Tiny Homes: Green and Cost-Efficient

The benefit of tiny homes is their relatively low impact on your budget and on the earth; by salvaging construction materials, you can save yourself and the environment even more.

| February 2017

  • There are all sorts of innovative ways to repurpose even the most surprising salvaged find.
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  • “Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials: Inspiration for Constructing Tiny Homes Using Salvaged and Reclaimed Supplies” by Ryan Mitchell.
    Cover courtesy Adams Media

Tiny homes are a growing trend because they are environmentally friendly, less expensive than a regular home, and often mobile. In Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials (F+W Media, 2016), Ryan Mitchell presents the myriad of ways that these small structures can be built with salvaged and reclaimed resources, further lessening their impact on the environment as well as making a home that’s completely unique. Featuring profiles on tiny home owners, ideas on where to find supplies, and what to avoid when choosing construction materials, this book is a perfect, do-it-yourself guide for anyone looking to build a one-of-a-kind household!

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials.

Why Tiny? Why Reclaimed?

Tiny houses have captured the imagination of people for more than a decade now. The promise of affordable housing is an enticing proposition in today’s world. We see people struggling to find themselves in this modern age, a time defined by “bigger is better,” “keeping up with the Joneses,” and a mentality that tells us we must always strive for more, go faster, and achieve perfection.

Tiny houses stand in stark contrast to this outlook. Small homes, which typically range from 100 to 400 square feet, have drawn much attention as a viable alternative to traditional housing because of cost, design sense, and environmental friendliness.

In this book we profile tiny houses of all shapes, sizes, and styles, which embody the spirit of the movement. These homes are built with a purpose: to pare down on space and possessions in order to focus on the important things in life.

While many want tiny houses to be confined in a neat box, the truth is a tiny house, at its core, is about breaking preconceived notions of what a house is.

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