Sunday, July 3, 2016

Living Large in Our Little House by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

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
◊ Hardcover: 240 pages
◊ Genre: Hobbies and Homes, Small Homes and Cottages
◊ Publisher: Reader’s Digest (June 7, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1621452522
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1621452522


          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.

The new trend to down-size and declutter has transcended into how people are viewing housing structures in the past few years.

Tiny houses have a lot to offer, but there are problems and pitfalls with the decision to live smaller. Author Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell shares her family’s joy at moving into a 480 square foot house. However, she also details the hardships they encountered to make their little house a dream.

For anyone thinking of moving into or building a tiny house, LIVING LARGE IN OUR LITTLE HOUSE is a must read. This book will make you aware of some of the various regulations you might encounter and some questions to ask yourself about the move to a small living space.

In addition, the book includes numerous websites you can visit for more personal accounts of living in small spaces. This is a handy guide to tiny houses with heartfelt advice and inspiration. It’s a charming book that will have you looking at your living area in a whole new light.

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, Reader’s Digest, @2016, ISBN: 978-1621452522, Hardcover, 240 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by. What are your thoughts on tiny houses? Do you live in one or would you like to?


  1. I have way too much stuff. Particularly but not exclusively books. My partner is even more guilty. I would like to live a simpler life, but am not ready to go down the tiny house path. Yet.

  2. It would be like living in a motor home. I'm not ready to go smaller though. I like my stuff. I don't live in a huge house anyway.

  3. What a fascinating perspective on life this must be, Mason! And how they manage to make it all work - that must be really interesting, too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Some of those houses are just adorable. If I wasn't already frustrated with the size of my kitchen, I'd consider it.

  5. My home is about 960 square feet and already feels tiny. I could not imagine living in something smaller. I'm hooked on space, lol.


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