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Little House on a Small Planet, 2nd: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities [Paperback]

Shay Salomon , Frances Moore Lappe , Nigel Valdez
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Dec 8 2009
A guidebook to planning, building, renovating, and inhabiting an eco-friendly small house.
to get more information on how to live simply visit: www.littlehouseonasmallplanet.com


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"Anyone who sleeps indoors and cares about the world will find something of interest inside."--Carol Venolia, Eco-architect, Natural Home & Garden columnist, and EcoDwelling faculty member at New College of California

"I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone who has ever dreamed of getting off the mortgage rat race and creating not just a house, but a cozy nest that fits--this is the book! Every page is an inspiration, filled with real-life stories and lessons learned on creating better, more affordable, sustainable, and very personalized housing. There is something here that will fit nearly every lifestyle. For those who want to live in a better way: Read this book!"--Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide and Simple Loving, and publisher of Simple Living Oasis

"Salomon offers the savviest plan I've read for figuring out what house you really need. . . . her questions have forced me to rethink so much." --Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press

Little House on a Small Planet is the emergency user’s guide needed by humanity at this moment of global environmental crisis.”—Gregory Paul Johnson, President of the Small House Society

“The photographs alone are worth the price of this book. . . . [The] writing is clear, enjoyable, and inspiring.”—Jack Challem, the “Nutrition Reporter” and the best-selling author of Syndrome X

 


 


 


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The essential guidebook to planning, building, renovating, and inhabiting an ecofriendly small house

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone who has ever dreamed of getting off the mortgage rat race and creating not just a house, but a cozy nest that fits—this is the book! Every page is an inspiration. . . . There is something here that will fit nearly every lifestyle.”
—Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide


“Salomon offers the savviest plan I’ve read for figuring out what house you really need. . . . Her questions have forced me to rethink so much.”
—Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press


“Little House on a Small Planet is the emergency user’s guide needed by humanity at this moment of global environmental crisis.”
—Gregory Paul Johnson, President of the Small House Society


“The photographs alone are worth the price of this book. . . . [The] writing is clear, enjoyable, and inspiring.”
—Jack Challem, best-selling author of Syndrome X

Little House on a Small Planet is a guidebook and an invitation. With floor plans, photographs, advice, and anecdotes, this unique book asks and answers, “What fills a home when the excess is cut away, and how do we get there from here?”

You’ll discover how to:


 • Build, remodel, redecorate, or just rethink your needs
 • Think, sometimes literally, outside the box
 • Live close and simple
 • Apply spiritual and social solutions to your material desires


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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed July 21 2010
Format:Paperback
Based on the little preview here on Amazon and the Little House web site I was expecting a book full of inovative ideas for the use of space - a practical planning book on reducing space expectations.

Instead what I received was more of a storybook - and a lot of the "stories" were about housing that is not practical or approvable in regular urban areas.

This book was a big waste of me money but more importantly a big disappointment.

I guess I was hoping for a "Ross Chapin how to" book and got thisusless novel instead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on sustainable homes and building! Nov. 7 2010
By Oregon Farm Mama - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a professional architect or a builder, but my husband and I have a passion for small, sustainable dwellings. We were blessed to have the opportunity to buy bare land to farm, which allowed us to live our dream of building our own small home (600 sq ft) and an even smaller guest cabin (196 sq ft). Along the way to realizing our dream, we read a ton of books about small and sustainable home design. Many of the books we encountered with "small" or "green" in the title turn out to be something else completely: fancy photo books featuring expensive not-very-small custom homes. Maybe the homes are passive solar and energy efficient once they are built, but they are not very thoughtful beyond that -- they don't seem to question our society's notions about comfort, necessary spaces, and how we live in our homes in general.

"Little House on a Small Planet," on the other hand, addresses ALL of these things. It isn't a book full of glossy photos and floor plans -- instead it's full of thoughtful text (and many interesting photos too) asking us to consider what we really NEED in a home. What about home feeds our soul and makes us truly happy and content: Is it having as much space as possible? Or, is it having the RIGHT spaces?

It comes at the question of what we need in a home from different angles, including things rarely discussed, such as how the size and layout of a space affects our interactions and relationships with our family members. It also brings up the important topic of embodied energy and questions whether new 'green' homes are any better for the world than preserving and maintaining older, smaller homes.

The book also provides the stories of real people who live in small homes -- something conspicuously missing from almost all home books. We meet the people who live in the homes and hear about how they inhabit the space -- why they chose the design and how the design directly affects their daily life. We also see people from every class and income bracket -- home owners and renters alike. It's quite a diverse offering and probably more useful and "close-to-home" for people who can't afford the custom architect-designed homes seen in other books (which is most of us!).

There is so much packed into this book (photos, stories, charts, ideas, floorplans) that I couldn't even begin to share it all here. This is a book that will open your eyes to things you take for granted and force you to become an INTENTIONAL dweller in your home. Suffice to say that I would recommend this book to anyone thinking about moving into a new rental home, buying a home, building a home, or remodeling a home -- in other words, EVERYONE!
114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to be happy? Jan. 19 2010
By Andre C. Foti - Published on Amazon.com
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What this book is not -
It is not a book of low square foot home plans
It is not a book on how to build anything
It is not a book that tells you must live in a tiny little eco-pod or you are a bad person

Primarily it is a series of interviews of people who have chosen to live in less space, with less stuff, so that they can concentrate on what is most important to them; raising children, working fewer hours, dedicating their lives to a vocation, art or belief...

Through simple yet effective exercises it helps you to determine what strategies might work for you to live in less space with fewer possessions, using less energy and creating a smaller ecological footprint.

It offers advice on building new, renovating old, or living in a completely non-traditional way - such as a tiny house on wheels or in a tipi.

If you read this book, and take any of it to heart, you will save money (by spending it on things that are actually important to you)and live better within your own means AND the means of the planet and your fellow humans.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! Feb. 15 2010
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though this book is written for people looking to build or renovate a house, I think it would be a great book for anyone who is looking to simplify their life. There aren't a lot of pictures but the concepts in this book are well thought out and really make you stop and think. As a hippie at heart I am really enjoying this book =)
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Oct. 5 2011
By Arline R. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting. I knew what I was buying because I read the reviews. The stories of why people were living in these sometimes very small "houses" was interesting. A few of the dwelling places were very innovative, some were strange. I live in a house, with my husband that is 985 sq ft. We sold a 2100 sg. ft. house, our dream home, and simplified our lives by buying a very small house on beautiful acreage.
We have our own well, use very little of anything, and only have a 3/4 bath. Friends and family were shocked that we changed our lifestyles so radically, most people cannot imagine that we chose this old Farm and lifestyle, but we did. Making the move had nothing to do with the economy, it has been an adventure. A person can change their lifestyle willingly, even past middle age.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection of stories for successful eco-small house life June 11 2011
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book which inspires me at every page, with stories of real people. Some funky, some hippie, some off grid, some who appreciate historical building, and some just plain sick of McMansion or high intensity apartment life and vote for simplicity and efficiency. A favourite quote - (p98) "I live down the street in a small, old 'reused' house.... it hardly costs me anything to heat and cool. My yard is filled with a giant, productive organic garden. Why is this new house called 'green' and mine isn't?" :-)
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