“I don’t know of anybody who wants to feel like they’re living a spartan life. You want to participate in your life and you don’t want where you live to be a place that limits that,” Dee Williams told About Face Magazine. After living in an 84-square foot tiny house on wheels for more than ten years, Dee is well-practiced at answering questions about how much home is “enough.” Her memoir, The Big Tiny, released last year on Blue Rider Press, tells the full story of how one becomes a tiny home owner, educator to fellow DIY tiny house builders, and inspiration to those trying to live mindfully in a hectic, big-space, big-stuff world.
A small house doesn't have to be crowded, spartan or "simple." One of the goals of the Build Small Live Large Summit is to show people that homes under 1,000 square feet can not only save them money and lighten their environmental footprint, but be fantastically-designed as well. Here are some small home designs we've been enjoying lately.
Alan Durning, a long-time sustainability leader in the Northwest, is newly fired up—and for good reason. Since founding Sightline Institute in 1993, he has written more than ten books on issues that connect sustainability to home, transportation and city design, and he has even lectured at The White House. But Alan’s recent work on a Seattle housing and livability committee convened by the mayor is particularly timely as Northwest cities like Seattle and Portland enter development booms. And one of his key messages is that building small is one of the best ways to create affordable, livable housing in the cities we love.