the first time, Swedish social entrepreneur Eva Jarlsdotter applies them to family life. Embracing the Japanese 'stream' technique, Eva's seven steps show you how to systematically create and maintain order. From kaizen (continuous improvement) to kanban (visual planning), these principles will bring harmony and a sense of flow to your home. No more time wasted searching for your keys, important paperwork or your internet banking password; no more throwing away food past its sell-by date or arguing about the mess; no more feeling on the back foot all the time. This transformative book will also empower children in the household to take responsibility for their belongings and their schedules, meaning a lot less parental nagging. This modern guide will transform family life from the inside out. The time you save can be channelled into doing things you actually want to do. Be inspired by Eva's own story, understand how Lean works and start to apply her small changes to your everyday life - you will be delighted with the results.