Tiny house resources

Books & DVDs

  • Go House Go! is a great little book, written by Dee Williams.  She delves into the design & build process, tiny house systems and how to build a house specific to your needs and lifestyle.
  • The Big Tiny covers Dee’s life before, during & after designing & building her own tiny abode & the difficult decisions she faced along the way.  Buy it here.
  • Cracking the Code: A Guide to Building Codes & Zoning for Tiny Houses, by Ryan Mitchell is an invaluable resource to learning what to look for & good questions to ask when researching legalities of tiny house living in your area.


  • Tiny House Giant Journey – Jenna has quite a few stories to share & great tips for those interested in tiny living.
  • Tiny House Blog – Kent Griswold is the master!  He’s got oodles of info and creativity packed into his sweet blog.
  • Tiny SIP House – Art Cormier is a fellow Tumbleweed Workshop presenter & his blog is a wealth of info on his unique tiny house components (including the Nature’s Head toilet!).
  • The Tiny Tack House – Chris & Malissa keep a fun & informative full of their experiences in their tiny home and complete with Chris’ great photography!
  • Lina’s Blog, This is the Little Life began when she lived in the Bungalow while in grad school in Portland.  Now she’s on her way to building her own!


  • Tumbleweed Tiny House Company: I built my tiny house based on the the Cypress 18′ plans & highly recommend their exhaustive plans.  Tiny house shells are also available if you want someone else to build the frame!
  • Portland Alternative Dwellings: Co-owned by Dee Williams, from Olympia, WA and Joan Grimm, from Portland, OR.  PAD specializes in giving DIY tiny housers the skills and knowledge they need to build the house of their dreams.  PAD offers simple, inexpensive plans, in-depth workshops, and consulting.

What to do about the poo???

  • Watching the Pee and Poo Show is perhaps the best way to spend 30-minutes while planning a tiny toilet system.  It shows how to effectively compost you poo and turn your urine into fertilizer with the use of a urine-diverting toilet insert.  It’s not as gross as you’d think!
  • Of course, the old standby The Humanure Handbook is a good overview of the biologics of human waste and how we can live with them and benefit from their nutrients.

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