Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average

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Inspiration and answers for people wanting to live more sustainably in a smaller house while respecting the environment and saving money on energy and maintenance.

Smaller, more environmentally friendly houses seem to be the wave of the future. As people chose to move out of cities, finances and lifestyle will limit the size of the houses these buyers will choose.

This book includes lots of examples of small house options around the country, including ADUs (accessory dwelling units). Whether you're building a small house, renovating an older home, or purchasing something new, this book will provide inspiration. It compiles lots of previously difficult-to-find information in one place. The sidebars describe home systems and new materials helpful to any homeowner concerned about the environment and hoping to save money on energy and maintenance.


"Journalist Koones (Downsize) demonstrates that limited space doesn't mean compromised style in this captivating study of small houses. Stunning color photos are a plus. This luxurious volume will provide endless inspiration to space-efficient and green homeowners."-- "Publishers Weekly"

"I think the pandemic has made us all take stock of what's important in our lives. It's not keeping up with the Joneses or showing off the latest design excess. It's not holding onto stuff that no longer has a use in our lives. It's living simply and authentically. This book fits that niche perfectly."--Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

"... what we have is a collection of extremely livable, modestly-sized, well-designed homes that are presented with lots of detail and great photography. There is a lot to learn from Koones and her new book."--Lloyd Alter "Treehugger" 

"Whether you're thinking buying, building or renovating a smaller home, Sheri will inspire you with a dazzling range of ideas and options for your next living space."-- "Voice America Podcast" 


Sheri Koones is a widely respected author and journalist who helps readers better understand that getting the house of their dreams can be done in an ecologically responsible and one-of-a-kind way. She is the recipient of the prestigious Gold Award Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards from NAREE for Downsize: Living Large in a Small House. She has written numerous articles about home construction for AOL Real Estate, Smart HomeownerBuilder Magazine, and more and is a regular contributor to She has been the speaker at events such as the International Building Show and the National AIA Convention.

Gibbs Smith

Pub Date: March 29, 2022

1.0" H x 11.1" L x 8.6" W

224 pages