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Jay Shafer’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses: Build Your Own Guest Cottage, Writing Studio, Home Office, Craft Workshop, or Personal Retreat (Fox Chapel Publishing) Plans, How-to, & a Gallery Paperback – August 1, 2013

“You need another book about building crap in the backyard?” says the wife. Of course, I’m looking at building you a small office outback so you’ll have some privacy. Or maybe she needs a place for you out of the house and out of her hair. Which ever it is, the DIY BOOK OF BACKYARD SHEDS & TINY HOUSES is a great place to start dreaming.

Ranging in size from 100 to 120 square feet. These tiny backyard buildings can be used as guest cottages, art or writing studios, home offices, craft workshops, vacation retreats, or full-time residences. The choice is yours!

Good things come in small packages! from the publisher-

  • 200 photos and illustrations, with elevation drawings, planning tips, building techniques, and more
  • The how-to of building a tiny home, from casting concrete and the post-and-beam method to raising partitions and installing windows
  • Stunning gallery of inspiring finished tiny houses and sheds, inside and out, with sample floor plans

Packed with photos, elevation drawings, and door/window schedules. All you need for constructing six of the handsome little buildings. The Anderjack, The Beavan, The Gifford, The Stamper, The Weller, and The Zinn. You’ll also find an extensive how-to set of instructions that can be applied to any backyard building project.

This book is the revised edition of Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses. Specializing in sustainable architecture and urban planning. He has lectured extensively on these subjects for such venues as the Eco-Dwelling program at New College, the Boston Architectural Center. And of course at the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History. Where he also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor for more than a decade.

With extra design attention to energy and space efficiency. These tiny houses can help you on the road to a sustainable world!

“…guru of the small house movement.”
—John Blackstone, CBS

Jay Shafer’s Stunning $5,000 Tiny House on YouTube.


If you’re anything like me you’re constantly looking to improve your skill set and knowledge base. Especially when it comes to self sufficiency, energy and food production. At some point I’d love to move my office to a completely off grid “Hobbit hole”. The THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY LIVING is a great addition to your library. The definitive manual of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself. Whether it’s a farm or homestead, suburb, or city.

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