Living Large in Our Little House
Thriving in 480 Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband, and One Remote–Plus More Stories of How You Can Too
By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
Published by Reader’s Digest
Hardcover: 240 pages
June 7, 2016; $24.99 US/$33.99 CAN; 9781621452522
Based on the successful blog, Living Large in Our Little House, the book is a practical and inspirational memoir about the joy and freedom of tiny house living.
Traditionally, the American Dream has included owning a house, and until recently that meant the bigger the better. McMansions have flourished in suburbs across the country, and as houses got bigger we filled them with more stuff. Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell had been subconsciously trying to live up to this American Dream when circumstances forced her and her husband into a 480-square foot house in the woods. What was supposed to be a writing cabin and guest house became their full-time abode and they quickly discovered that they had serendipitously discovered a better way of life.
They realized that by living smaller, they were in fact, Living Large. They were not spending extra time cleaning and maintaining the house, but had the freedom to pursue their hobbies; they did not waste money on things they didn’t need; and they grew emotionally (as well as physically) closer. Kerri and her husband realized that Living Large is less about square footage and more about a state of mind.
As Kerri relates the story of her transformation to a “Living Larger,” she also profiles more than a dozen other families living tiny house lives and offers practical advice for how you can too. The book will:
– walk you through the financial advantages of small space living
– help you define and find the right size house
– teach you to scale down to the essentials to be surrounded only by things you love
– show you how to make use of outdoor space
– give tips on how to decorate judiciously
and much more.
Whether readers are inspired to join the tiny house movement or not, they are sure to be inspired to Live Large with less.
Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell is a journalist and author who has written a column on small space living for Parade.com. She’s also written on small space living for Mother Earth News and Realtor.com and has been interviewed extensively on her tiny house expertise. Her work has also appeared in Audubon Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo! News, MSN.com and NBC Digital’s pet channel. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Society of American Travel Writers, and the Society of Environmental Journalists, a past national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a past president of the Kansas City Press Club, Kerri’s other writing specialties includes animals and pets, business, travel, and the environment. She loves boating and fishing, hiking, and spending time with her husband of 30 years and their dogs. Kerri lives an intentional life with an eye toward sustainability in a 480-square-foot cabin in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and five “recycled” (rescue) mutts, which she documents on her blog, Living Large in Our Little House.
“Living Large in Our Little House is the open, honest, and enjoyable story of Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell’s journey to simpler living. Woven into this well-written narrative is a wealth of solid advice from her, and others in the tiny house scene.” —Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, designer, author of Microshelters, and host of HGTV’s Tiny House Builders
“With her down-to-earth and elegant storytelling, Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell reveals that there’s a tremendous joy in living simply, without debt, and with a strong connection to the land—in short, a truly sustainable lifestyle. For those interested in living lightly and fully, this book is an elixir for realizing your dreams, describing a path to Living Large on a lot less than most people ever imagine.” —Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life
“Living Large in Our Little House mixes a sense of history with personal anecdote, case studies, interesting personalities, and tips and tricks. It really has something for everyone in its pages and will inspire countless people to get busy living!” —Andrew Odom, co-founder of Tiny r(E)volution (www.tinyrevolution.us)
“Living Large in Our Little House offers big insights into the realities of tiny house living. Whether you’re thinking of going small for financial or environmental reasons – or because tiny houses are too cute to resist – this is a must-read guide to help you make smart decisions and enter into tiny house living with a Living Large attitude.” –Jodi Helmer, sustainable living expert and author of The Green Year: 365
“Living Large in Our Little House helps put faces to a movement that’s often portrayed as being about houses rather than the people who live in them. It’s the people who make the stories come alive.” –Greg Johnson, SmallHouseSociety.net
“The author didn’t join the tiny-house movement entirely by choice—financial circumstances prompted her and her husband to move into a 480-sq.-ft. cabin in the Ozarks. She’s since embraced the lifestyle, and her book includes personal anecdotes, interviews with families living in tiny homes across the U.S., and advice on decorating and on making the most of outdoor space.” –Jennifer McCartney, Publishers Weekly
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