.i n s i t e b u i l d e r s small - simple - sustainable


SketchUp: basic 3D modeler that can do just about anything

Scribus: one of the best desktop publishing programs, and its free

Xn View: image editor that sorts, edits and converts graphic images

OpenOffice: open source for a suite of word, presentation, spreadsheet, paint and draw programs

Coffee Cup: HTML editor for making quick project web pages

OpenProj: simple and powerful scheduling software and project manager

AVG: free version of this software is essential for web/email security

PDF Fill, PDF writer with a collection of tools to work with PDF files

WINK: captures screenshots, video and voice for tutorials and shorties

Simple Graphic Programs

FreeByte: source for hundreds of free, opensource programs

UltimatePaint: one of the best paint programs at any price

Skencil: vector graphic program for the Macintosh (or Linux)

i.MAGE: free and simple paint program good for editing images

Draw: vector graphic program for the PC, see also Open Office above

Simple 3D Modeling Programs

POVray: popular rendering program for 3D architectural models

3DBase: very simple, limited intorduction to 3D modeling

Anim8or: complicated, but produces outstanding realistic models

3DVia: free 3D shape shape modeler, simple to use

MorisDov: Adds animation and movement to a 3D construction model

Simple 2D Drafting Programs

CADStd: simple 2D CAD program for just about any project

JustCAD: simple 2D CAD origram with just about everything one needs

CADvance: 2D drafting program, old version of latest software

Desi III: one of the best free CAD programs, good for any project size

Graphic Communication Books

Understanding Comics. Scott McCloud

Comics and Sequential Art. Will Eisner

Envisioning Information. Edward Tufte

Sustainable Resources

Solar Calculator: Weather Underground

eBackroad: directory of resources

Environmental Building Products: Resource forum

Passive House Design: Overview of passive housing

Passive-On: Planning a passive house

Real Goods: Solar and renewable resources

Sustainability Store: Help to create a more sustainable future.

Alternative Living Resources

Tai Chi: Gentle movements of tai chi reduce stress and offer other health benefits

Feng Shui: Shambhala publication on the fundamentals of Feng Shui

Vastu Shastra: Ancient form of environmental design, siting, and understanding spacial relationships



Small House Plans, People and Ideas

Antique Homes (Classic houses plans)
Architectural House Plans (Custom plans)
Bottleman's tiny house struggle
Bright Built Barn: ideas and design

Concrete Treehouse: Concrete Mag
CountryPlans.com (Small house plans)
Cusato Cottages (House plans)
DorNob: Design ideas daily

DesignBoom: (Blue Forest: Eco-perch)
eSmallHousePlans.com (Small house plans)

Family Home Plans (small house plans)
FabPreFab (Prefabricated housing)
Future House - Japan
Glen-L - RV Plans you can build
Great House Trucks
Gregory Kloehn: Homeless houses

How Tiny Houses Work: defines tiny
Humble Homes: House plans, articles

Little Digs (Great collection of ideas)
Living Box (Small house ideas)
Living Small (Article)

M.Barkley MicroHome (house on wheels)
Micro House Manual (N55 Innovations)
Mini-Cabin Plans (How-to Information)
Moser Design Group (House plans)

Oasis Design: Deep Ecology
Open Source Plans (Not so open)
Pallet Houses (Pallet construction)

Pinterest-Tiny Houses
Pre-Fab Homes (Directory of prefabs)
Phrannie.org (RV info)

Relax Shack: Tiny architecture and small living solutions
Rick Thompson Cottages (House plans)
Sheldon Designs (Catalog of simple plans)
Shelter Institute (Hennin post and beam)
Shed Forum (Lifestyle for shed workers)

Sidekick Homes: Small house plans
Skylight Studios (Directory)
Slow Express Journey - Caravaning
Small Cabin Home - Do it Yourself Guide

Small Cottage Plans
Small Footprint Living - Ideas
Small House Building - Guide and resources

Small House Bliss
Smallest House in America - Photoblog
Suburban TiPi - Experimental

This Tiny House blog and ideas
Tea-House (Sanctuary)
The Mad Houser (Affordable housing)

Tiny Cabin in the Woods: personal account
Tiny Free House (Blog)
Tiny House Design (Live Light and Small)
TinyHouse.Net (Ideas)

Tiny House Forum (Share ideas)
Tiny House Hunter (Ideas)
Tiny House Swoon (Galleries)
Tiny Woodland Home (Organic)

Walking House (N55 Innovations)
Wagon Teamster (Slowly to ???)
Wagons Online (Gypsy caravans)
Wired Magazine Article (Tiny Houses)
Zoey's Tiny House (Blog)

Small House Companies and Suppliers

Abtech: Forkliftable small buildings

Ace Sectional Buildings: Prefab sheds, buildings, and houses
All Around the House (Small appliances)
Air & Water Inc: (Small appliances)

Backyard City: Sheds
Bear Creek Company (Cabins)
Bear Creek Carpentry (Adirondacks)
Beaver Log Cabins (UK small houses)
Bungalow in a Box (Panel construction)

Cabana Villages
Cabin Fever
Canyon Classic Canyons (Design Build)

CareFree Houses
CAVCO Cabins (Park homes)
Chariot Homes (HUD Code RV Homes)
Compact Appliances (Small appliances)

First Day Cottages
Free Spirit Sphere

Garage Quotes: Prefab conc bldgs, UK
Garden Sheds and Summer Leisure Buildings
Global Portable Building
Green Shelter: Live well not large

Habitaflex (Transportable homes)
Hansens (Barn, garage, storage kits)
Hybrid Seattle (Shipping containers)

Instant Mobile Houses (Park homes)
Insteading: Self-sufficient and sustainble suppliers
Just Cabins (Portable shelters)

Kithaus (Modular houses)
Landcaster County Barns
Little House
Little Green Buildings: SIP Construction

Mandala Round Homes
Metro Shed
Micro Compact Houses

Modular House
Modern Cabana
Modern Shed (Shed Houses)

Out of the Box
Porta Huts
Roccio Romero

Shelter-Kit (Owner build kits)
Small Works - Studios and Housing
Summerwood Sheds
Sweetwater Bungalows

Tiger Sheds All kinds of sheds and tiny houses
TimberLast Small Houses (Post and beam)
Tiny House Listings: Tiny homes for sale

Tiny Texas Houses (Recycled materials)
Tony's Tea House (Simple and Zen)
Toyotomi (Small Appliances)
Trendir: Sustainable home building
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

VanWyck Wood Builders
Wallpole Company (Small Buildings)
Zen Cabins

Sustainable Organizations

Architecture for Humanity
Building Green Magazine

Change.Org: Tiny houses end homelessness
EcoBusiness Links

Garden Building Directory
House that Could - Article on ADUs
Natural Home Magazine
Permaculture Research Institute

Small House Society (Join!)
Small House Discussion Group (Join in!)
Strawbale Building Association
Tree Hugger

US Green Building Council

Small, Simple and Sustainable Developments

Belize Open Source
Cottage Company
Container City

The Cottage Company: Danielson Grove

Gail and Snowden
Greenhome Building
Green Homes For Sale

IKEA Housing development (small house article)
Lucias Little House

Rick Thompson
Ross Chapin
Small Green Homes For Sale

Small World, Big Ideas: NYTimes
Spring Valley Cottages

Tata Housing (small house development)
Tofte Project (Idea)
Yurts of Costa Rica (Eco friendly)



Sustainable Architecture

Eco-Renovation: The Ecological Home Improvement Guide. Edward Harland

Good Green Homes: Creating Better Homes for a Healthier Planet. Jennifer Roberts

Green by Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living. Angela M. Dean

Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options. Greg Pahl

Passive Solar Energy: The Homeowner's Guide to Natural Heating and Cooling. Bruce Anderson

Real Goods Solar Living Source Book: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living, 11th Ed). John Schaeffer

Sustainable Architecture: Low Tech Houses. Arian Mostaedi

The Ecology of Architecture: A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building by Laura C. Zeiher

Healthy House Construction

Fast Feng Shui: 9 Simple Principles for Transforming Your Life by Energizing Your Home. Stephanie Roberts

The Healthy House : How to buy one, How to build one, How to cure a sick one, 4th revised ed. John Bower

Healthy House Building for the New Millennium. John Bower

Healthy House Catalog: National Directory of Indoor Pollution Resources by Stuart Greenberg, Robert Staib

Japanese Gardening in Small Spaces. Isao Yoshikawa

Prescriptions for a Healthy House. Paula Baker-Laporte, Erica Elliott, John Banta, Lisa Flynn

Books on Small Houses

500 Small Houses of the Twenties Henry Atterbury Smith

The Backyard Builder: Over 150 Build-It-Yourself Projects for Your Garden, Home, and Yard. John Warde

Big Book of Small House Design Don Metz, et al

Blokes & Sheds. Jim Hopkins. (A favorite)

Building Small Barns, Sheds and Shelters. Monte Burch

Building a Shed: Expert Advice from Start to Finish. Joseph Truini

The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway. Dale Mulfinger, Susan E. Davis

Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat. David R. Stiles, Jeanie Stiles, Don Metz

Cabin Fever: Sheds and Shelters, Huts and Hideaways. Marie-France Boyer

Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home. Sarah Susanka, Grey Crawford

Creative Plans for Yard and Garden Structures: 42 Easy-To-Build Designs for Gazebos, Sheds, Pool Houses, Playsets, Bridges and More! Connie Brown

For Your Garden: Garden Sheds and Potting Areas (For Your Garden Series). Penelope O'Sullivan

Freewheeling Homes David Pearson (London; Chelsea Green Press, 2002).

Ideas for Great Backyard Cottages. Cynthia Overbeck Bix

Haiku Cottage Karl Ashley Smith

Havens and Hideaways: Cozy Cabins and Rustic Retreats. Jo Denbury, Chris Tubbs (Photographer), Ali Watkinson

Havens and Hideaways. Ryland Peters & Small, Mandy Pritty, Chris Long

Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter

How to Design & Build Sheds. Paul Ehrlich

Huts, Havens and Hideaways. Jo Denbury and Chris Tubbs

A Hut of One's Own: Life Outside the Circle of Architecture. Ann Cline

A Little House of My Own: 47 Grand Designs for 47Tiny Houses. Les Walker

Little House on a Small Planet Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats and Energy Efficient Alternatives. Saloman.

Little Retreats. Jane Tidbury and Peter Aprahamian

Living Large in Small Spaces. Marisa Bartolucci

Men and Sheds. Gordon Thorburn

Mini House, Alejandro Bahamon, Harper Design International

Mini Houses Now. Agata Losantos, Collin Design

More Small Houses: Fine Homebuilding Great Houses. Fine Homebuilding Magazine (Editor), Taunton Press

New Cottage Homes. Jim Tolpin. Tauton Press.

New Small Homes. Aurora Cuito

Sheds: Do it Yourself Backyard Builders David Stiles

Shelter, Sheds, and Shanties, D.C. Beard

The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live. Sarah Susanka, Kira Obolensky

The Not So Big House Collection: The Not So Big

Not So Big Solutions for Your Home. Sarah Susanka

Outdoor Shelter Plans: Overheads, Sheds and Gazebos. Roger S. Grizzle

Palliser's New Cottage Homes. Palliser & Co.

A Place of Your Own Making: How to Build a One-Room Cabin, Studio, Shack, or Shed
Stephen Taylor

Rodale's Step-By-Step Guide to Outdoor Furniture for the Backyard Builder: Easy-To-Build Projects for the Yard and Deck. Bill Hylton

Rustic Retreats: A Build-It-Yourself Guide
by David R. Stiles, Jeanie Trusty Stiles

Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders. David R. Stiles

Sheds & Garages. Sunset Books

Small City Houses. Evergreen Books

Small House Designs Kenneth Tremblay

Small Houses, Great Houses. Fine Homebuilding

Small Houses, Nicolas Pople, Universe Publishing

Small Log Homes-Storybook plans and Sage advice. Robbin Obomsawin

Small Houses of the Twenties. The Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog (Dover Pictorial Archives) [UNABRIDGED]

Start to Finish Sheds & Gazebos. Martin Miller

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