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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

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Good things come in small packages!

  • Plans for six types of tiny houses and box bungalows: Anderjack, Beavan, Gifford, Stamper, Weller, and Zinn, each 100 to 120 square feet
  • 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


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!

Jay Shafer's DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses is packed with photos, elevation drawings, and door/window schedules 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 and contains many new photos of buildings designed by the author. A designer specializing in sustainable architecture and urban planning, Jay Shafer is internationally recognized as an expert in small living. He has lectured extensively on these subjects for such venues as the Eco-Dwelling program at New College, the Boston Architectural Center, and the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History—where he also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor for more than a decade. Small buildings from the author have been featured on CNN, Oprah, Fine Homebuilding, and This Old House.

The handsome little buildings inside Jay Shafer's DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses are filled with interesting and practical details including real doors, windows, and skylights. With extra design attention to energy and space efficiency, these tiny houses can help you on the road to a sustainable world!

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