The tiny house community is booming right now, with lots of products/services, TV shows, advice and websites covering it. This is great to see, and we wanted to build this page to highlight some of the favorite resources we have come across. Equally, increasing numbers of people are working from home and therefore exploring backyard offices, which we cover towards the end of this resources page.
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Tiny House Resources
If you are interested in building your own tiny house, the tiny house DIY book is a great 180+ page with 168 color photos and lots of instructions. Whilst if you want the convenience of buying one, check out our full directory of tiny house builders which covers all American states and some other countries around the world.
There are some great TV shows and books covering tiny houses to help get you further inspired:
This TV show has been running from 2014 and it celebrates the movement of buyers opting to live in spaces smaller than 500 square feet.
Tiny House Nation has been running from 2014, with episodes aired this year (by FYI) and available on Netflix, it tracks buyers and builders who aim for spaces no bigger than 300 square foot.
This realtor-led show helps buyers downsize to "tiny houses" which are 600 square feet or less. Airing on HGTV, this show has also been around since 2014..
British architect George Clarke has been running around the country (and parts of Europe) tracking amazing small space builds since 2012, in this inspiring TV show which caters for tiny houses, backyard offices, RVs and more.
Tiny House World aired for two years from 2015 to 2016 from network FYI, with this world-centric TV show covering tiny houses anywhere outside of America.
This Australian TV show also tracks tiny houses, although it only had a single season (in 2015) before not being comissioned further. It is still an interesting watch though, especially to see an Aussie perspective on the tiny house movement.
The book 'Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet' was written in 2014 by Ryan Mitchell (of TheTinyLife.com) and it is a great treasure trove of information about all aspect of tiny house living.
An in-depth look at 59 unique, innovative "microshelters" - i.e. tiny houses and similar small buildings - by Derek Diedricksen, published in 2015.
Dan Louche's Tiny House: Design and Construction Guide shows you the entire road map you need to go from bare ground (or trailer!) to your very own tiny house.
If you liked microshelters, you will probably love microliving: it is from the same author (Derek Diedricksen) and it was published in 2018 containing the very latest pictures, tips and tricks for modern day tiny house living.
This 2017-published book by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison aims to be a one-stop guide for all aspects of tiny house designing/building and living, and it is a good size book at over 300 pages.
Katie Hutchison's The New Small House is another "show and tell" type book, with 275 photos and 30 _"detailed illustrations"_ to help inspire you.
We have also found the following websites and articles to be really helpful:
- TinyHouseForum.com: the only active tiny house message boards on the web. We recently signed up and it’s nice to be part of a young but growing online community.
- Tiny House Blog: as the name suggests, this is a blog all about tiny houses! It is frequently updated and has some nice articles, so it is worth checking it out.
- Tiny Home Builders: these guys have lots of useful videos, plans, construction guides and even a building service to help you achieve your tiny house dream.
- Tiny House Listings: an online marketplace where you can buy and sell tiny houses, if the time ever comes where you want to move on.
Backyard Office Resources
A backyard office can be a great DIY project, especially as they usually do not require plumbing. Our comprehensive step by step illustrated DIY guide covers the steps in great detail and it is completely free (no signs up nor annoying pop-ups, either!) so is worth checking out. If you do not want to start completely from scratch, our following articles will help you out:
Buying a prefab for your backyard office or studio can be very convenient, so we explore loads of suitable prefab companies in this ultimate roundup article.
This comprehensive roundup article will point you towards various backyard office floor and building plans to help you get started with your backyard studio build.
These contain dozens of different prefab companies and floor/building plans for your backyard office and studio needs.